Physical Education

PHYS 2251

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

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian.

  1. Topic
  2. Websites
  3. Books
  4. Articles
  5. Cite
  6. Examples

Getting Started: Finding a Topic

You'll want to start by picking out a topic that is interesting to you. Have a health question you've always secretly wondered about, such as whether chocolate really is healthy, or if vaping can hurt your lungs? Now is your chance to answer that question.

Feeling kind of lost for topics? Check out your textbook, the New York Times health section or search Google News with the word health to see what types of stories come up.

Background Information

We have a number of reference materials that can provide necessary detail so that you understand your topic.

Try the following online sources, each of which have the full-text of hundreds of dictionaries and encyclopedias:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library provides statistics, health information, and treatment info. This is a great place to start.
  • Medline Plus Provides access to 700 health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and videos.

Evaluating Websites

When it comes to health topics, nearly everyone has opinions: are we getting enough Vitamin D? How much exercise is enough? Your job is to evaluate the websites a Google search produces so that you can find good information--written by authors you can trust, that is up-to-date, and as objective as possible.

Authorship: Who created this website? What is their background on the topic? Are they trustworthy?

Bias: Why was the website created? What point of view does the author have? Does that limit the facts they present or how the facts are presented?

Date: How old is the information that is presented? Is it still accurate?

Questions? Check out the COD Library's guide to evaluating information.

Some places to find good information include:

Healthfinder
The U.S. government's directory of authoritative health information including links to online journals, medical dictionaries, and prevention and self-care information

MayoClinic.com
Easy-to-understand information on health and medical topics, all reviewed for accuracy by Mayo Clinic experts. (A service of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

DuPage County Health Department
Check out Fact Sheets under Disease Control: Education

The CDC's Youtube Channel has some good resources that you can use to supplement your presentation. Try using Google with words like CDC Youtube Hepatitis.

Finding Books

Once you've discovered background info about your topic, you'll want to search our library catalog for more information.

You can also use the catalog to check for books on your topic. Often, books are written for a general audience, and you can use a chapter to support your information.

Start with a general search of your health topic or condition:
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Now, take a look at the results. You can learn more about any of the items listed by clicking on the titles. Once you've decided that you do want to use a source, write down the title, location, and call number (circled below.) Any librarian can help you find the item with that information. (Notice, too, that all three books listed are in the same place on the library shelf:
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Finding Articles

Articles will give you current and in-depth information about your research topic.

Academic Search Complete has great medical information aimed at a popular audience. Try a search for your topic and then select magazines, newspapers, or scholarly articles on the left of the result screen. Not sure if you're looking at a scholarly article? Check out my guide to both types of information.

Not finding anything on your topic in Academic Search Complete? Science Direct has full-text scholarly articles that you can use on a variety of scientific topics, including health.

Need some help reading a scholarly article? Check out Reading Research Articles for some tips.

Citing Sources

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.

Worried about accidentally committing plagiarism? Check out the library's guide to academic honesty.

Class Exercise

When it comes to health information, there is a huge variety of information to sift through, some helpful and some...not. Let's get started by looking at the following links:

Take a moment to look at your link to tell me the following:

  • Who is the audience for the link? Is the info intended for experts, people with no background, or somewhere in between?
  • Who is the author of the information? Do they seem credible?
  • How old is the information?
  • What is the information's purpose?
  • (Finally) Is the link trustworthy? Why or why not?

Physical Education & Sports

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Welcome to the Physical Education & Sports Research Guide covering Library sources for physical education, fitness, various sports, dance, nutrition and health topics.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in related classes.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian online.

  1. Books, Videos, and Models
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites


Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Select the types of material you'd like to find and then try searching by keyword or title. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


Videos

The Library owns many Physical Education, Sports, Fitness and Dance films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to Health and Diseases at:


Models

The library has a collection of models that can be checked out for student use at Main Circulation Desk on the second floor of the SRC. See the library models that relate to nutrition. See the anatomical models.

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Knovel Library
    This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
  • Science Direct
    Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
  • Scientific American Archives Online
    Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
  • Health Research Databases
  • Issues and Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in science, health, the environment and more.
  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

List of best databases related to health.

Magazines and Journals in the Library and in Databases

Websites

  • ChooseMyPlate.gov
    Tips for healthier eating and increasing physical activity with videos, recipes, food and activity trackers and Food-a-Pedia for nutrition content of over 8,000 foods.
  • MedlinePlus Consumer Health
    Provides access to 700 health and wellness topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, lists of hospitals and physicians health and information in Spanish and other languages..
  • Human Kinetics Internet Links
    From one of the major publishers of textbooks on physical education, coaching, and sports, an excellent list of links to sports, fitness, and physical education sites.
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
    "Public tab" includes links to documents, statistics, concussion infiormation, youth sports and other training related information.
  • NCAA: National College Athletic Association
    The official website of the NCAA, reporting on news and results of the various collegiate men's and women's sports and including listing by college of division rank.
  • NJCAA: National Junior College Athletic Association
    News, directories, and more from the official site of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
  • Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
    The website of a non-profit research and policy organization at Yale University devoted to changing diet and activity patterns to help prevent obesity and also to reduce weight bias.

Springer E-book Collection

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.springerlink.com
Description: 

SpringerLink is a collection of e-books covering topics in technology, sciences and medicine. The COD Library provides access to titles published between 2005-2010. Recent materials on these subjects can be located using the COD library catalog.
Chapters from this collection can be downloaded in PDF to read off-line.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
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Includes full-text content
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No
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Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.alexanderstreet.com/spex
Description: 

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
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Includes full-text content
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Pub Med--National Library Of Medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi
Description: 

Provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related sources.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
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Micromedex Health Care Series

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.micromedexsolutions.com/micromedex2/librarian
Description: 

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
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Medline Plus Consumer Health--NLM

http://medlineplus.gov/
Description: 

MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
This is a trial: 
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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hch
Description: 

This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
This is a trial: 
No
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Health Source: Consumer Edition

https://cod.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hxh
Description: 

This resource provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals. This database also includes searchable full text for more than 1,000 health-related pamphlets and more than 140 health reference books. Also contains 7,000 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish); Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to 1,100 drug monograph entries and 2,700 patient education fact sheets; and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. This database covers topics such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, women’s health, etc.

Off-campus Availability: 
Students, Faculty, and Staff
Full-text Content: 
Includes full-text content
This is a trial: 
No
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