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HHP 280: Care and Prevention of Exercise & Sport Injuries (Fitzhugh)

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ATEP Research Databases

Commonly Used Databases

The databases below are a good place to start your research for Health and Human Performance. Most of the databases have a medical or nursing focus and contain mainly scholarly articles.

Databases for Systematic Reviews and Clinical Trials

The following databases contain systematic reviews (a type of literature review that collects all the studies on a selected topic that meet a certain criteria and synthesizes the findings) and clinical trials to provide evidence-based treatment information.

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence Based Practice means that health professionals pair the best evidence and research with their clinical expertise to recommend a treatment plan to their patient. To assist in making treatment decisions for a specific clinical problem, professionals need access to relevant and current research resources while also having the ability properly search for and synthesize/apply the information to the context of their patient's situation. The more focused you can make your research issue, the better more relevant your results will be and therefore, the better your treatment plan will be.

More Health & Wellness Databases

These heath and wellness databases may also contain information relevant to you research topic.

Databases with Reference E-books and Background Information

The following databases can provide a solid background of information on your topic. The databases listed include e-books which might contain a chapter or a whole book on your topic, or reference collections which are encyclopedias or other reference materials that contain generally accepted knowledge in the field. 

Resources for Finding Theses & Dissertations

You might want to consider looking at a Master's thesis or a dissertation on your topic to see what has been else has been written (and maybe not yet published in scholarly journals) about your topic or to find references to other relevant articles through the citations listed on the thesis or dissertation article. 

General Databases

The following databases are multidisplinary, meaning, you'll likely find something relating to your topic within these databases but it may not always be from the angle of your discipline or area of study. Use these if you're looking for general information, if your topic isn't super specialized within your field, or if multiple perspectives could benefit your research.

Interdisciplinary Databases

The following databases are interdisciplinary, meaning, one of these databases that on a different field of study may have overlapping research interests with Health and Wellness (ex. Psychology of Sports, Physical Education, etc.)

Peer Review: How Do You Know?

How to Find a Peer-Reviewed Article

Research databases contain mainly professional and scientific journals, the majority of which are peer-reviewed. Some databases may also contain newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, and other publications. Whether you're searching in the library catalog or in a research database from the library website, you'll often find a filter on the left or right sidebar to limit your results by publication type. 

Look for filters such as:

  • Peer-Reviewed
  • Scholarly Articles
  • Academic Journals

How Do You Know if it Peer-Reviewed?

Most professional and scientific journals go through a rigorous editorial process called peer-review. Look at the slideshow below for hints and ways to identify whether your article has gone through that process:

How Do You Know A Source is From a Scholarly Journal?


Peer-Review Label in Library Catalog

The library catalog is one of the few places that labels resources as "peer reviewed" within the results. It's a clear way of identifying the type of source you're looking at within the results. View example article that's peer-reviewed.

peer review icon in forsyth library catalog


Peer-review OR Scholarly OR Academic Journal

In the library catalog and in research databases from the library website, you'll often see a sidebar filter to narrow your results by publication type. View an example search that applies a peer-review filter.

peer review filter in forsyth library catalog


About, Overview, or Editorial Page

Look in the "About the Journal", "Editorial Process" or "Overview" page of the publication page to see whether the journal has a review process before publishing articles. Often times, if they go through the work of a peer-review process, they will want you to know about it and will speak to that process on one of those main pages. They will often talk about how they do a peer-review process (double blind, at least X number of reviewers, etc.). View an example overview page from Agronomy Journal.

agronomy journal overview discussing critical review process and editorial board