Researching Sports Topics using SPORTDiscus

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Researching a sports topic such as the progress made preventing football concussions or increasing the number of women selected to head administrative positions in university athletics?  Check out SPORTDiscus, a new EBSCO database located under the Articles & Databases link on the library website.  SPORTDiscus provides full text article coverage from over 550 journals covering sports and sports medicine topics.  Search features abound in this database.  All of the same useful search limiters available in other EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier and Business Source Complete are available in SPORTDiscus.  For example, using the Advanced Search feature (the default), you can limit your search by person or team name, author, title, keyword or subject.  You can also select to limit your search to a particular date and/or a favorite journal title.  Use the thesaurus tab to search authoritative subject terms and automatically add selected terms to your search request.  Selecting the publications tab displays a list of all the publications indexed in SPORTdiscus, along with the date of coverage and an indication of full text availability.

The following hints will help you refine your search results to retrieve the most relevant information:

  • Start with a broad search and browse results to  locate and display a significant article.   Next, select Find Similar Results from the blue side bar to search for and display additional useful articles.
  • Review the subject and keyword terms displayed on key article abstracts.  Use these terms to refine your original search and make it more effective.
  • Read the references listed at the end of relevant articles.  These are the sources the author has used to research and write the article, and you may find valuable material for your own research.  The full text of many of these articles may be available in SPORTDiscus or another library database.

Remember that with EBSCO databases you can mark and save results to a folder and also export results using a selected citation style format (APA, MLA, etc.).

Ask a librarian for help locating or using SPORTDiscus or any of the many databases available to you as a Bryant student!

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