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Kinesiology: Getting Started

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How Exactly Can Librarians Help Me?

Librarians help with the following research-related activities:

  • Narrowing down a topic
  • Suggesting resources for finding credible background information on a topic
  • Coming up with effective search terms
  • Finding books and articles
  • Figuring out which research tools are the best fit for your topic (there are over 350 choices!)
  • Getting more (and better) search results
  • Saving, emailing and printing articles
  • Getting books and articles from other libraries
  • Creating bibliographies with RefWorks


Tips for Searching Catalogs and Databases

The following techniques can improve your success with online searching, whether you're searching a catalog for books or a database for articles:

  • Enter phrases in quotes:  "body image" "aerobic exercise"
  • Use truncation symbols to search for alternate word endings: In most databases, entering athlet* searches for athletic, athletics, athlete, and atheletes.
  • If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources such as encyclopedias for suggestions.

Reference Librarian Hours

On East Campus, the reference desk is in the IDEA Commons on the 1st floor of the Daley Library. Reference Librarians are on duty the following times:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-7pm

Friday: 8am-5pm

The desk is staffed by trained graduate students other times the library is open.

On West Campus, the reference desk is on the main floor of the Library of the Health Sciences (1750 W. Polk). Librarians are available:

Monday- Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Subject Guide

Amelia Brunskill
Library of the Health Sciences, B6
(312) 996-8323