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Kin 200: Library research tips : Overview

Professor Kessler and Professor Rohrer

Welcome to the Library, Kinesiology 200, Professor Rohrer's students!

The Goals for  library sessions conducted in a library teaching lab for class session of 3 hours are to learn how to search library databases, identify books, chapters in books, journal articles, magazines and especially learn to use the EbscoHost databases as well as promoting use of EndNOte Online. This Fall 2015 we are experimenting teaching and answering questions using Moodle.  Professor Rohrer's assignment is only requiring two (2) citations, one citation would be from a scholarly, peer reviewed journal (which most likely will be assigned a DOI (digital object identifier) and the second citation (2) a book.   Review the basic rules for APA style at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/
  1.  Learn how to search for peer-reviewed sources across the Kinesiology subdisciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, sport psychology, sport sociology, sport history, sport philosophy, Athletic Training, Physical Education, and/or dance
  • Learn the difference between a peer-reviewed source (electronic or not) and one that is not (e.g., many web sites).  Also learn many of the databases help with identifying peer reviewed articles and the library also subscribes to the Ulrich's Directory


  • Be familiar with the following EbscoHost databases:  (EbscoHost databases have an Export to EndNote Web which is very helpful to transfer bibliographic information on the articles, books you are identifying)
  • CINAHLPlus with Full Text (EbscoHost)
  • SportsDiscus (EbscoHost)
    • indexes journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations and theses, from 1800-present
    • helps with citing but there are often errors for APA style you will need to correct 
  • Academic Search Elite (EbscoHost)

    Abstracts to 3,000 journals (over 1,500 peer-reviewed journals), with full text to more than 2,000 of the journals. Dates may vary, most from 1985-

  • PsycInfo -(EbscoHost)
    • indexes journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations in pscyhology


NOTE:  Additional databases recommended for Kinesiology can be found by using  Databases By Subject at


which will offer you  links so you use Oviatt library's subscription journals




OneSearch allows you to search, at this time,  150 databases as well as the Oviatt Library catalog.   Although 150 databases, many indexes (e.g. PubMed, PsycInfo, Physical Education Index, LLBA...), full text databases (e.g. ScienceDirect, Sage Journals, JSTOR, Springer, Taylor & Franics...) are a lot of databases, OneSearch does NOT contain the contents of all our databses yet.  OneSearch does offer a consistent way to save the records you want to keep, and if you view your saved records, on the right there is a "Export to EndNoteWeb" command where you can easily send the bibliographic information on the source you are viewing into your personal (editable) citation management database. 

OneSearch is very useful to look up scholarly article citations (use quick keyword search author surname key words in title, or type in the article Doi if your citation offers a Doi), or do a simple keyword search on topic.   You can identify academic articles easily, often be advised article is "peer reviewed" and see lots of hints on other keywords you can use for your search strategy.

Visit the OneSearch FAQ to learn all about how to use the library's new online OneSearch tool to find articles, books and more. Or, watch the How to Use OneSearch video:

Citing your sources EndNote Web

  • Learn how to sign up and use Endnote Web . You can import bibliographic records from a variety of resources to create your own personal database of articles, books, websites.  Use EndNote Web to collect, manage, and create a bibliography or works cited list from your citations.

Registration is free while you are a student.  First time, to sign up for your EndNoteWeb account, you can connect directly to http://library.csun.edu/restricted/endnote.scr. In addition to asking Marcia Henry and other librarians  for help, Endnote Web will  also answer your questions about installing the Cite While you Write plugin for Microsoft Word on your own computer. If you install Cite While You Write plugin on your own computer in your MicroSoft Word, be sure to set Preferences so it goes to the url:


on your own computer you can put in the working email address you used to sign up with EndNoteWeb, your password, and check Keep me logged in.

Tutorials for Endnote Web are provided at library.csun.edu/FindResources/i-Endnoteweb

Endnote Web technical support's telephone number  is (800)336-4474 


 Call Monday-Friday 6:00am-5:00 pm (Pacific Coast Time) Cite While You Write for Microsoft Word

Citation Formatting Tools

Citation managers are software that keep track of your sources and automatically format your citations in a variety of styles.

  • EndNote Web - free to CSUN students, staff, and faculty; integrates with MS Word and any browser; can export references directly from many databases
  • Zotero - free to anyone; integrates with MS Word and/or Google Docs; must be installed on your own computer 

Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed/Referreed)

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  • Authors are authorities in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process.
  • Articles are usually reports on scholarly research.
  • Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs.
  • Articles use jargon of the discipline.