In this guide you'll find information for students of Community Sports Leadership and Sports, Exercise and Enterprise. We also suggest that you look up our guides on Social Care, Business, and Information Skills, for other resources in your area. These are Library search engines and databases that you may find useful:
Journals are academic publications that appear at regular intervals. The research will be more up-to-date than in academic textbooks, as they have a shorter publishing cycle. Articles and research are examined by other experts in the field before publication (peer review). So they are a great source of information for your assignments and essays.
Online collections of articles and other material. Use MultiSearch to search for material across all databases at once.
If you use Google to search, consider using Google Scholar to search specifically for academic information.
Scholar invites you to "search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites." Look out for pdf and html links to Open Access full text on the right hand side of your article result.
Google Scholar is also a good way to get an overview of the literature in your research field.