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EXS 111 - Foundations of Exercise Science

This guide is for Fall, 2014 Kinesiology 111.

Goals of the Library Session

By the end of this class session you should be able to:

  • Define a [library] database and understand how it is different from free web search engines: Google/Google Scholar.
  • Examine the content and searching capabilities of two specific databases relevant to research in kinesiology and human performance  -- PubMed (Medline) and Sport Discus.
  • Identify periodical titles that Zondervan Library owns or has access to online (full-text) using Journal Finder.
  • Understand the basic theory of search strategies that provide the best results; examine and explore those strategies with specific practice. You should know the basics of widening and narrowing a search using Boolean operators, Subject Headings (MeSH for PubMed; thesaurus for Sport Discus) as well as employing limiters.
  • Examine criteria for evaluating the fields within a citation as information to determine usefulness.

Comparing Subject Databases with Google, Google Scholar

There are several things to consider when looking at a subject database: Scope, Access, Content, Authorship/Editorial Control, Indexing and Organization, and Reliability. Here is a table that compares Google, Google Scholar and generic subject databases (such as Sport Discus, PubMed/Medline.

I will provide a handout in class that examines each of these features.