SCL3003 Corrective Exercise Prescription and Injury Management: Databases & journals

What is peer-review?

When an article is published in a peer-reviewed or refereed journal, it indicates that the article has been through a formal review process. It has been read an evaluated by experts in the subject field before being accepted for publication. This ensures the information in the article is well-researched, and contributes to the knowledge of the subject area.

Databases versus journals

What are articles?

  • An author writes an article on a particular topic and sends it to a journal publisher.
  • Articles on similar topics are published together in journals, which can also be known as periodicals or serials.
  • The journal publisher assesses the article. It may be reviewed by other writers in the field. This would then be a peer reviewed article.

How do we access the articles?

  • The library subscribes to print copies of journals and puts them onto the library shelves.
  • The library subscribes to online databases which are collections of journals packaged together by topic. These databases can be searched using keywords, author names and subjects.
  • A search in the ‘Library Search’ accesses many journal articles in the databases.

Database access to peer-reviewed journal articles

Rather than searching ALL the library resources you can choose to search in ONE of the databases. Remember to limit your search results to peer-reviewed (or refereed) articles and also to Original Articles (if there is an option).

  • ScienceDirect - full text access to sport sciences, therapy and medicine journals. Limit your search to Articles.


In ScienceDirect, you can identify Original Research articles from the Results page.


  • Ovid - Full text journal articles from Lippincott collection.Limit your search to Full text and Original articles. 


  • MedLine - full text access to medical journals. Limit your search to Full text and peer review articles.


Transcript for how to find a peer-reviewed journal article on library search

In this presentation you will see how to find a journal article on library’s search.You can search for journal articles on the library’s homepage by typing in the article title, the author or simply by entering keywords.Type in your key words. Choose ‘journal articles’ button and search.You can limit your search to peer-reviewed articles, full text, as well as choose articles published in the last few years and add more keywords.To access journal article, click on “PDF full text” link or “check for full text” link. This checks all the library databases. If the article is not available, there is an option to request the article. For further information, please contact us through ‘Ask a Librarian’ service or talk to a rover or library staff member if on campus.

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Transcript for how to search in the SportDiscus database

This video will demonstrate how to conduct a basic search for journal articles in the database SportDiscus. Before you begin your search, it is important to determine your keywords. In this example, I am researching on the impact of physical activity and or sedentary behaviour among elderly. I have identified keywords that describe my topic as well as synonyms and related terms. To locate the database, go to the Library’s homepage and click on Databases A-Z listing. Select ‘S’ under ‘Browse alphabetically’. Scroll down the list and click on Sportdiscus with full text and then connect to the database. From the Advanced Search screen Type your keyword terms into the individual boxes. Once you have typed in all your keywords, click ‘Search’. There are 354 results for the keywords ‘physical activity or exercise AND sedentary or inactive AND elderly”. To narrow down your search results further use the Refine Results toolbar on the left hand side of the page. I have limited my search results to articles published in the last 5 years and further refined it to articles published in Peer reviewed journals. Click on “show More” to see the Peer Reviewed checkbox . Notice the search results have been reduced to 114 articles.Scroll through the list of results.The title, abstract and subjects should provide enough information to help you determine whether the article is relevant to your search. If you do not get relevant results, you may need to go back and revise your search terms by changing, adding and/or removing terms. Click on the article title for more detailed information about the article. Here you will find all the information required for referencing. To see the full text click on ‘PDF Full Text’. When the ‘PDF full text’ link does not appear, click on the check for full text link.  In most cases you will be directed to the full text version of the article. Alternatively, you may be directed to the Electronic Resources access page. Follow the links to access the article or if not available Request this article. You can save articles from a search session into a folder. This is done by clicking on the folder next to the title. All the articles you have selected will go into the temporary folder. To view saved articles in your folder select ‘Folder View’. You can select individual articles by clicking on the checkboxes or ‘select’ all of the articles in your folder. Use the tools on the right hand side of the screen to either print, email or save the selected articles. For further assistance contact the library using Ask a Librarian service or talk to a library staff member if on campus.

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Transcript for the What is Peer-review video

We all know the library is the perfect place for finding books - But it’s also a great resource for periodicals. So, what is a periodical anyway? Well, a periodical is any publication released on a regular schedule. Like magazines and newspapers. But those two aren’t all. Scholarly journals are a special type of periodical meant for academic research. Normal periodicals are published by corporations, with general information meant for academic research. Normal periodicals are published by corporations, with general information meant for a wide audience. While scholarly journals are published by academic institutions, they’re subject-specific, with articles focusing on narrow, precise topics. They’re edited and approved by a board of specialists – with references for each article. But more importantly, scholarly journals have all gone through a process known as peer review. That means research has been submitted through a double blind process, with academics on both ends operation anonymously. And before publication, every article is put through a rigorous approval system. All that matters is the research, and every step is taken to guarantee its quality. That way, when it reaches you, it’s filled with information you can trust. So, when doing your research, make the right choice with a source you can count on.