About This Guide
This guide will show you resources available for research in Health and Human Performance.
You will find information as follows:
- Background Information - not an expert in Health? Here are some books and electronic sources to help you get up to speed.
- Finding Books - step one in research is locating books. Here you will find links to searching for books in the OSU Library, as well as other sources for identifying books in libraries around the world.
- Dissertations - looking for Ph.D. dissertations in Health done at OSU or elsewhere?
- Finding Articles - to locate research articles, here are some databases and tips
- Writing and Citing - now that you've collected your information, it's time to write the paper and cite your sources correctly.
- Top Journals - ever wondered what the top 50 impact journals are in Health? Wonder no more.
- Government Information - The US government produces quite a bit of quality research in health.
- Course Guides - looking for a library guide for your Health course?
The Nature of Health and Human Performance Research
Before conducting research in health, you need to be aware that health is a social science as well as a medical science. So, while we can look for health research in health or medical databases, we will find other health research in social science databases.
The social sciences are concerned with the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society. The social sciences include (but are not limited to):
- political science
The social sciences are inherently interdisciplinary, meaning they draw upon one another's research and use it as a part of their own.
- Psychologists will study a health issue from a psychological perspective - for example, why do people engage in unhealthy behavior?
- Sociologists will study that same health issue from a cultural perspective - for example, is there something in society which is influencing someone to engage in unhealthy behavior?
- Educators will study just about any issue, as pertains to an educational or learning environment. For example, are children being taught healthy (or unhealthy) behavior in school?
Moral of the story: think outside of the box when doing research in health.
Health and Human Performance Librarian
306 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University Libraries
Stillwater, OK 74078