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PED 506: Research Methods in Physical Education
Dr. Jimmie Cal

Reference Sources Journal Articles ERIC Documents Books Government Information
  World Wide Web Your Comments    

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for your research. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.


Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference Collection and similar sources online can help you find brief factual information quickly. Be sure to browse the shelves near the sources listed below to find others.

  • Encyclopedia of Education
    Main Reference: LB 15 .E47 2003
  • Standards and Schooling in the United States: An Encyclopedia
    Main Reference: LB 2822.82 .S82 2001
  • Educational Media and Technology Yearbook
    Main Reference: LB 1028.3 .E38
  • Introduction to physical education, exercise science, and sport studies
    Main Reference: GV 341 .L86 2005 (On Order)
  • Introduction to physical education, fitness, and sport
    Main Reference: GV 341 .S54 2001 (On Order)
  • History of American physical education and sport
    Main Reference: GV 429 ,W45 2004
  • MEDLINEplus Medical Dictionary
  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center (ASU)
    includes Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary and The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Reference Collections
    from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (Buros)
    Main Reference: Z 5814 .P8 B932
  • Test Critiques
    Main Reference Desk: BF 176 .T418
  • Tests in Print
    Main Reference: Z 5814 .E9 T47

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Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use the Library's online databases. For additional information on those listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. They are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis (334 229-6998) or Randy Curtis (334 229-5604).


Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult:

  • Serials Solutions (ASU) - to determine if the article is available in another online database.
    Serials Solutions does not include Wilson Education Full Text, so be sure to check this database separately.
  • HORNetCat - lists journals to which the Library subscribes. Journals are housed in the Serials Department on the third floor.
  • Interlibrary Loan - to order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database.

Print Indexes/Abstracts

  • Current Index to Journals in Education
    Serials (3rd floor)
  • Education Index
    Serials (3rd floor)

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ERIC Documents

The ERIC Document collection includes a variety of items such as curriculum materials, reports, lesson plans, conference papers, and much more pertaining to education. These are arranged by clearinghouses, which specialize in specific areas of education. ERIC documents are located on the Library's third floor in the ERIC microfiche cabinets. Many ERIC documents dating from 1993 to the present are full text through the EDRS database.

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Those books not located in the Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


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Government Information

Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many education-related topics.

Federal Government Information for the Classroom

Alabama Government Information

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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites.

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Professional Information

  • American Alliance for Health,Physical Education Recreation and Dance
  • Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
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    Citing Your Sources

    You will use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site.

    You also have access to Citation Matcher, an online product that will format a citation once you have input the correct bibliographic information.

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    Your Comments

    Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha Taylor ( or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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    Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
    Revised by: Inga Moten, Health Science Librarian
    All contents copyright 2003-04, ASU. All rights reserved.
    March 28, 2005