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HES 203: Introduction to Athletic Training

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Professor: Mary Joos
Librarian: Michelle Twait

Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Directory of Psychological Tests in the Sport and Exercise Sciences
    Morgantown, WV : Fitness Information Technology 1996
    This directory provides a brief summary of the methods used in a variety of psychological tests relating to sport and exercise science. Tests are organized by subject, such as anxiety, attitudes/values toward sport, body image, and motivation.
    • Location(s): Ref GV706.4 .D57 1996
  • Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies
    Routledge 2006
    This 3 volume set provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the science, social science and medicine of sport. Organized alphabetically, the set covers topics such as: sports economics, sports history, resistance training, diagnosis of sports injuries, cross training, projectile motion, metabolism, overview, motivation, overview, muscle tension length relationship.
    • Location(s): Ref GV567 .E483 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
    SAGE Publications 2011
    This 4-volume set covers a variety of topics, including: conditioning and training; diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries; diet and nutrition; exercise physiology, injury prevention, and sports psychology.
    • Location(s): Ref RC 1206 .E53 2011
  • Encyclopedia of Sports Science
    New York: Macmillan Reference 1997
    The first half of this encyclopedia examines different sports and the basic science concepts behind various aspects of the sport. The second part examines the physiology of sports with topics ranging from body composition to vision.
    • Location(s): Ref GV 558 .E53 1997
  • Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary
    St. Louis : Mosby 2002
    • Location(s): Ref R 121 .M89 2002
  • Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine
    New York: Oxford University Press 2006
    • Location(s): Ref RC 1206 .O94 2006
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Evidence-Based Practice

    • Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
      From the University of Oxford, provides resources and promotes evidence-based health care.

    • Clinical Evidence
      This site provide evidence-based medicine resources, including a peer reviewed journal publishing systematic reviews of important clinical conditions. Clinical Evidence reviews published between 2003 and two years ago are available for free through PubMed Central, 2003 - 2 years ago.

    • Cochrane Library
      Provides evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. You can view the free abstracts and summaries, but Gustavus does not subscribe to full text content.

    • PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database
      A database of over 19,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

    • Trip Database
      A clinical search tool designed to help health professionals to identify clinical evidence for clinical practice. Register for a free account for additional features, such as collaborative tools.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing)
    Provides indexing for over 3,800 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health dating back to 1937; includes full text for more than 750 of those journals. Also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets.
    The National Library of Medicine's index to scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and the health care system, from 1994-present. MEDLINE links to the ProQuest interface; this database can also be searched through the NLM's free PubMed web interface.
    Full text access to the 43 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber, some going back to 1988. PsycARTICLES journals are indexed in the PsycINFO database.
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • PubMed
    The primary source for scholarly information in the health sciences. This database is provided by the National Library of Medicine and indexes scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Many links to full text are included for articles older than six months. Most of this database may also be searched in the ProQuest interface as MEDLINE.
  • PubMed Central
    Free full text scholarly journal archive of literature in the life and health sciences, managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
    early 1900s-6 months ago
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
    The world's most comprehensive bibliographic resource for all aspects of sport and fitness. Contains bibliographic references to international practical and research literature in sport, physical fitness, active living, and physical education. This database contains over 650,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800. It provides full text for more than 440 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus.
    1800-present; updated monthly
Journals and Magazines of Interest
  • American Journal of Sports Medicine
    Available in print from 1997-present. Full-text articles available online (1972-present) through Health Sciences (SAGE Full-Text).
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
    Full-text available from 1970-2007 in PubMed Central.
  • International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
    Full-text available from 2006-present in PubMed Central.
  • Journal of Athletic Training
    Full-text available from 1992- (most recent one year not available) through PubMed Central.
  • Journal of Exercise Physiology Online
    Full-text available from 1998-present online.
  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
    Available in print from 1997-present.
  • Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
    Indexed (from 1987) online. Full-text for 2004-2007 available via SportDiscus. For other years, full-text is available via ILL.
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    Available in print from 1980-present.
Research Methods
  • Berg, K. (2004). Essentials of research methods in health, physical education, exercise science, and recreation. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.
    Call number - Q 180.55 .M4 B417 2004
  • Gratton, C. (2010). Research methods for sports studies. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
    Call number - GV 706.8 .G726 2010
  • Arnold, B. (2005). Research methods in athletic training. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis Co.
    Call number -- RC 1210 .A755 2005
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk
    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian ( or IM/Chat with a librarian.

  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email Michelle at or call x7563.

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