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HES 313: Health Fitness Methods

Spring 2010
The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me - Barbara Fister - directly at


For background try

A-Z Health Topics - basic information, intended for ordinary people who want a little background and advice about health issues, from the National Institutes of Health.

MedlinePlus Health Information - a database of information for ordinary citizens written in easy to understand language from the National Institutes of Health.

For primary source studies try

PubMed - an AMAZING database of mostly primary source research on medical topics, free to the world. If you use the limits, you can refine a search and even request that only free full-text articles be retrieved.

CINAHL - for nurses and allied health professionals, this database includes lots of options, including limiting to peer-reviewed journals. (There are also articles that will give background, but are more practice than research-based, so be careful to sort out which are primary.) Check out the Evidence-Based Care Sheets; the citations at the end of these are great leads to good primary sources.

PsycInfo - the most in-depth database of psychology research.

Sage Premier - this database will be particularly useful for topics with a social side - including issues related to poverty, race, violence, childhood, criminology. Though some nursing journals are included, the emphasis is on the social sciences.

To find the best sources

Read the fine print! If you see a particular research study cited over and over, that means it made a major contribution to what we understand about your topic. That's a sign it should be in your bibliography.

To cite your sources, try

Research and Documentation Online

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.
  • Background information
    • Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary
      • Location(s): Ref R 121 .M89 2002
    • Taber's Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary
      • Location(s): Ref R 121 .T18 2005
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
      Provides an overview of the field of medicine and includes entries on disorders, diseases, treatments, procedures, tests, therapies and common drugs.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 41 .G35 2011
  • History of medicine
    • Chronology of Medicine and Related Sciences
      This title arranges historically important events in medicine and the related sciences in chronological order.
      • Location(s): Ref R 133 .M717 1997
    • Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine
      A trove of information and insights into the history of the field. Includes essays on body systems and how they have been perceived through time, theories of illness, including history of specific diseases and their treatments, geographical essays, clinical history, and medicine in society and culture.
      • Location(s): Ref R 133 .C66 1993
    • Cambridge World History of Human Disease
      A guide to the history of specific diseases across time and in all parts of the world, scholarly and with excellent bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref R 131 .C233 1993
  • Nutrition
    • CRC Desk Reference in Nutrition
      Defines hundreds of terms used in nutrition science. Reflecting the hybrid nature of nutrition science, the book collects terms from biochemistry, molecular biology, and other related disciplines.
      • Location(s): Ref QP 141 .B523 2011
    • Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
      A source of highly technical, scientific articles on all aspects of nutrition, covering topics in depth.
      • Location(s): Ref QP 141 .E526 2005
    • Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease
      A classic textbook, recently updated.
      • Location(s): Ref QP 141 .M64 2006
  • Specific populations
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy Through Adolescence
      A guide to basic information about medical and developmental issues and illnesses; intended for non-specialists.
      • Location(s): Ref RJ 26 .G35 2011
    • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
      Includes substantial articles on major disciplines in the field, research areas, and topics of public interest. Offers up-to-date and thorough coverage of mental disorders, symptoms, treatments, and psychological aspects of such topics as obesity and homelessness.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 437.G36 2008
    • New Harvard Guide to Women's Health
      Aims to answer typical health questions in an accessible form, incorporating recent research findings. Covers over 300 topics, with illustrations.
      • Location(s): Ref RA 778 .C2164 2004
    • Encyclopedia of Aging
      Covers topics related to aging in brief articles.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ1061 .E53 2001
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
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.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rzh

    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.
  • PsycARTICLES,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=pdh

    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,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=psyh

    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).
  • 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,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sph

    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.
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.
  • Evaluating Web Sites

    Learn what to consider when evaluating web sites.
  • Scholarly vs. Trade vs. Popular

    This site will help you distinguish among the various types of publications you may encounter.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00

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