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PPE 565 Teaching Physical Activity Concepts

This guide is intended to support students in PPE 465/565.

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   Find most ASU Libraries' books, articles from newspapers, journals, magazines and more – with just one search! Start at the library website.

Finding Articles

Sports Medicine & Education Index, SportDiscus, and ERIC are the primary databases to search for information on physical education and related fields.

Sports Medicine & Education Index (formerly Physical Education Index)
This database is an index to materials from peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, and patents on physical education, sports law, kinesiology, physical therapy, etc.

SPORT Discus 
(1975+) Covers all aspects of sport, physical fitness, sport science and recreation. Includes sports medicine, exercise psychology, biomechanics, psychology, training, coaching, physical education and fitness, and other sport- and fitness-related topics.

ERIC (via Proquest) 
(1966+) Premier U.S. database of education literature. Sponsored by the US Department of Education. Includes journal (EJ) and ERIC Document (ED) citations with abstracts; full text of ERIC Documents from 1993 to present.

Education Full Text 
(6/1983+) Covers education topics such as critical thinking, teaching methods, curriculum, comparative education, literacy standards, multicultural education, psychology, special education, counseling, teacher/parent relations, vocational education, etc.

Mental/behavioral/psychological aspects of fitness, wellness, etc


Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)(1975+ )
Covers a wide range of academic subjects. This database does includes magazines and newspapers so when looking for scholarly sources be sure to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar (via ASU)
Google Scholar indexes items Google considers scholarly, including articles, theses, books, preprints, abstracts, conference proceedings, and technical reports. The ASU Library subscribes to the electronic version of many of these materials and may own the print copy.

Peer-Reviewed/Refereed Journals

Peer-reviewed and refereed are synonyms describing the same thing. 

Peer-review is the process whereby an author's peers, who are experts in the same field, read and evaluate the author's article submitted for publication.  This process is important in the decision about whether or not the article is published in the journal as written, with edits and modification or it is rejected. An article going through the peer-review process is called a refereed article.

Peer-reviewed/refereed articles are written for scholars in the field. Articles always have a list of references, generally have footnotes or in-text citations, may include tables, graphs or illustrations to support research, illustrations are in black & white with generally no color and they have few to no ads.

Ulrichsweb is a directory of periodicals from throughout the world, providing details such as contact info, circulation statistics, and the type of periodical (will indicate if scholarly and/or "refereed"--aka peer-reviewed)

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