Physical Education & Sports

Welcome to the Physical Education & Sports Research Guide covering Library sources for physical education, fitness, various sports, dance, nutrition and health topics.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in related classes.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian online.

  1. Books, Videos, and Models
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Select the types of material you'd like to find and then try searching by keyword or title. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Physical Education, Sports, Fitness and Dance films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to Health and Diseases at:


The library has a collection of models that can be checked out for student use at Main Circulation Desk on the second floor of the SRC. See the library models that relate to nutrition. See the anatomical models.

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
  • Knovel Library
    This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
  • Science Direct
    Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
  • Scientific American Archives Online
    Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
  • Health Research Databases
  • Issues and Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in science, health, the environment and more.
  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

List of best databases related to health.

Magazines and Journals in the Library and in Databases


    Tips for healthier eating and increasing physical activity with videos, recipes, food and activity trackers and Food-a-Pedia for nutrition content of over 8,000 foods.
  • MedlinePlus Consumer Health
    Provides access to 700 health and wellness topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, lists of hospitals and physicians health and information in Spanish and other languages..
  • Human Kinetics Internet Links
    From one of the major publishers of textbooks on physical education, coaching, and sports, an excellent list of links to sports, fitness, and physical education sites.
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
    "Public tab" includes links to documents, statistics, concussion infiormation, youth sports and other training related information.
  • NCAA: National College Athletic Association
    The official website of the NCAA, reporting on news and results of the various collegiate men's and women's sports and including listing by college of division rank.
  • NJCAA: National Junior College Athletic Association
    News, directories, and more from the official site of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
  • Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
    The website of a non-profit research and policy organization at Yale University devoted to changing diet and activity patterns to help prevent obesity and also to reduce weight bias.