Locate five resources on your topic, two of which may be websites from the “free web”.
WHY USE LIBRARY BASED RESOURCES:
First, you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles on exercise science topics.
Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?
WELL! Think of the library as your map to the world of information. You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!). There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.
Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web? Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?
Libraries buy the good stuff for you. That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information. The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff. It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.
USING ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:
Sometimes you just can’t search a journal article database successfully until you know at least some of the basic background (and language) for your topic. To locate background information, try the online encyclopedia collections listed below. You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias. Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:
Credo Reference Online
(Try the Mind Map item to locate potential topics).
Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Exercise Science are:
Encyclopedia of the Mind
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Green Health: An A to Z Guide
Health and Medicine
TO GET SOME BOOKS, USE ONLINE CATALOGS:
Start with the link for Barber Library Catalog.
Choose a keyword search. When searching for books, keep your keywords very general. For example: type in the keywords obesity and exercise.
If you want to try truncation (using a wildcard chacter) do this: obes* and exercise*
TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE ARTICLE DATABASES:
Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.
Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases. Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles. The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!
Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas–including Health Sciences.
The following databases will help you locate articles on exercise science:
Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module Good for wellness topics.
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center
TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:
Journal Article Database Search Hints
American Medical Association Citation Style: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/citation/amaguide.pdf
APA Citation Style:
Oh, and don’t forget! You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Desk….or use our 24/7 chat service! Go to http://www.cocc.edu/library/custom-pages/ask-a-librarian/ –we can help you via chat, phone, in person, and e-mail!