Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for animal-assisted therapy (AAT) research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
"a domesticated animal and usually a dog that is trained to perform a supportive function for its owner (such as guiding an owner who is blind or alerting an owner who is deaf to sounds)"
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Service animal. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/service%20animal
Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.
Consider the following:
All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.
therapeutic horseback riding
psychiatric service dogs
seizure response dogs
mobility assistance dogs
mobility service dog
emotional support animal
To find more results: combine terms with OR, for example: guide dog OR seeing-eye dog OR service dog
To find fewer or more pertinent results: Experiment with adding quotes to keep a phrase together. For example, searching "emotional support animal" finds results that keep those words together.
To compare the nuances between terminology, try searching just one term/phrase and then another, for example: How are the results different if "therapeutic horseback riding" is searched compared to if hippotherapy is searched?
Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hyphens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.
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