SCL3003 Corrective Exercise Prescription and Injury Management: Databases & Journals

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.

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.

How to find peer-reviewed journal articles through library search

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.