Recreation Therapy


Sources for Statistics and Data

CDC - Data and Statistics on Disability and Health

Resource providing data on topics related to disability such as healthcare cost, national surveys, and state profiles. Provides access to the Disability and Health Data System, a searchable database for disability and health statistics.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook: Recreational Therapists

Website features key information about recreational therapist careers. Includes median pay statistics, information on required education, and the projected job outlook. Website also describes what recreational therapists do, what the work environment is like, and more.

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ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, including a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminology, criminal justice, social work, sociology, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

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Statista aggregates statistical information on over 60,000 topics from more than 18,000 sources, including market research institutes, trade organizations, scientific journals, government databases, and many other private and public resources.  

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How to Conduct Research

These databases may be helpful as you design interventions and evidence-based activities suited to specific client and situation needs.


Provides access to information on measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) in the fields of medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, social work, communication, sociology, and organizational behavior/ human resources. Content in HaPI is based on published studies from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, books, technical reports, and test publishers' catalogs.

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Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods contains more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method.  Access includes research methods case studies and datasets.

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Mental Measurements Yearbook

Provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 3,000 contemporary testing instruments. The MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, sociology, education, business, and leadership.

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ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion contains more than 80 short videos are organized into nine Learning Modules that answer questions like "How do I choose a topic?" "Where do I find information?" and "How do I evaluate sources?" Different kinds of "pre" and "post" assessment questions make the viewing experience more interactive, while allowing educators to measure students’ learning and identify gaps in their understanding.

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Choosing Credible Resources for Research

Recommended Recreation Therapy Databases

Use these databases to find scholarly and peer-reviewed material in recreation therapy, applied human services, and health and medical journals.

ProQuest Central

This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.

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This interdisciplinary database includes coverage of several Recreation Therapy-related journals, including Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Journal of Rehabilitation, and American Journal of Play.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text

International citations on exercise, physiology, physical education and health, parks and recreation, recreation therapy, sports and sports medicine.

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International citations on exercise, physiology, physical education and health, parks and recreation, recreation therapy, sports and sports medicine. Note: The database is limited to four users at a time, so please try again later if you're unable to access it.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a robust collection of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. A core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. Full text coverage dates back to 1937.

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RT Wise Owls

RT Wise Owls is a free database and information resource center developed by the RT Program at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of RT practice.

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More Helpful Databases

Check out these databases for more articles about allied health, health services, and a variety of disciplines.


Developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed is the most comprehensive biomedical research database, and a key resource used by scientists. Please see the PubMed Overview Sheet for Quick Tours.

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Sports Medicine and Education Index

Provides abstracts to physical education curricula, sports medicine, dance. Other coverage includes sport law, kinesiology, motor learning, recreation therapy, standardized fitness tests, sports equipment, business and marketing, coaching and training, and sport sociology/psychology. Health education and physical therapy are also covered.

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Physical Therapy (Gale OneFile)

Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine covers the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine. Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.

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Google Scholar

Search engine for scholarly literature such as articles, papers, theses, books, and reports.

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Health and Wellness (Gale)

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and more.

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Visible Body Physiology Animations

A comprehensive collection of nearly 70 high quality videos that illustrate and animate the core physiological processes of the human body.

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Professional Associations & Certification Resources

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

This website includes information regarding CTRS certification and renewal. Includes resources for financial assistance and employers. The site also provides links to publications.

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North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure

Resource provides information on Recreational Therapy Licensure, including how to obtain and verify a license.

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American Therapeutic Recreation Association

National membership organization representing the interests and needs of therapeutic recreation specialists, or recreation therapists. Provides resources on membership, education, advocacy, and research.

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Interlibrary Loan

Service through the Randall Library that helps users borrow items from other libraries not available at UNCW.

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Writing a Literature Review?

Literature Review: Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

Collection of blog posts from Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega on writing literature reviews.

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SAGE Research Methods: Reviewing the Literature

The literature review is an important part of every research project. This guide takes you through the literature review process, explaining the reasons for reviewing the literature and differentiation between the types of literature available.

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Contact Your Librarian

Meghan Wanucha Smith

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Health and Human Services Librarian
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