Sports Science

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Sports Science

Independent Research - getting started

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How to identify different sources of information and links to useful books and ebooks.

Developing advanced search strategies

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How to search systematically for literature. From the initial stages of understanding your vocabulary to using advanced features in databases.

What:

  • The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making and is the leading source to support evidence based practice

Why:

  • Locate systematic reviews, clinical trials and find abstracts of economic evaluations of health care interventions.

How:

  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by database searched;
    • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    • The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects,
    • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
    • The Cochrane Methodology Register
    • Health Technology Assessment Database
    • NHS Economic Evaluation Database.
  • Help pages available
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find Cochrane results when searching NICE Evidence

 


What

  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature

Why

  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied

How

  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available

• Medline fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

What

  • Medline contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available

Why

  • Subjects covered include veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences. Plus life sciences, including some aspects of biology, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry.

How

  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, article type, age, gender, author, language
  • Help pages available
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find Medline results when searching Discovery.

• PsycInfo fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

What:

  • PsycInfo contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available

Why:

  • Locate articles from the psychological, social, behavioural, and health sciences subject areas. Useful for those looking for materials related to psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work

How:

  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, peer reviewed, age, gender, author, language
  • Cited reference search and links
  • Help pages available
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find PsycArticle articles when searching Discovery

• PubMed 

PubMed comprises millions of citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites


• Science Direct fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.


• Scopus 

What:

  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. 

Why:

  • This database can be searched by keywords to find relevant articles. It is also possible to perform a cited reference search allowing you to snowball through the literature to find articles using citations. 

How:


• SPORTDiscus fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

SPORTDiscus is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of sport and sport development. . This database is available on the EBSCO platform allowing you to search this database alongside others within Discovery.


• Web of Science fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

What:

  • Web of Science - part of the Web of Knowledge collection of databases - consists of a number of databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences.

Why:

  • This database can be searched by keywords to find relevant articles.  It is also possible to perform a cited reference search allowing you to snowball through the literature to find articles using citations.

How:

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

Statistics

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Links to databases and online sources of statistics

Referencing

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Guidance and support for referencing in APA7 and links to information on reference management software

Your Subject Team

 Sarah Weston

Faculty Librarian - Science and Health

email sciencelibrarians@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3236

 Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

email Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3339