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SPORTDiscus: The Loneliest Little Database at Oklahoma State University: 

SPORTDiscus: The Loneliest Little Database at Oklahoma State University Dan Chaney Edmon Low Library 27 April 2006

Why Is It “Loneliest”?: 

Why Is It “Loneliest”? Because no one (apparently) knows what it is or why you would want to use it… Is it just a sports database? NO!

Why SPORTDiscus?: 

Why SPORTDiscus? Only major database that concentrates exclusively on sport research. Relevant cover to cover treatment of all key academic sport research journals. Combines the scholarly study of sport with the science of human activity, sports medicine and popular sport literature. Comprehensive, bibliographic coverage of sport, fitness, sport medicine, physiotherapy and related disciplines. Put out by Sport Information Resource Centre (the Centre spelling means it’s international!)

Scope of SPORTDiscus: 

Scope of SPORTDiscus Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, international 60 languages represented Coverage: 1800 – present (1 citation dates to 1573) 800 periodical titles covered (OSU owns 140 – 17.5%) Includes 650,000 records: Journal articles = 68% Books = 12% Book chapters = 5% Conference proceedings = 9% Dissertations & Theses = 3% Other (Including Websites, Book Reviews, DVD, CD, etc.) = 3%

Content Level: 

Content Level Basic = 58% Intermediate = 17% Advanced = 25%

Database Subset Content: 

Database Subset Content To Name a Brief List… Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles (digitization project focuses on Olympic Games and sport history books and serials ) Handicapped/Disabled Sport and Recreation International Olympic Committee Museum Database Heracles – France’s National Sport Database Atlantes – Spain’s National Sport Database SIBRADID - Database of the Brazilian System of Sport Documentation and Information

Sample Subject Coverage: 

Sample Subject Coverage Sports Physical Fitness Exercise Sports Medicine Sports Science Physical Education Kinesiology Coaching Training Sport Administration Officiating Sport Law & Legislation College & University Sport Disabled Persons Facility Design & Management Intramural & School Sport Doping (Steve) Health Health Education Biomechanics Movement Science Injury Prevention Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Nutrition Exercise Physiology Sport & Exercise Psychology Recreation Leisure Studies Tourism Allied Health Occupational Health & Therapy Public Health

Top Journals: Exercise Science / Physiology: 

Top Journals: Exercise Science / Physiology British journal of sports medicine Medicine and science in sports and exercise Physician and sportsmedicine International journal of sports medicine Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness Clinics in sports medicine Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer Sportmedizin Journal of strength and conditioning research American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation Canadian journal of applied physiology/Revue canadienne de physiologie appliquee Journal of applied physiology Cinesiologie Leistungssport European journal of applied physiology Sports science

Top Journals: Physical Education: 

Top Journals: Physical Education Research quarterly for exercise and sport Strategies Physical educator Journal of teaching in physical education JOPERD -The journal of physical education, recreation & dance STAPS: Revue des sciences et techniques des activites physiques et sportives Adapted physical activity quarterly Journal of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Quest Avante E.P.S. Education physique et sport Teoria i praktika fiziceskoj kul'tury Physical education digest Teaching elementary physical education Leipziger Sportwissenschaftliche Beitraege

Dan’s “Amusing” Periodical Titles: 

Dan’s “Amusing” Periodical Titles Action Martial Arts Amputee Golfer Magazine At the Buzzer Around the Rim Australian Powerboat Body Politic Coffin Corner Cruising World Fast Break Alert Gaming Research and Review Journal Ice Chips Journal of Japanese Sword Arts Journal of Manly Arts Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations Kehakultuuriteaduskonna teadus – ja oppemetoodiliste toode kigumik (Finally!) Paddles Up Scottish Curler Splash

Comparative Search Results: 

Comparative Search Results “Nutrition and active youth” SPORTDiscus – 1,080 ERIC – 163 MEDLINE – 830 PsycINFO – 39 “Exercise/fitness programs for youth” SPORTDiscus – 4,423 ERIC – 2,302 MEDLINE – 3,519 PsycINFO – 980 “Nutrition and active older adults” SPORTDiscus – 314 ERIC – 30 MEDLINE – 254 PsycINFO – 25 “Compulsory/daily physical education” SPORTDiscus – 380 ERIC – 31 MEDLINE – 83 PsycINFO – 10

Overlap of SPORTDiscuss and Medline: 

Overlap of SPORTDiscuss and Medline Some overlap. Example: concussions caused by physical fitness or sports (diagnosis, treatment, second impact) SPORTDiscus = 400 hits Medline = 256 hits Overlap = 110

Boolean Operator Overview: 

Boolean Operator Overview And – combines terms so that each citation contains all of the terms. For examples, search soccer and injury to find only articles that contain both terms. Or – combines terms to that each citation contains at least one of the search terms. For example, search injury or risk to find results that contain either one of the terms but not necessarily both. Not – excludes terms to that each result does not contain the term that follows the not operator. For example, search injury not risk to find results that contain the term injury but not the term risk. Parentheses – when parentheses are used with the boolean operators, the terms within the parentheses are searched first as a phrase. For example, (soccer and injury) not risk will find citations that contain both soccer and injury but excluding citations that contain risk.


Truncation/Wildcards * = Truncation Bowl* = bowl, bowls, bowling, bowler, bowlers… ? = Wildcard wom?n = woman, women, womyn…

Refine Search Options: 

Refine Search Options Linked Full Text Year Published Source Title English Abstracts Only Language Country Publication Type (Audiocassette, Book Analytic, Book Review, CD-ROM, Computer Disk, Journal Article, Jurisprudence, Microforms, Monograph/Government Document, Serial, Theses/Dissertation, URL, and Videocassette) Level of Difficulty (Advanced, Basic, General Interest, or Intermediate) Database Subset (here you’ll find “peer reviewed/refereed”)

Conventions : 

Conventions I generally search databases by subject headings using the Thesaurus. Thesauri are your friends, although in SPORTDiscus, your “friends” are not always friendly.

SPORTDiscus’ Thesaurus: 

SPORTDiscus’ Thesaurus Tends to be quite broad, not really specific. There are Classification Codes used in the records (which can be quite specific), but no mechanism to browse a list them (although you can keyword search them). So, we’re stuck with the Thesaurus in EBSCOhost. Generally it operates as a keyword thesaurus. For example, you’ll combine subject headings of woman and basketball for research on women’s basketball.

A Sample Search…: 

A Sample Search… A student is looking for information on the treatment of ACL injuries. (ACL is the abbreviation for anterior cruciate ligament – a knee injury seen frequently in athletes.) Further, the student is interested in ACL injuries in women and how they are treated. Can you use Medline? You could, but Medline doesn’t index Physician and Sportsmedicine (a key journal.) SPORTDiscus does. SPORTDiscus handles the sport/sports medicine end of the topic.

ACL Injuries in Women: 

ACL Injuries in Women Using the Thesaurus in SPORTDiscus (as of January 2006) : anterior cruciate ligament = 2,575 woman = 42,561 treatment = 18,043 anterior cruciate ligament and woman and treatment = 18

How About Golf Courses? : 

How About Golf Courses? Suppose a student is interested in golf course greens (that is, the grass which is grown on golf courses… as opposed to grass which is a different plant altogether.) If a student wants to research golf course grass, we can do this in SPORTDiscus!

Golf Course Grass: 

Golf Course Grass Thesaurus search golf courses and we can browse narrower terms to find green but also a related term turf. Subjects: green or turf = 4,546 Subject: golf course = 4,468 golf course and (green or turf) = 1242 To narrow further, we may want to separate green from turf and treat them separately.

Vegetarian Research: 

Vegetarian Research Suppose we wanted to research vegetarianism in women. Subject Headings: Woman = 42,768 Vegetarianism = 174 Woman and vegetarianism = 19

How ‘Bout the Skateboard Kids?: 

How ‘Bout the Skateboard Kids? Remember the skateboard kids who take Freshman Orientation and want to find research on skateboarding? It’s in SPORTDiscus! Subject headings: Skateboarding = 400 There are also narrower terms for: aerial, backside aerial, bert, cess slide, skateboard, sliding, and turning. Injuries = 35,303 Skateboarding and injuries = 79

Another Example: 

Another Example Suppose the OSU Women’s Soccer team is having a problem passing the ball. Suppose the players are assigned research on the art of passing the ball in soccer. We can do this with SPORTDiscus! We can’t do this in Medline. Using the Thesaurus Soccer = 17,119 passing = 608 soccer and passing = 114

For the Fans Who Hate Referees (and who doesn’t?): 

For the Fans Who Hate Referees (and who doesn’t?) Suppose a referee blows a call at an OSU sporting event? It never happens, I know… Subject headings: Referee = 930 Officiating = 5,787 Vision = 1,107 (Officiating or Referee) and Vision = 9

Americans With Disabilities Research: 

Americans With Disabilities Research Suppose we have a student who wants to research wheelchair access to sports facilities. We can do this in SPORTDiscus. Subject headings: Facilities = 12,272 Americans with Disabilities Act = 100 Facilities and Americans with Disabilities Act = 19

How About Portly Children? : 

How About Portly Children? Suppose a student is interested in researching obesity in children and managing it with physical education classes. Subject headings: Obesity = 2,660 Child = 31,958 Physical Education = 31,643 Obesity and child and physical education = 50

Women’s Basketball Coaching: 

Women’s Basketball Coaching Suppose one wanted to research coaching collegiate women’s basketball Thesaurus search results: basketball = 18242 coaching = 29226 woman = 42561 collegiate or college (keywords) = 27067 basketball and coaching and woman and (collegiate or college) = 39

And to bring it on home…: 

And to bring it on home… Suppose the OSU Library’s softball team wanted to study softball pitchers. No particular reason, but sometimes pitchers walk batters. (razzin’ frazzin….  ) Not naming names, of course…

Softball Pitching Research: 

Softball Pitching Research Subject headings: softball = 2,150 pitching = 1,021 softball and pitching = 150 It’s still not going to help me, mind you, because I still think the umpire is blind. 


Summary SPORTDiscus is the only major database that concentrates exclusively on sport research. Relevant cover to cover treatment of all key academic sport research journals. Combines the scholarly study of sport with the science of human activity, sports medicine and popular sport literature. Comprehensive, bibliographic coverage of sport, fitness, sport medicine, physiotherapy and related disciplines. Can serve as a supplement to searches in other databases, such as Medline, ERIC or PsycINFO.

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