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This guide was created by Eileen Bosch and is edited and updated by Cathy Outten.
Last Updated: Jun 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Keys to Your Success

Research is a multistep process

Research may be very interdisciplinary

Think broadly; then narrow the focus

Keep a record of your sources

Research Tips


Identify key concepts (keywords, synonyms, subject headings)


Identify your information sources (books, journal articles, news, encyclopedias) 


Create search statements using Boolean Operators:

Use AND between different key terms to narrow a search i.e., athletes AND doping 

Use OR between synonym key terms to broaden a search i.e., colleges OR universities

Use truncation symbols (*) to retrieve multiple variations of a word i.e., athlet* retrieves athlete, athletes, athletic, athletics

Use "phrase searching" to search for words in the order they appear i.e., "student athletes"


Getting the Full Text of an Article

Looking for Full-Text?

One of the following buttons appears in almost all of the Library's research databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete or PsycInfo):

Click the button to search all of CSULB's subscriptions for full text of your article.

For more information, click here.


Not available at CSULB?

Put in a request through BeachReach to get full-text of any article. 

You can get to BeachReach from the Get it @CSULB box when you are searching in the databases!

Need more information on BeachReach?  Visit our Interlibrary Services page.


Journals in Kinesiology


Popular Sources are designed for the general population. They are typically written by a non-expert through the use of secondary sources and whose crediibility can be limited. Examples include: Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Time Magazine.

Scholarly or Academic journals  report original scientific research. Submitted articles are usually peer-reviewed by a panel of experts and scholars in the field. Examples include Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.


Location of Periodicals:

Current journals - Lower Level

Older (bound) - ORCA

Online via Databases


Start with these

  • SPORT Discus  
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    This database is the definitive research tool for all areas of sports, physical education, sports management, and sports medicine literature. It also includes coverage in the areas of biomechanics, coaching, exercise, fitness, health, psychology, training and conditioning, sports injuries, and rehabilitation.
  • Academic Search Complete  
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    This interdisciplinary database contains information on sports, physical education, sports management and kinesiology.
  • PsycINFO  
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    The one-stop-shop for a article information on psychology, and especially for sports psychology.
  • ScienceDirect  
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    From one of the preminent scientific publishers, Science Direct is an excellent source for infomation on kinesiology, exercise science, anatomy and other areas of sports science.
  • SocINDEX  
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    Provides abstracts to articles on topics of abortion, criminal justice, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, social development, social psychology, socio-cultural anthropology, sociology, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions.
  • ABI/INFORM Complete  
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    This is a business database, but is a wonderful resource when looking for journal articles on sports management, sports and finance and sports marketing.

Also Useful

  • Business Source Premier  
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    This database contains popular, trade, and scholarly articles covering a wide range of business and marketing topics related to sports. In addition, this database includes access to company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports and SWOT analysis.
  • ERIC (via EBSCO)  
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    ERIC is the premier database in the field of Education. It also contains journal articles in the areas of physical education, sports, and health topics.
  • GenderWatch  
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  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context  
  • Project MUSE  
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  • PubMed@CSULB  
    This database indexes journal articles and books in the biomedical field.
  • MEDLINE (via OVID)  
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    From the National Library of Medicine, this database contains scholarly journal articles covering all areas of medicine, including anatomy and sports medicine.
  • Web of Science  
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  • Newsstand (Formerly Newspapers)  
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    ProQuest Newsstand™ offers great access to sports related articles from over 1300 newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and news websites from several leading publishers. Major newspapers include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many other national and regional titles.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
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    To search for sports related articles, choose the "Power Search" option from menu screen and click "Subject" inside the Add Index Terms box. Check mark "Sports & Recreation" option and click ok. Type your keywords and select your source. This is also an excellent source for sports law.
  • Dissertations and Theses  
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Google Scholar

Retrieve scholarly and peer-reviewed citations on any subject.

Tip: Use “Cited by” and “Related articles” to find additional articles.

If you are on campus, click on Get it! @CSULB. If the full text article is not available or free, check to see if the Library owns it or use Citation Linker (and if not use BeachReach).  

Finding a Specific Article

Citation Linker allows you to enter your citation and find out whether or not the CSULB University Library provides full text. To use CitationLinker you must know the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper the article is in (e.g. Journal of Research in Reading, The Reading Teacher). You will need to enter as much information (article title, journal, author, year of publication, volume, issue, page numbers) as possible, and Citation Linker will search our databases to see if we have a print or electronic copy of the article.     


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