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Physical Education and Sports Sciences: Useful Resources

Welcome to the Libguide for Physical Educaion and Sports Sciences

This page offers you a selection of links to resources for Physical Education and Sports Sciences which include the books catalogue, a to z listing for journals and databases, websites and grey literature.

Books for Physical Education can be found on Floor 2 beginning at shelfmark 372

Books for Sports Science can also be found on Floor 2 beginning at shelfmark 796.

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About Journals

A journal is a regular publication which can be published monthly, bimonthly or quarterly.

Journals can be scholarly or popular.

Scholarly journals have articles written by researchers who are considered experts in a field. These journals are also known as "peer-reviewed," "refereed" or "academic" journals.  Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is a scholarly journal.

Popular magazines have articles written by writers or journalists. Time or Newsweek are examples of popular journals.



A database is a platform for searching across various information resources such as journal articles, conference reports, books, book chapters

Key databases for Physical Education and Sports Science are:

Search Medline for papers on physiology, medicine

Grey Literature

Grey literature is information which is not formally published in sources such as books or journals.

Conference proceedings and Theses are examples.

A selection of useful links for Physical Education and Sports Science are:

DART-Europe E-theses Portal - open access for research output from Universities within Europe

Index to Theses - search within theses and dissertations within Ireland and the UK.

LENUS - Irish Health repository - HSE

RIAN - National portal for research output for the seven universities within Ireland

University of Limerick Institutional Repository - open access to research output of faculty and researchers


Websites can be very useful for up to date information and it is important to check if that information is reliable and accurate.

A selection of websites for Physical Education and Sports Science are:

Sport Ireland directs the development of sports in Ireland

Physical Education Association of Ireland to improve standards and performance within Physical Education