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Exercise Science

Welcome to the Exercise Science Guide.

Audience: CUAA undergraduate EXPH and MAT graduate students

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Evidence based Practice Guide
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Evidence-Based Research
CINAHL Complete
Nursing and Allied Health research journals, books, conference proceedings and evidence-based care sheets.

The Cochrane Library
Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full-text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies. The
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a bibliography of controlled trials to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. Cochrane Clinical Answers contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.

DynaMed Plus
clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest filtered evidence-based information. Clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics

MEDLINE Complete
Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. Content Includes full-text journal articles and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.

FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present.

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Nursing & Allied Health Database
Reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs, and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text (4 users at a time)
Covers sports, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, college & university sport, disabled persons, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation,
physical therapy, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health, and more.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases

Search for books and ebooks in Primo.


For General instructions: Finding Books

Find a specific book

Library of Congress Call Numbers

QP300           Exercise and human physiology
TX361.A8     Athletic and exercise-based nutrition


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Merck Manual Professional EditionWebsite
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite

Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research Articles inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

Advanced Search in ProQuest with added keywords

  1. Filter by Document Type: on the Advanced Search page choose Case Study or Research under Document Type or Publication Type. In ProQuest databases, it looks like this:

ProQuest advanced search document type: case study

All of these results are generally primary research articles, but not all primary research is a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.

  1. In Ebscohost databases, you can choose
    “Research” under Publication Type.

Publication type box research selected

4. If you get a lot of results, consider limiting by Special interest or Field as well:

Sports medicine highlighted in Special interest box

Online Sources

NIH Free online course: Find and use health statistics

Online Reference Tools

Research Search Tools

Pico Search Tools

Video Tutorials

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