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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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-208-5956
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.
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 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.
Physical Education and Training
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
R 796.332 Es65p 2007
ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia.
R 796.334 L113w
World Encyclopedia of Soccer.
R 796.357 B291 1996