Relevant journals and databases available for this unit.
When an article is published in a peer-reviewed or refereed journal, it indicates that that article has been through a formal review process. It has been read 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.
Current (and sometimes local) information but not peer reviewed
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.