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OTA Program: Finding Books & eBooks

This library guide details the library resources available for Occupational Therapy Assistant students.

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Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Sat: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Finding Books & eBooks


The Polk State Library Catalog can be used to search for any item the library has access to, such as books, ebooks, online videos, DVDs & articles.

To begin your search in the library’s catalog, start at the Polk State Library home page and click on the Book/Catalog link.

Search Tips:

Basic Search – this is the default screen

  • You may limit your search by format (Articles, Audio/visual, eBooks, Books, etc.).
  • You may limit your search by location (Lakeland or Winter Haven campus).
  • If you know the item you are looking for, you can type in the title. If not enter key word(s) for your topic.
  • You can search for exact phrases by placing quotation marks around your terms. (e.g, “Occupational Therapy”).

Advanced Search – Click on the Advanced search option to allow you to search more precisely

  • You can restrict the search by format or location. (You can select a location from the drop down menu and search for items held at that particular location only.)

Search Results

  • The results from your search will be sorted by Relevance to your search terms. You can also sort them by date.
  • Look at the left hand side of your results page to further narrow your search. There are suggestions given as to location(Library/Collection)format, and various subject areas among others.
  • Use the example citations feature, under details to generate a citation. Look for the APA citation & copy then paste. Always double check for accuracy in a style guide.
  • Use e-shelf feature to select items from any search results page and add them your e-shelf (You must log in to do this).

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Finding eBooks

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