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Kinesiology 337:Psychology of Sport Injury and Recovery : Research Help

This guide contains helpful information for students in KN 337

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.

Determining if a Journal is Peer-Reviewed: Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

How do I know if my article comes from a peer-reviewed journal?

  • You can use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory to check to see if a particular journal is peer-reviewed. If it is, the record will include the referree jacket icon depicted above, meaning that the journal is "refereed"/peer-reviewed
  • Peer-reviewed journals contain articles that have been carefully reviewed by experts in a particular field of study to ensure that the research they present meets high standards of quality
  • Peer-reviewed journals are also referred to as scholarly, academic, or refereed
  • Common characteristics of peer-reviewed journal articles:
    • they have an abstract, which is a paragraph at the beginning of the article summarizing the content and findings of the article
    • the authors are affiliated with academic institutions (most often colleges and universities)
    • the articles are long (usually anywhere from 10-35 pages) and primarily text-based (pictures included are usually charts and graphs, as opposed to glossy photos as in popular magazines)
    • they contain a lengthy bibliography (also called "references," or "works cited" list). You can use this list to find additional sources on your topic.

Connect to Ulrich's Using the Link below:

Reference Librarian Hours

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.

Quick Research Tips

Try the following searches initially: 

(athlet* psychology recovery)

(athlet* psychology injury)

Then add in your sport/activity, or replace athlet* with your sport, to see if there's a more specific study on your population:

(athlet* psychology injury soccer) or (soccer psychology injury) or (soccer psychology recovery)

If this doesn't give you results, you may have to eliminate one term:

(psychology injury soccer) or (psychology soccer) or (injury soccer)

If you get too specific (too many search terms), "zoom out". If you get too many results with a few terms, add in another or use limits (age limits- article types- etc.)