Search Instructions

Searching RT Wise Owls is easy! 

Search using keywords

  • Enter your search words into the ‘Search‘ box, which is available at the top of every page. If entering multiple keywords, place a space between each word (e.g., Autism Surfing). You can also include author names (e.g., Autism Surfing Stuhl) and/or research type (e.g., Autism Surfing Stuhl Synthesis). The search program will read the spaces between the keywords as ‘AND.’ If results are limited, the search program will automatically change the spaces between the keywords to ‘OR.’

Search using categories

  • On the right hand side of every page, there is a drop down ‘Category‘ menu. Scan through the categories and choose a topic of interest to explore.


  • Click on the ‘Research‘ tab and scroll through the entries. The most recent entries are listed first.

Obtaining full copies of the articles

Due to copyright law, in many cases we are unable to provide access to entire journal articles. If the full article is not available on this site, we recommend you try the following methods.

  • Utilize electronic databases available to you (e.g., university databases).
  • Conduct a Google search for the article.
  • Go to Research Gate. The article might be available to download or you can directly request a copy of the article from the author through the site.
  • Ask your local librarian or your facility’s librarian to obtain the article for you.

Types of research within the database

  • Meta-analysis: A statistical technique for combining the findings from multiple studies.
  • Systematic Review: A literature review focused on a research question that identifies, appraises, and synthesizes high quality research evidence related to the question.
  • Randomized Control Trial (RCT): A treatment, intervention, or program that is intentionally introduced. Study participants are randomly assigned to an experimental or control group. Results are recorded and analyzed.
  • Other Quantitative Design Study: Any other quantitative design that examines the effectiveness of an intervention or relationship among variables. Types of studies within this category include quasi-experimental design, single-subject design, experimental design without a control group, and survey studies. RCTs are identified separately.
  • Qualitative Design Study: A study that gathers information through observation, focus groups, and/or individual interviews to gain an understanding of the person/group perspective on a phenomenon (exploratory in nature, looking for trends/patterns).
  • Mixed Methods Design Study: A study that utilizes both quantitative and qualitative designs in the same study.
  • Synthesis: A review of a selected body of literature conducted by students under faculty mentorship and peer reviewed by two RT practitioners or faculty members with a Master’s degree or higher that possess the CTRS credential.
  • Guidelines: Statements that include recommendations intended to optimize client care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options