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Sports Science: How To

How to find books in the library

You will find Sports Science books shelved at GV in the Central Area of Bay Library. You will also need Physiology books, which are shelved at QP, also in the Central Area. Click on the image below to see a floor plan of Bay Library. Remember that Library Desk staff are there to help if you can't find what you need.

Assignment Survival Kit

Have you ever wondered how to actually get started on writing your essay or assignment?  The ASK website will help you get organised and provide you with helpful guidelines along the way.  Just type in your assignment due date, and you will be given a timeline to help you get through your assignment on time.

Specialist software to help you

PCs in the library have specialist software which can help you to plan and write your assignments. Follow the link below for details of what's available and to see how the technology can help you plan your research, write your assignments and structure your work. Features include read aloud options, mind mapping tools and spelling & grammar checks.

How to find journal articles

The following short course will explain how to find journal articles. It provides a short summary of the key databases for Sports Science and a reminder of the basic search techniques. It should only take around 10 minutes to complete. Click the image below to launch the course.

Swansea Online Tutorials (SWOTs)

Need a refresher on how to search for journals and journal articles?
These tutorials will take you through searching and accessing journals and journal articles for your course.  If you need any more help or advice use the Ask a Librarian live chat or email us.

How to improve your search results

  • Find the keywords. Don’t type in a long sentence. For example, if your search topic is “the problem of knee injuries in football” you need to pick out the key ideas knee injuries and football and search for those.
  • Are there synonyms or related terms (broader or more specific) that might be relevant? For example, athletics or track and field. Drug use or substance abuse. Sports injuries or athletics injuries.
  • You can use a truncation symbol (usually an asterisk *) to find different endings to your keyword. For example, searching for diet* would find diet, dieting, dietary, etc.
  • You can find alternative terms simultaneously by linking them with OR; for example, you could search for yachting OR sailing.
  • If you get too many results try searching just the title rather than the full record. You should get fewer, more relevant results.
  • Use quotation marks if you want your search terms to appear as a phrase. For example, “competition stress”.
  • Use the refinement options and the search within box to make your search more specific.
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How to find company and industry information

The library has a number of databases which offer business and market research information.

Marketline Advantage is an excellent source for company and industry profiles as well as country profiles, expert analyst insights and other statistics and information.

Mintel provides good quality market research data and analysis from around the world. You can use Mintel databases to identify market segmentation and trends amongst other things.

FAME provides company information, financial details and analysis for companies in the Uk and Ireland.

How to Reference APA Style

Guides to referencing in APA style (as used by Journal of Sports Sciences).

How to use EndNote

EndNote is a software package which helps you to organize your references and PDF files. It works with Word to format your references without you needing to worry about punctuation etc.

Further advice and training dates for Endnote

5 days of EndNote is a open online course for Swansea University students. The course covers

  • How to store, organise and share your reference information
  • How to create references lists in your recommended style
  • How to use EndNote with Word to insert citations and a reference list as you write your assignments.

Further information is available at