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Sports Science: Library Dissertation Research: Using Library Search

Online tutorial introducing you to the skills and techniques needed for dissertation research.

Finding Resources Using Library Search

Library Search

Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more. 

Library Search will help you discover books, journals, articles, audio visual material and more on your chosen topic. This is a good place to start when you are beginning to research a topic as you can draw on content from a variety of different sources.

For more in depth research in databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Finding Resources via Library Search

A search for research methods physical activity in Library Search returns the following catalogue results. Note the type of content. There is a mixture of print and electronic texts.

This search finds matches in book and journal titles (and in brief details such as subject terms, contents page listing details). You can narrow your search to books only by using the 'resource type' filter on the left hand side of the page.

You can also use Library Search to check on the availability of print and online journal titles.

As you begin searching the research databases you may find references to particular journal articles that look interesting.  Some databases only include short bibliographic details of articles with an abstract.  If you want to read the full text you can use Library Search to discover if you have full text access.

In this example for the Research in Sports Medicine you can see that there is:

  • current access via KB+ Jisc Collections Taylor & Francis Transformative Agreement 2021-2023 Science and Technology Collection (Reading list). 

You can use the link to access the full-text.


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