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History Course Handouts: History 499, (Sports & Recreation)

Handouts Used for Library Instruction in History Research

Gender & Sex Roles in Media, Library Resources

History 499 (Sports & Recreation)

Library Resources (Fall 2017)

Greg Armento, History Librarian (562-985-4367) 

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY PAGE  an overview of services available in the library.


Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Online Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. 2 vols.Ref GV11 E555 2009

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America. Online Encyclopedia, 2004

Sports Culture: An A - Z Guide: 2nd Floor Stacks   GV706.5 .C383 2000

ONESEARCH for Books at CSULB Access to our 1.25 million University Library books, some over 500 years old.

For better results, try OneSearch subject keyword search. You’ll get items with higher relevancy. Try some of these Note that the asterisk* at the end of a word will find sport* (sports  or sporting or sportsmen, etc)

sport*    athlet*    soccer    football    basketball    baseball    rugby

  • Mix one term above with the name of a country for some possible useful results.

Try these same searches in CSU+ for potentially many more relevant books that can be brought  here in 3-4 days.


CSU+ To rapidly get books from other libraries that we don’t have or that are out.

BeachReach to get journal articles not found in our library or online. 


American Periodicals 1740 - 1900 Full text popular and scholarly periodicals including ads.

Google News Archive Full text facsimile newspapers from the 1800s to the present day. Good for finding full text regional newspaper articles. But you can't limit or sort by time period

Historical Los Angeles Times, 1881-1994 Full text online coverage of the L.A.T. Go to DOCUMENT TYPE and limit your search to DISPLAY ADS

Historical New York Times, 1851-2013  

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective, 1900-1984  Covers 1200 scholarly journals.

JSTOR Online Journal Archive  A full text archive of core scholarly journal literature in the social sciences and humanities dating back to the 1850s.

Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982  Popular magazines.

Times (OF London) 1785-2010. Full text of London Times


To find the articles in databases, look for the Get It @ CSULB Logo  in each citation. It is a shortcut to find the article online. If we don’t have the article in the building, or online use BeachReach To rapidly get journal articles we don’t have, from other libraries.

Academic Search Complete  Accesses nearly 6000 journals. Provides comprehensive interdisciplinary coverage 1990 to date.

Communication and Mass Media Complete   Covers scholarly journal articles in areas related to communication and mass media, 1922 to date.

Dissertations and Theses  Provides full text access to thousands of PhD dissertations back to the 1960s.

Global Newsstream Thousands of U.S and international newspapers, full text.

Historical Abstracts (World History) & America History & Life (U.S. History) The premier indexes for scholarly research in history. Articles go back to the 1950s.

SPORTS Discus. Research in sports, games, athletics.

SocIndex. Wide variety of social science research topics

Sociological Abstracts Research in sociology.


Put “phrases in quotes” to force word adjacency

Use domain stems to find sites in specific internet realms

  • site:gov (will limit searches to government documents)
  • site:org (will limit searches to non-profit organizations)
  • site:edu (will limit searches to U.S. academic institutions
  • site:int (will limit searches to international agencies)

Google Books  may allow you to read chapters of selected books. You may find the full book in OneSearch or CSU+

Google Scholar  to find scholarly journal articles. If you do this in the library, you may find full text articles you can open.