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Key Databases

A database is an online resource that contains information that can be searched. Databases can vary in content for example they can be generic or have highly specialised content. The databases we have in the library collection cover academic subjects and often allow more complicated search options. You can use all these databases to find examples of research,often in the form of journal articles to help you with your assignments and projects..  This research can sometimes be referred to as "evidence", as it helps you express your understanding of a topic.

Databases - Exercise Science and Coaching

Databases - Physical Education and School Sport

Databases - Sport Business Management

Databases - Sport Studies

Database Searching Tips

Split your assignment into keywords: To find more relevant and fewer results, think about your keywords. Make sure they accurately describe what you are looking for, and add more keywords to make your search more specific. For example for the assignment title "What role can sport play in the regeneration of a city?" keywords would be sport - regeneration - city

Think of alternative keywords: For example, 'young' could also be referred to as 'youth' or 'adolescent'. Or, think of the bigger picture. For example, instead of searching for 'boys' or 'girls', try searching for 'gender'. For the example above an alternative for regeneration might be 'development or renewal.'

Search for phrases in "double quotation marks": For example, "barriers to participation". This will search for the phrase as a whole, instead of the individual words.