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This guide will show you resources available for research in Physical Education.

You will find information as follows:

  • Background Information - not an expert in Physical Education? 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 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.

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The Nature of Physical Education Research

Before conducting research in physical education, you need to be aware that physical education is a social science. So, while we can look for physical education research in health or education databases, we will find other 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):

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • anthropology
  • economics
  • political science
  • history

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 given topic from a psychological perspective - is there anything within the individual which is leading to the situation you are examining?
  • Sociologists will study that same issue from a cultural or societal perspective - is there something in society or a culture which is leading to this situation?
  • Educators will study just about any issue, as pertains to an educational or learning environment.

In terms of research in physical education, what does this mean? Social sciences databases might give us perspective on why, for example, people engage in physical exercise - psychology journals might tell us the answer. Sociological journals might tell us if there is something culturally that leads people to engage in physical activity. Education journals might help you find information on teaching people to lead healthier lifestyles through physical activity.

Moral of the story: you need to look in many places for your research, beyond purely health or education databases.

Physical Education Librarian


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