Pathfinder: Physical Education Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of a woman lifting weightsUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search. If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page. Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results. There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book. Look in the section of the shelves marked “G” to find books specifically about physical education and recreation.


Selected Physical Education Books

  • Canoeing  (GV 783 .A4 1977)
  • The Complete Walker  (G504 .F57 1968)
  • The Field Book of Mountaineering and Rock Climbing  (GV 200 .L94)
  • Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga (B 132 .Y6 V53 1970)
  • The Official YMCA Fitness Program (GV 481 .N27 1984)
  • Orienteering Hand Book  (GV 200.4 .A57)
  • Physical Education, Health Education, & Recreation :  Introduction to Professional Preparation for Leadership  (GV 341 .J4)
  • Sports Illustrated Canoeing : Skills for the Serious Paddler  (GV 783 .H38 1988)
  • A Student’s Guide to the History & Philosophy of Yoga (B 132 .Y6 C638 2007)
  • The Wellness Guide to Lifelong Fitness (GV 481 .W47 1993) 


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

IMPORTANT: If you want to access these resources off campus, you will use the same username and password  you use to log in to any campus computer.

There are two main groups of online databases offered by the library: NCLIVE and the Academic OneFile. To access the databases, click on the links for each one.


NCLive provides access to more than 60 databases. Some are general, covering a wide range of material, and some are subject-specific.

When looking for magazine or journal articles, use the “Browse by Type” section to the left of the opening page.  Click on Magazines and Journals.  Next choose the relevant database – Proquest Central  is recommended.  Remember to choose the “Full Text” option under the “Limit your Results” heading.

Online Periodicals from NCLive and Academic OneFile:


Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile is an excellent source for full-text articles. Start by searching for one or two keywords about your research topic in the advanced search, putting each one in a different search box. If your search retrieved too many articles, try narrowing your search by adding keywords. You might want to click the box that limits the search to full-text articles. Be aware that the way to the full text might involve a few steps. Just follow the links and ask a librarian if you cannot find the articles.

Although the above Internet resources are preferable to resources on the World Wide Web because they do have some degree of recognized authority, resources on the World Wide Web might also be an option for your research. Be sure to critically evaluate the sites you wish to reference and be aware that many are out of date, biased, or wrong. Some keys to authority of web sites are dates of publication, recognizable authority and authorship, and information about the publisher. In general, .gov, .edu, and .org are preferable to .com.


Recommended Web Sites

  • Exploratorium Sports Science
    A sports webpage from the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum of science, art and human perception. This interactive site addresses the science of sport-specifically baseball, cycling, skateboarding, and hockey.
  • The Longevity Game
    From Northwestern Mutual, The Longevity Game asks the question “How long can you expect to live?” Play the Longevity Game to give you a peek into your future by identifying the factors that can lead to a healthier, more productive life.
  • National Association for Health & Fitness
    This website provides information about obesity prevention, worksite wellness and a physical activity calculator.
  • American Council on Exercise Fitness
    A nonprofit organization providing public education, outreach and research on safe and effective physical activity. Provides certification, continuing education, health and fitness tips and more.
  • Shape America
    The website of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, whose mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
    A free resource for the exercise professional, coach, or fitness enthusiast featuring comprehensive exercise libraries (>1400 exercises), fitness assessment calculators, and reference articles.


WPCC Print Periodical Subscripsions (include the following):


updated 10/2017

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