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Welcome to the Richter Library's Guide to Kinesiology!


Rafer Johnson, Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony. Los Angeles, July 28th, 1984.

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Hello all, and welcome to the University of Miami Libraries' Guide to Kinesiology! The purpose of this guide is to help you navigate through the many sports sciences -related resources available to you through the University of Miami Libraries system.

Subject Specialist

Lauren Fralinger

Vera Spika

Sports and Health
Food and Fitness
Michael Kent
Oxford Reference Premium Collection
Handbook of Pathophysiology
Springhouse Publishing Company Staff
RB113 .H24 2005
Handbook of Women's Health
Jo Ann Rosenfeld (Editor)
RA778 .H225 2001 - Ebook
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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine
Michael Kent
RC1206 .O94 2006 
It covers all the major areas of sports science and medicine including: -anatomy -biomechanics -exercise physiology -nutrition -sports psychology -sports sociology -sports injuries -training principles
Latino and African American Athletes Today
David L. Porter
GV697.A1 L345 2004
Profiles, from the Phillies' Bobby Abreu to football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, include 17 women athletes and photos. Alphabetical listings are of entries by sport, and by sport and athlete's heritage.
African-American Athletes
Nathan Aaseng
GV697.A1 A196 2003
Encyclopedia of Ethnicity and Sports in the United States
George B. Kirsch; Othello Harris; Claire Nolte
GV709.5 .E83 2000
Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies
Roger Bartlett; Chris Gratton (Editor); Christer G. Rolf (Editor)
GV567 .E486 2006
Encyclopedia of Sports Science
John Zumerchik (Editor)
GV558 .E53 1997
The Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Athletes
Michael McGovern
GV697.A1 M355 2001
Encyclopedia of Women and Sport in America
Carole A. Oglesby; Doreen L. Greenberg; Ruth L. Hall; Karen L. Hill; Frances Johnston; Sheila E. Esterby (Editor); Marilyn Oshman (Foreword by); Mariah B. Nelson (Foreword by); Sheila Ridley
GV709 .E53 1998
Francois Fortin (Editor)
GV704 .S663 2000
Whitaker's Olympic Almanack
Stan Greenberg
GV721.5 .W45 2000
Databases: Sports Business, Management, Administration
Databases: Exercise and Sports Sciences
Databases specializing in sports
The Physician and Sportsmedicine
Peer reviewed, clinically oriented publication for physicians but also useful to other clinical professionals in sport science. (Many articles are in PubMed)

SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Indexes international literature of sports medicine, exercise physiology, sports psychology, training, nutrition, coaching, sociology of sports, and related topics. Also covers recreation, games, play, and dance.

A peer reviewed journal and site for various aspects of conducting sport research, e.g., A peer reviewed journal and site for sport research particulary for study design and statistics. In addition to the main section of the home page, be sure to investigate information sources on the left and far right columns.

Sport Statistics - Journals & Publications
From the American Statistical Association.

PEDro  Physiotherapy Evidence Database - free database containing over 42,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Also useful for SportScience, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, or anything related to musculoskeletal functioning.
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If you have the title of the journal, the volume, issue, date of publication or the title of the article, check out UM's Citation Linker. Enter the information you have into Citation Linker, and let it take you directly to the article you need.

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Locating Dissertations
Looking for UM Theses & Disserations?

To locate University of Miami PhD Theses and Dissertations:

Go to the catalog's Advanced Search page.

Enter your search term(s)

Under "Material Type", select "UM Theses"

Contact the Department of Special Collections to locate masters theses.

Managing your Citations
How to Find Books

To find out if the University of Miami Libraries own a particular bookand where it is located, you must first search IBISWEB, the Libraryâsweb-based catalog.

To search by topic or keyword:

  • select "keyword" from the drop-down menu
  • enter your search term or terms
  • select what collection you would like to search ("view entire collection" is the default; other options include: journals & other serials, DVDs/AV & microforms, reference, etc.).

To search by author:

  • select "author" from the drop-down menu
  • enter the author's last name (eg. Dickens). If the author has a common last name, enter the last name, comma, first initial or first name (eg. Dickens, C or Dickens, Charles).

For more details on how to find a book, please see the University of Miami Libraries' Guide to Finding Books.

How to Find the Stacks

To get to the stacks, you must go to the 2nd floor of Richter Library. If you are getting off of the elevator, make a right. If you take the stairs, proceed straight toward the elevators and take a left. The stacks elevators will located down the hall; look for the hanging sign that reads "Stacks Elevators".

If you need to know what floor to go to, click on stack tower locations.

Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals
How to Read a Citation

When you find a scholarly journal article that you like, make sure to check the references at the end of their article. Why? Because you may find other important articles that could contribute to your research.

First, lets decipher a citation:

Bisconti, T. L., Bergeman, C. S., & Boker, S. M. (2006). Social support as a predictor of variability: An examination of the adjustment trajectories of recent widows. Psychology and Aging, 21, 590-599.

The authors: T.L. Bisconti, C.S. Bergeman, and S.M. Boker.

When it was published: 2006

Journal article title: Social support as a predictor of variability: an examination of the adjustment trajectories of recent widows

Journal title: Psychology and Aging

Volume number: 21(sometimes there may be an issue number, too. Sometimes it's not listed!)

Pages: 590-599


To find this article:

Go to the library catalog.

Enter the JOURNAL title (Psychology and Aging)

From the drop-downs, select Title and Journals & Other Serials

Hit Search

Select Psychology and Aging [electronic resource]

Click on Full text available from PsycArticles

Find the volume number and pages (volume 21; there is an issue number: 3. How did I know this? Because of the page numbers).

Select Ovid Full Text; read article and/or print

How to Find Articles

To find articles published in journals, magazines, or newspapers:

  • Use a database or index to search by subject to identify existing articles written on your topic. This step works best when you don't know what you are looking for or you want to identify many articles.

  • Search the library catalog by the journal, magazine or newspaper title to determine if the University Libraries own a copy online or in print and where the print copy is located. This step works best when you know what you are looking for (i.e. you have the citation information).

Selecting a database:

  • You can use the librarians' LibGuides to help you select the appropriate database in your area.


  • Go to the library homepage, click on databases & indexes, and either choose a subject (to peruse the databases in a subject area) or choose a letter of the alphabet (to locate a known database, i.e. you know you need 'Academic Search Premier' so you will click on 'A').

How to Use Class Guides

Course-specific guides have been created for certain classes. Hover over the "Class Guides" tab and select the course you need from the drop-down menu.

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