SPORTDiscus is an article database we access through a company called Ebsco. Its subjects include biomechanics, exercise physiology, health education, kinesiology, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical education, physical therapy, and sports medicine. SPORTDiscus includes more than two million records for resources on fitness, health, and sport studies, so it is a good place to start your exercise science research!
We'll start our tutorial in SPORTDiscus, but normally you can access SPORTDiscus from the CSB/SJU Libraries homepage by going to Databases A-Z and clicking on SPORTDiscus.
A couple of notes before we get started:
Let's try a search in SPORTDiscus.
1. Type What kind of awareness or knowledge do high school athletes have about concussions? into the top search box on the page.
2. Click the Search button.
Why? SPORTDiscus and other library databases do not work like Google, and you won’t get many results if you put your entire research question or a long string of search terms into one search box. Use just a couple of carefully selected search terms instead!
Which of the following are the best search terms for your topic?
1. Type concussions awareness high school into the top search box on the page.
2. Click the Search button.
How many results did your search return?
That really isn’t very many results! After all, you’re researching a popular, important topic and SPORTDiscus has millions of articles! How can we improve our search to get more (and better) results? You’ll need to separate out your main terms and put them in different search boxes.
We can greatly improve our search by using the word AND between our search terms or phrases.
1. Change your search so that concussions (your first concept) is in the top search box, awareness (your second concept) is in the second search box, and high school (your third concept) is in the third search box. Note that the default connector term for search boxes is AND.
1. Brainstorm other terms related to your research topic. Look at overviews of your topic on Wikipedia or in some of the articles you’ve already found to identify additional terms.
2. Look at the Subjects listed for your articles in SPORTDiscus. These are the official “tags” the database uses to describe what articles are about.
3. Contact Kelly or another CSB/SJU librarian for suggestions - we're always happy to help!
Use a search for concussions AND awareness. How many search results are there? Now click on the Peer Reviewed checkbox.
How many results do you have now?
Change the date range to only include articles from 2014 to the present.
2. Click on the article’s title to get further information about the article. Read the article summary, known as the Abstract.
Based on the abstract, does this article look like it could be useful for your assignment? Remember, your topic is “What kind of awareness or knowledge do high school athletes have about concussions?”
2. Read the article’s Abstract.
Based on the abstract, does this article look like it could be useful for your assignment? Remember, your topic is "What kind of awareness or knowledge do high school athletes have about concussions?"
Let's go over three possible options for getting a full-text copy of an article:
This is a scanned version of the article.
This is a simple text version of the article. It may not include the formatting, page numbers, and images that were in the original published article.
This button appears when SPORTDiscus does not have the full text for an article. Clicking on the Find It button will tell you one of two things:
1. If we have a copy of the full text in a different CSB/SJU Libraries' database (just not in SPORTDiscus, the database we're currently using), the Find It button will provide links to the database(s) that have the full text. Look for this icon:
2. If we DON'T have access to a full-text copy, you will need to request the article from another library through our Interlibrary Loan service.
To place an ILL request, click on the Request item through Interlibrary Loan button:
If you actually wanted to place this request, you would fill out the InterLibrary Loan Request Form and then Submit your request (you don't need to do that for this tutorial, though!). Your Barcode is the 14-digit number on the back of your student ID.
You'll get an email alert when your article is available. Sometimes you can access the article online by following steps in the email, but sometimes you'll need to come to the library to pick up a printed copy.
1. Trying different search terms
2. Exploring other library databases
3. Tracking down relevant sources that are cited in articles you've already found (review their bibliographies!)
If you have further questions or would like assistance finding sources, please email CSB/SJU librarian Kelly Kraemer ([email protected]) to set up a research appointment. She is happy to help!
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