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    Sports Fitness Resources

    Student I.D.: Obtain a student id immediately. Your UCF ID card shows Library ID. Several electronic resources and services require you to enter a valid, active Library ID number. It is activated the first time you borrow books in the Library. Alternative methods for activating the library ID number are found on the Library Services for Distance Learners page.  

    Remote access: Current students can gain access to the electronic databases to which UCF subscribes if they follow the directions found at Off Campus Access to Electronic Databases. For additional assistance, contact Ask a Librarian.

    Questions: For assistance, contact Ask a Librarian.    You may also use the Live Reference Chat  to get assistance with catalog or database searching, setting the proxy, or ready reference questions.  Distance Learning Students should also review the UCF Library’s Library Services for Distance Learners page for additional information.


    Books are arranged on the shelf in a Library of Congress classification system of letters and numbers. Circulating books in the GV's are located on the 1st floor of the library. QP through RD are located on the fourth floor.  Reference books are on the 2nd floor.

    You can browse through the call number ranges:

    GV428+ Personal fitness centers
    GV481+ Personal fitness programs
    GV481.4 Personal fitness training as a profession
    GV545.5+ Body building
    GV462 Circuit training
    GV545.5+ Weight training
    GV460-548 Exercise
    GV561-GV749.5 Athletics
    GV711 Coaching athletics
    GV1007.5.C6 Baseball & basketball
    GV1049.25.C63 Bicycling (racing)
    GV1063.2.C62 Cross country runs
    GV954.4 Football
    GV979.C6  Golf  
    GV461.7 Gymnastics
    GV709.4 Handicapped persons
    GV848.25 Ice hockey
    GV1159 Shooting
    GV943.8 Soccer 
    GV881.4.C6 Softball
    GV837.65 Swimming
    GV1002.9.C63 Tennis
    GV1060.675.C6 Track & field
    GV709.14; GV886.2 Women's & girl's coaching & basketball
    GV713 Sports administration
    QP141-185.3    Nutrition--Physiology
    QP141.N Athletes--Nutrition
    QP301-336 Exercise physiology
    RA773-790 Health
    RA781-781.5; RA784 Personal health and exercise
    RC120-1245 Sports medicine
    RD97 Sport's injuries


    For additional assistance in using the online catalog, contact Ask a Librarian.


    Browse in the Library Catalog

    Use the UCF Library Catalog to locate books and multimedia. Enter an author, title, or subject into the Browse Organized Lists form on the basic search screen.

    Browse Organized Lists  


    • To search by title, enter the first words in a title or a complete title. Do NOT enter the first word if it is an article (The, An, A) in English or any other language.
    • To search by subject, select "Subject" in the form and enter a Library of Congress Subject Heading. 
    • To search for a person, select "Subject" or "Author (last name, first)", depending on you want books by or about the person, then enter the last name then first name, as it would appear in a phone directory. 
    • For more tips, click on the .


    Journal Databases/Indexes for Sports Fitness Topics:



    Physical Education Index 1970-present Covers journal literature dealing with health, physical education, physical therapy, recreation, sports, sports medicine, dance, etc. Additional coverage includes sport law, kinesiology, motor learning, recreation, standardized fitness tests, sports equipment, business and marketing, coaching and training, and sport sociology/psychology. Health education and physical therapy are also covered as they continue to become more prevalent in our society.  From 1970- Access:  Proxy Vendor: CSA
    SPORT Discus Covers a wide range of topics from coaching, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical fitness, active living, training techniques, sports medicine, etc. Access:  Proxy Vendor: EBSCO
    Health and Wellness Resource Center Includes articles on fitness, medicine, nutrition, diseases, medicine, and public health. Access:  Proxy Vendor: Gale
    Health Source: Consumer edition
    (Scroll to the bottom of the Ebsco list and select this database)
    Allows searches for many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. It features searchable full text for nearly 160 journals including the British Medical Journal and The Lancet, as well as abstracts and indexing for over 170 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications.  Includes sports titles. Access:  Proxy Vendor: EBSCO
    Medline Includes citations to journal literature in all areas of medicine including a broad range of biomedical topics—research, practice, policy and health related issues. Access: Web  
    Medline Plus "Web-based consumer health information resource" provided by NLM, designed for both health professionals and the public. Access:  Web
    PsycINFO 1880's - present Covers a wide range of citations/abstracts related to psychology, including sports psychology. Access: Proxy Vendor: EBSCO
    LexisNexis Academic
    FKA Academic Universe

    Click on either <News> or <Medical> to search for articles 

    Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal and reference information. Full text is available for major, regional, and local newspapers, news wires, and radio and TV transcripts. Business coverage includes business and trade periodicals, company reports and financials, accounting literature, and directories.  Legal searching can be done on full text databases of state and federal case law, state and federal codes and legislation, law reviews and legal news.  Academic Universe also includes medical news, abstracts of the medical literature and a reference library including quotations, country profiles, public opinion polls and more. Access:  Proxy Vendor: Lexis-Nexis
    Amateur Athletic Foundation Virtual Archive Searchable full-text archive of research reports, official Olympic reports, and back issues of journals covering sports and sports history. Access: Web  
    Biological Sciences Provides access to a number of databases in the subject area of Biological and Medical Science. Access:  Proxy Vendor: CSA
    Directory of Electronic Health Sciences Journals Alphabetical list of web-based journals offering at least partial full-text content. Access: Web  
    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also featured are abstracts and indexing for over 850 journals. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. Access: Proxy Vendor: EBSCO
    HealthStar Now part of Medline.  Contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery. Access:  Proxy Vendor: OVID
    EBSCOhost A database that provides abstracts and indexing for scholarly journals in education, the social sciences, humanities, etc. From here you can search SPORTDiscus, Health Source- Consumer Edition, Health Source-Nursing, ERIC, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, and the Professional Development Collection separately or collectively. Access: Proxy Vendor: EBSCO
    ERIC via CSA (1966 +) Extensive access to educational-related literature. In addition, ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs. Full-text linking on many citations. Access:  Proxy Vendor: CSA 
    ERIC via EBSCOhost The database provides access to education literature and resources from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. Access:  Proxy  Vendor: EBSCOhost
    ERIC via WWW (1966- for citations) Includes records of ERIC documents since 1966, with links to some full text. Search ERIC via the website sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences or through database vendors EBSCOHost or CSA.

    Access: Proxy Vendor: DOE

    Professional Development Collection
    Provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators. This collection offers information on everything from children’s health and development to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice. The Professional Development Collection includes abstract and index coverage for more than 700 journals, more than 350 are peer-reviewed journals.. Access: Proxy Vendor: EBSCOhost`
    Education Full Text (Abstracts 1994+, select full-text 1996+) Comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Full text of articles, with indexing cover to cover, from hundreds of journals, make this a one-stop source for research. Access:  Proxy Vendor: Wilson
    Education Index 1924-present. Indexes periodical articles, yearbooks, motion pictures, videotapes and computer programs by author and subject. Book reviews are indexed separately at the end of each issue. Access: Paper; Index L 11.E39
    Psychology Sage Full-Text (Selected coverage starting at 1970 +) This collection includes 35 titles, which translates into 21,650 articles, 459 volumes, 4,330 issues and 541,250 total pages. Access Proxy Vendor: CSA
    Dissertation Abstracts Definitive subject, title, and author guide to virtually every American dissertation accepted at an accredited institution since 1861. Selected Masters theses have been included since 1962. Access:  Proxy Vendor:
    Sociological Abstracts (1952+)


    Covers sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, with information from an international selection of over 1800+ journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Access:  Proxy Vendor: CSA
    Web of Science (1965+) The database includes records from the following H. W. Wilson databases: Readers' Guide Abstracts, Social Sciences Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, General Science Abstracts and Wilson Business Abstracts. Access: Proxy Vendor: ISI
    WorldCat OCLC Online Union Catalog, containing more than 35 million records describing items owned by libraries worldwide; each record contains library holdings. All subject areas are covered manuscripts, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, and videotapes. Access: Proxy Vendor: FirstSearch
    Infotrack One File 1980+ 5,156 full-text titles (more than 9,200 titles in all), full indexing of some of the world's greatest newspapers and 89 wire services covering worldwide current events Access: Proxy Vendor: Gale
    Expanded Academic ASAP (1980+) more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles — of which 2,100 are peer-reviewed — in all disciplines with more than 20 years of backfile coverage and Access: Proxy Vendor: Gale
    CINAHL  (selected titles 1937+) Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is a  comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed Access: Proxy Vendor: EBSCO


    Finding Journals in Library Catalog

    The UCF Library Catalog is the most complete inventory of journals available from the Libraries and can inform you of the Libraries' past and current print subscriptions and the majority of our current online subscription.

    To search for journals, select JOURNALS/SERIALS from the menu near the top of the screen:


    Search For Keyword(s)
      Exact Phrase? No Yes Clear
    Browse Organized Lists

    Note:  The catalog does not contain information about the articles in the journals.  It will tell you if the library has a given volume or issue of a journal, but not about what articles were included.

    Search Tips:

    • Enter any words that are likely to appear in association with the journal you want.
    • To search for words in a title, select Title Keyword then  enter word that would appear in the journal title.
    • To search by subject, select Subject Keyword and enter any words from a Library of Congress Subject Heading.
    • To search for journals by an organization, select Author Keyword then enter the name or parts of the name. 
    • Do NOT enter punctuation or articles (The, An, A).
    • To search for a phrase set Exact Phrase? to Yes.
    • For more tips, click on the .

    Browse Tips:

    • To search by journal title, enter the first words in a title or a complete title. Do NOT enter the first word if it is an article (The, An, A).
    • To search by subject, select Subject in the form and enter a Library of Congress Subject Heading.
    • You can select ISSN to find a specific journal.
    • For more tips, click on the .



    Journals vs Magazines:

    What is the difference between a scholarly journal and a popular magazine? For help in determining the difference see What’s the Difference—Journals vs. Magazines.

    Interlibrary Loan:

    When UCF does not own the book, article, or other document needed by UCF students, faculty, or staff, the Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services Department (ILL) will try to obtain a copy of it from another library--usually within about 2 weeks. For additional information or for the electronic request forms go to Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services.


    World Wide Web Sources:

    Search the Internet with caution. Remember that anyone can mount anything on the web! For instructions for searching the WWW, click <Untangle the Web> and follow the tutorial. For help developing a search strategy, click <Recommended Search Strategy for the Web (University of California, Berkeley)>. To use a subject directory, a popular search engine, a specialized search engine or a meta-search engine use <Internet Tools>. Evaluate the sites you find using criteria located at <Evaluating Internet Sites in 5 Easy Steps (ACRL)>.
    Some relevant web sites include:
    Sports Fitness Webliography  
    Education Webliography
    Includes sports fitness links.
    Ask a Librarian
    UCF Government Document Collection Untangle the Web!
    Off Campus Access Help
    Help with setting the proxy for off campus access.
    Internet Tools


    Citing Resources for Papers/Research:

    Prepared by:  Terrie Sypolt,  Reference Librarian

    Last update:05 May 2009