For some assignments you will need to go beyond your reading list and do your own independent research. The Library subscribes to a number of subject databases helping you to find  journal articles on your chosen topic.

Journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to type a few keywords for your topic in LibrarySearch. If we subscribe to it in print or digital format a link will be provided to help you find it.

To check if the Library has access to a particular e-journal title, or to browse journals, use the journal title search.

If you have a specific journal article you are looking for you can use Google Scholar.  This will show you if it is freely available elsewhere and you can also set your browser to link to any content we subscribe to.


Subject Specific databases:

  • SportDiscus – index of sport and exercise science literature. Includes sport medicine, psychology, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and more. Full text to journal articles provided for over 200 journals as well.
  • PubMed – index of biomedical and life sciences literature including the Medline database. You can get help with PubMED tutorials or watch on our own excellent introductory video below:


  • Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection (Henry Stewart Talks) – seminar style audio-visual talks presented by world leading scientists to keep researchers up to date.
  • Business Source Ultimate – useful for sports management.
  • CINAHL – useful for sports health and treatment
  • Cochrane Library – database of Cochrane systematic reviews, controlled trials, and systematic reviews, economic evaluations or health technology assessments
  • PEDro – open access resources managed by the Universityof Sydney that provides information on 56,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions across the globe.
  • PsycInfo  – useful for sports psychology
  • Visible Body – useful for anatomy and physiology, provides 3D imagery

General indexes:

  • Web of Science – large database providing full text and abstracts (article summaries) for peer-reviewed literature.
  • Scopus – multi-disciplinary database providing full text and abstracts (article summaries) for peer-reviewed literature.

Check out our digital resources directory to find others that might be useful to your studies.