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SPORT Discus with Full Text: Everyone will want to start with this database.
At the top of the search page, there is a link that says “Choose Databases”. Click that link to add in other databases related to your topic. This allows you to search multiple databases at one time and have results from all of them show up in one results list. Suggestions on databases to add are below.
- If your topic is related to Education, add:
- Education Full Text
- Education Research Complete
- If your topic is related to Health, add:
- Health Source–Nursing and Academic Edition
- If your topic is related to Psychology, add:
- Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
For more database options, you can also visit the Kinesiology and Health Subject Guide.
If you have questions about doing research for this assignment or need more assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My contact information is listed at the top of the page.
A quick demonstration of how to find articles for this assignment:
“And”, “Or”, “Not”(Boolean Operators): Use the words to narrow or expand your search results. For Example:
- “automobiles” AND “accidents” will return results that contain BOTH of the terms.
- “juvenile” OR “adolescent” OR “teenager” will return results that contain at least one of the terms. Useful for words with similar meanings.
- “cinderella” NOT “rock band” will return results that do NOT include the 1980’s rock band, Cinderella.
Brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. If you find a good resource, look at the “Subject Headings” or “Descriptors” listed and use those as additional search terms.
Bibliographies/References/Works Cited pages are great ways to find additional resources. You can search the library’s Catalogs and/or Databases.
Peer-Reviewed/Scholarly Journal Articles
There are many terms for peer-reviewed articles and journals, such as: scholarly, refereed, and professional. All of these terms mean the same thing and are interchangeable. Finding these types of articles is not as difficult as one might think. There are several things you can look for to help determine if an article is peer-reviewed or scholarly.
- Length: Scholarly journal articles will be much longer than magazine or regular journal articles.
- Vocabulary: These articles are intended to be read by people already in this field of study or students who are preparing for this field. Therefore, authors of these articles will often use jargon and terms associated with that field.
- Research: These articles will also include some research information–either from original research (in which case they will provide information on how the study was conducted), or research gathered from other sources (if this is the case, you will see a resources list–much like a “Works Cited” page).
There are other clues you can look for to determine whether an article is scholarly, but those are the main ways to tell. In most databases, you will see an option on the search page to limit to peer-reviewed articles (as shown in the picture below). Using this option on the search page will weed out articles from your results list that are not peer-reviewed.
The video below explains what a peer-reviewed/scholarly article is and describes the differences between scholarly/peer-reviewed articles and other articles.
Q & A on APA
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A. General APA Formatting Info
Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper? What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics
Q. What should my Reference list at the end of the paper look like? What should the header for this page look like? In what order should my references be listed?
A. Reference List Basics
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