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Finding Journal Articles
The most current research in kinesiology and physical education is often found in journal articles. The U of L Library subscribes to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases in the field of kinesiology are listed on the right. Read the description of each database to determine which ones are most likely to include articles on your topic.
Databases usually provide article citation information and abstracts—summaries of what each article is about. Often, the full text of the article is available within the database or through a
link. If the full text of an article isn't available through the U of L Library, you may request it via an interlibrary loan.
For more information on finding articles through the U of L Library, visit our
Find Journal Articles guide. For tips on how to search databases, watch the video below.
Search Techniques and Strategies
The databases listed below, particularly SPORTDiscus, are core kinesiology resources. They are the best sources of scholarly articles on kinesiology and physical education research.
For a more comprehensive list, see our
Kinesiology Resources page. Keep in mind that many research topics are multidisciplinary, so you may wish to search databases from other subject areas as needed.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
A premier source of scholarly literature on sports and sports medicine, including over 650 full-text journals. Topics covered include active living, consumer health, exercise science and fitness, health education, nutrition, occupational health and safety, physical education, physical therapy, and recreation.
MEDLINE [via OVID]
Produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Indexes approximately 5,200 of the world's leading biomedical journals.
Comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature, including the MEDLINE database. Recently published articles not yet indexed in MEDLINE may be found in PubMed. Maintained by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
APA PsycINFO [via Ovid]
Indexes over 2,500 periodicals in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences.
Academic Search Complete
A very large, broad database indexing over 17,000 journals and magazines, including many leading publications in kinesiology and exercise science. Provides full-text for almost 6,000 peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An excellent database for multidisciplinary topics.
Web of Science Core Collection
Broad, multidisciplinary database indexing over 20,000 scholarly journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings worldwide.
When searching for articles to use in your research, keep in mind that not all articles are scholarly, peer reviewed sources. Magazines such as can be good sources of information on topics related to popular culture and current events; however, be aware that articles in magazines are authored by journalists rather than academics, and thus may not be appropriate for research papers. Sports Illustrated
To determine whether or not an article is peer reviewed, search the title of the
journal in which it is published in Ulrichsweb. Peer reviewed journals will have the black "refereed" symbol ( ) displayed next to them.
For more help with identifying reliable, scholarly sources of information, visit our
Evaluating Sources guide.