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HESS523: Administration and Leadership of Exercise & Sport Organizations (Davakos)

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How to Search Discovery

1. The Discovery tool is located at the top of this page, or on the library's home page. The Discovery tool searches the majority of our holdings, meaning it searches most of our databases with a single search. It is a good place to start your research. 

2. Begin your search by entering keywords. This means you are telling the tool what topic  you are researching. If you are looking for resources about violence in sports, you might try searching "violence in sports" or "sporting violence".  It is a good idea to search for synonyms. You may also want to try using Boolean operators, meaning you use operators such as AND, OR or NOT. For example, you want to learn about violence in sports, but you don't care if it involves football. You would type in "violence AND sports NOT football" using the dropdown boxes pictured in the image below. Once you've settled on your keywords, hit search. You can refine your results on the next page.

3. Once you search, you will see a results page like the one below. If you are accessing our site from off campus, you will be asked to authenticate using your CWID and your last name. If it doesn't work for you, please call us at 843-953-2569.

Your search terms are at the top left of the page. Your tools to refine your results (narrow down your topic) are in the left column, and your results are in the middle. It's important that you refine your results to find the best possible resources. Your results will automatically change. Here are what some of the more important limiters mean:

  • Electronic Full Text - Articles that are available in full from one of our databases. The results may include articles for which only an abstract (a type of summary) is available. If you need an article for which we do not have available full text, you can request it through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). This process can take several days.
  • Full Text Online and Library Catalog - Checked by default. This means we should have online access or it is in our physical collection.
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals - These articles come from peer reviewed journals. 
  • Print Books - This returns items that are categorized as books, both physical copies and ebooks.
  • Publication Date - This slider allows you to set a range of dates from which to search.
  • Sources Types - Filter our types of resources. Select Academic Journal if you only want to view articles from academic journals.
  • Databases - This shows you all the different databases which provide access to your results. You can also search these databases individually, and they may have more specific refinement tools for your discipline.

When you are ready to look at a resource you think will suit your needs, click on the title of that resource.

4.  An example of the full title record is pictured below.

To view the article, click PDF Full Text or Full Text Finder on the left hand side of the page. Information about the article is in the middle column. You will need this information to cite your source. Tools for saving and citing the article are located on the right hand side of the page. You can create a citation in the style you need, but check it against our Citing Sources guide, as computer generated citations can sometimes have errors.