Physical Education and Sports: Tait

Welcome! Click on a tab below to find books, articles, and websites for use in this course.

You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of the resources below from off campus. If your card is not working, it may need to be reactivated.

Questions? Contact me (info to the right), stop by the Reference Desk, or contact us by email or chat.

Image Credit: Jim Larrison, "Loras College All-Sports Camp"
  1. Find an Article
  2. Scholarly or Popular?
  3. APA Style

Searching Databases to Find Scientific Research Articles:

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Struggling to find a topic? Try Gale Virtual Reference Library to get a history and summary of a topic, or Google News to learn about current events.

After you've selected your research topic, head to library databases to look for articles.

Best bet databases for physical education topics:

Academic Search Complete. Academic Search Complete has a huge variety of kinds of information: including both scholarly (research) and popular (magazine or newspaper) articles. Try to search by at least two concepts, and be careful to identify what you're looking at. Confused about the difference between popular and scholarly articles? Click the next tab over.

Science Direct
Science Direct is a database full of scientific scholarly articles. In order to search, try putting in two keywords and selecting "Subscribed Journals" on the initial search screen. Confused? Click below.

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CINAHL Complete Cinahl, a nursing database, covers a wide range of topics that might impact your work. .


Looking for a particular journal? See the list below:

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD) Search for citations to articles using the link. Request the full-text of specfici articles by clicking "Find This."

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: All articles are available online except for those published in the past year. Use the search box in the upper right corner to look for a specific topic.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Again, you'll want to click on "Find This" underneath an article citation to request the full-text of an article.

Distinguishing a Research Article From a Popular Article

Worried that you might be reading a trade article from a scholarly article, or a review article from a scientific research article?

Start by looking for the distinctive markers of a scholarly article: are the authors' degrees or university affiilations listed? Do you see an abstract? How about charts, tables, graphs?

Once you are certain that you are looking at a scholarly article, make certain that your article is a scientific research article, by looking for the following distinctive sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References or Works Cited

Some of these sections may be merged with other sections, have slightly different names, or may not be labeled, but all should be present in one way or another.

Confused? Take a look at page one of a scholarly article below:

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Notice the following:

  1. The authors list a university affiliation
  2. The abstract is right in the center of the page
  3. The (unmarked) introduction

Want to take a closer look? Cladophora (Chlorophyta) spp. Harbor Human Bacterial Pathogens in Nearshore Water of Lake Michigan is a research article found on PubMedCentral, the government-sponsored free article database. You can use this as a model scholarly research article.

Having Trouble Reading Your Article?

  • Check out this handy guide to reading scholarly articles.
  • Remember that you can use reference databases to explain words or concepts that you're unfamiliar with. Try searching Credo or Gale to start.

Using APA Style

Find directions about how to cite your sources on the library citation guide.

Most databases will have a Cite link that you can also click to get article citations.

Finally, you are welcome to use NoodleBib if you'd like to use a program to create and organize your citations. You must "Create a New Folder" when you use NoodleBIB for the first time. Click on "I am citing a(n):," choose the type of item you are citing, and then fill in the online form. Your bibliography will be formatted for you.

Further questions about APA style? Check out the APA Style Blog, which includes sample papers.