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Articles, Books, the Web, and More

Library databases, including SPORTDiscus with Full Text, Health Source Nursing/Academic edition, and Education Research Complete, are a major source of high quality information on exercise and sport science. These include descriptions of articles published in sports & sports medicine journals, other medicine and education journals, and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available. You can find full text articles here to read online or print out.

The library's collection of books includes a section of kinesiology and exercise literature and may be of particular use to those who are considering teaching and training.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink.

Use the tabs above for more detailed information and instructions.

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General Search



The most current research reports in exercise and sport science (kinesiology) studies will be found in journal articles. EBSCOhost includes several databases useful for this research. Type a search in the box above, or click on the links of the databases listed below to search them individually and control your searches more.

What is a scholarly source?
  • Check out this page to remind you of the difference between scholarly and popular sources.
Watch out for plagiarism.
How to search for your information in databases:
  1. Type in your keywords. Click search.
  2. On the left-hand side of your screen, click Full Text and Peer Reviewed, and select a Publication Date within the last 5-10 years. Click Update.
  3. Narrow your search to your subject area. Click on Subject. Check the boxes next to topics that are related to your research. Click Update.
  4. If you do not have enough articles, you can Remove Full Text from your search by clicking on the orange X next to it.
What to do with your articles:
  1. Click on the title of the article.
  2. If it is available in Full Text, you can Read, Print, Email, and Cite it all from your computer.
  3. If it is not available in Full Text, you can check to see Does the Library Own It?
  4. There may be a link to another database, or a link to the University's Print Holdings.
  5. Follow the Link to find out more information.
  6. If there are NO LINKS, you may be able to borrow the article through Inter-library Loan.  REMEMBER: It can take 3 days to 2 weeks to get an article from another library.

Choose a Database

SPORT Discus with Full Text (EBSCOhost) is the premier database in sports and sports medicine.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) is a general database that includes many articles related to kinesiology and exercise studies.

Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) includes magazines and journals on the sports business.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text and MEDLINE with full text allow access to medical journals, some of which have articles on sports-related medicine.

Education Research Complete (EBSCOhost) has journals related to athletics training and similar topics.

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost) includes journals on health, sports, and exercise.

MAS Ultra School Edition (EBSCOhost) and MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost) include magazines on health, sports, and exercise.


Get Complete Articles

Most of the library's collection of exercise and sport science journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.

However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.

We can request most of the articles we don't own through Inter-library Loan. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Search the Catalog

Search the library's holdings (the catalog) using the search box above. The library's holdings include about several hundred online kinesiology and exercise studies titles. These are included in the catalog, or you can search them directly through Ebrary.

Use WorldCat to search the library collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this item from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Download FREE ebooks in PDF format from National Academies Press on Sports. You have to create an account, but it's free!

Searching by Subject Headings often provides the best results.

General examples:
Exercise
Human anatomy
Exercise Therapy
Movement
Muscles
Physical Education and Training

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Exercise Studies and related areas

707 Education, research, related topics in the Arts
796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
797 Aquatic & air sports

607 Education, research, related topics in Applied Sciences
610 Medical sciences Medicine
611 Human anatomy, cytology, histology
612 Human physiology
613 Promotion of health
614 Incidence & prevention of disease
615 Pharmacology & theraputics

Locations for Exercise Studies materials

1st floor: Reference
3rd floor: Circulating Collection
5th floor: Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
Basement Storage: older circulating materials and journals

APA Citation Help

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) has some excellent resources for learning to write and cite in APA format.

Check out their APA Style Workshop as well as the Formatting and Style Guide which guides you on specific citation rules.

The library also has a physical copy of the APA style guide in the Permanent Reserves; ask at the Circulation desk:

R 808.06615 C748c6 2010
Concise Rules of APA Style (6th ed.)

Government Databases and Websites

Health.gov has health information for individuals and families, including information on health literacy, and physical activity and dietary guidelines.

Nutrition.gov has free online access to government information on food and human nutrition.

PubMed is a free government database that has access to select full text articles on health topics. It is put out by the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health. MedlinePlus is the more consumer-oriented version of PubMed.

Associations and Professional Websites

The following are only a selection of the professional organizations related to exercise and sport science:

The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) supports faculty, students, teachers, fitness trainers, recreation instructors, and community leaders who promote lifelong and inclusive physical activity and recreation.

The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. AKA does this by advocating for kinesiology at national and international levels as well as by supporting its member departments by providing resource materials and leadership and educational opportunities for university administrators in kinesiology.

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is the largest national membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists. Recreational therapists are healthcare providers who use recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions.

The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) is an organization for professionals in higher education. Its purpose is to foster leadership in teaching, administration, policy, preparations for the professions and scholarship.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.

The Oklahoma Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA) is intended to provide the public with a current perspective on events and issues regarding the Athletic Training profession within the state of Oklahoma.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) has the mission to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.

The Therapeutic Recreation Directory is an independent recreation therapy web site with information and resources supplied by its users. Professional groups involved in this web site include recreational therapy, therapeutic recreation, nursing home activity directors, creative arts, experiential therapy, in-home recreation, physical education for special populations, music therapy, equestrian therapy, and related therapies.

Theses and Dissertations

We now have access to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global!

You can search this database for access to full-text dissertations from many universities and colleges. You can view Abstracts, preview the dissertations, or download the entire dissertation.

A thesis is a document written by a graduate student as part of the master's degree process. Theses are generally kept in the library of the university where the student earned his or her degree, although many are also available through the ProQuest database.

A dissertation is generally a book-length research study completed by a graduate student completing a doctoral degree. Most dissertations produced in the United States are included in the ProQuest database.

You may also search for theses at OCU through the search box at the bottom of the Archives page.

OCU has copies of all theses written by graduates of our school. If you want a copy of a thesis from another school that is not available through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, you will need to request it by Inter-Library Loan and we will do our best to obtain it for you.

Advanced Searching Techniques

Once you have found an article that is relevant to your research, you will want to find more like it.

These are some techniques to find additional articles.

Subject Searches
When you are looking at the Detailed Record of your article, you will see several subjects listed that relate to this article. You can do a couple of things with this information.

  1. Basic Subject Search. Try clicking on the Subject hyperlinks. This will take you to a new search based on that Subject. This tends to produce more results than you are looking for and you will need to narrow your search again.
  2. Add a Subject term to your Advanced Search. In the Advanced Search boxes at the top of the screen type one of the Subject terms in a blank search field. Make sure you choose SU Subject from the drop down box. You could do a new search with multiple Subjects, or just add a Subject to your current search.
Use the Journal's Table of Contents
When you are in the PDF of your article, you will see on the left hand side the entire Table of Contents for that journal issue. Look through it to see if there are additional articles in the same issue that would be useful.

Citation Chaining
Use the citations at the end of your article to find what the author used to develop his or her research. You will probably want to read some of the same articles for yourself. By using one citation to find another article, you create a citation chain that can lead you to very interesting material.

Finding Articles from a Reference List
Use the Journals List to see if we have access to the Journal title listed in the Reference List. Copy the journal title into the search box on the Journals List page. If we have access to it, there will be links provided for where you can go to get it. If we do not have access to it, use the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form to request it.

Finding Books from a Reference List
Use WorldCat to see where you can obtain the book. Copy the book title and paste it into the first search box. If we own it, you will see Oklahoma City University Dulaney Browne Library highlighted in green. Click Libraries Worldwide, then click OCU Dulaney Browne Library. It will take you to the record in our catalog where you can find it in our collection. If we do not have it in our collection, click Libraries Worldwide. The top libraries are those nearest to us. If it is close by and available, you would get it fastest by using your OK Share Card. You may also request it by Interlibrary Loan by clicking the ILL button at the top of the record.

Reference Books

R 796 H88
Sports Rules Book.

R 796 Sp67
Sports: The Complete Visual Reference.

R 796 Sp67w2
Sports Rules Encyclopedia.

R 796.03 En19
Encyclopedia of World Sport.

R 796.32364 T64 2003
Total Basketball.

R 796.332 Es65p 2007
ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia.

R 796.334 L113w
World Encyclopedia of Soccer.

R 796.357 B291 1996
Baseball Encyclopedia.

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