TC Library's subscription Research Databases and the World Wide Web offer a large number of valuable sites to those studying in the field of physical education. We have gathered some of these here and have arranged them into two major categories:

Research Databases and  Physical Education & Sports Websites: A Classified Library.

For PE books and other related materials (print and electronic) in the Library collection, be sure to check our online  catalog.



BUSINESS SOURCE ELITE, from EBSCO,  provides full-text for over 1000 journals covering business, management, economics, finance, banking, accounting, and more. Valuable for students of sports management and marketing.                                                                                                                 back to top

CREDO REFERENCE  virtual reference books on a variety of topics including history and philosophy of physical education.

CUSTOM NEWSPAPERS, from Gale on Infotrac I.  Particularly valuable for students of sport history, management, broadcasting and marketing.  Provides full-text articles from 100 U.S. and International Newspapers. The New York Times, Washington Post, and  Nashville Tennessean are among the titles indexed. 

Educator's Reference Complete from Gale Infotrac " is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home."

 ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) This is an extremely important source of materials for PE  teachers, containing as it does all manner of reports, studies, bibliographies, etc.  Free access to full text documents from 1993-present.  Archived documents available in the Library's ERIC Microfiche collection.

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, the world's first commercial on-line encyclopedia is available to members of the Tusculum College Community  and to off campus students through the TC Proxy server as well.

EXPANDED ACADEMIC ASAP, from Gale on Infotrac I, meets research needs across all academic disciplines and is TC's primary subscription database for current scholarly journals in the social science/humanities disciplines, including physical education; also cites news magazines and newspapers - many with full text and images!                                                                             back to top

HEALTH REFERENCE CENTER ACADEMIC on Infotrac I provides access to full text journal articles in the medical, nursing and related fields and may prove helpful to those interested in Athletic Training,  Sports Medicine,  Physical and Occupational Therapy. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER, from Gale on Infotrac I, can be used  to find magazines,   journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Sports Medicine, Health and Nutrition, Diseases and Injuries, Alcohol and Drug abuse, etc. Includes citations from a large variety of health journals, as well as Sports Medicine Reports and  the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

INFOTRAC General ONEFILE, from TEL on Infotrac I, is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: including history, biography, and all matter of social science. Millions of full-text articles, many with images, updated daily. May be employed with the more academic EXPANDED ACADEMIC ASAP. Includes hundreds of full text articles from such journals as Sports Illustrated Women, Football Digest and The Sporting News.

JSTOR (Journal Storage), available on campus and through our ACA proxy server, contains full-text articles in the sports-related areas of economics and history. There is a "rolling wall" of currency, meaning titles more recent than three to five years old must be found in one of the other databases described here, e.g. EXPANDED ACADEMIC ASAP.

LEXIS NEXIS ACADEMIC UNIVERSE, Resources in business and law.  Lets you find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals..  A bonanza for those looking into any aspect of the law  in relation to sports and PE.

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER, from Gale on Infotrac II, provides access to  biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Check here for writers from Cicero to contemporary U.S. authors known for sports writing; among them are Ring Lardner, Grand land Rice, Ernest Hemingway, and Bernard Malamud.

EBSCOhost eBOOKS  is a repository of full-text electronic books, including many recent titles in history and the other social sciences.  Hundreds of titles on sport and phys ed-related topics are included.

PROFESSIONAL COLLECTION, again a TEL resource via Infotrac I, allows degreed and student teachers access to a large collection of full-text professional education titles, including full-text journal articles, relative to PE.

PROQUEST EDUCATION JOURNALS offers complete information on hundreds of educational topics, including PE, drawing full-text articles from over 260 leading education journals for the period since 1988.

Ebscohost PsycARTICLES, from EBSCO, contains more than 25,000 articles from 42 journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations. Many of these have to do with Education Psychology as well as sport and PE related topics.   

Ebscohost SPORTDiscus with Full Rext      the world's most comprehensive source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 490 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the SPORTDiscus index - with no embargo. With full-text coverage dating back to 1985, SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of sports & sports medicine literature.                                           back to top




In order to avoid a lengthy list of links, we have broken this site up into a series of alphabetically-arranged major categories. Beyond our effort, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you visit The World Wide Virtual Library of Sport, which lists physical education sites from around the world.
As so much of what you study concerning physical education and health will be related to a possible teaching career, it is also STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you become familiar with the sites we have placed on the
Education page of  Library's Links Library. These sites will provide additional information on topics as diverse as curriculum development, lesson plans, and program administration. If you are on a sports management track, you should see the Business Administration/Management page.

PE, Health and Sports Directories & Databases

Sports Organizations

General PE and Health

Sports History

General Sports

Sports Management

Individual Sports

PE, Health, and Sports Directories & Free Databases

  A number of directories and free database sources, rich in link information and, in some cases, full text reports and articles, are available to those willing to take the time to test them out. Here are several well worth exploring.

Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles (AAFLA) links page is a preferred site for those seeking a gateway to international sports links with emphasis on history and the Olympic Games.
Amazon.Com serves as a free "Books in Print" and can provide fairly complete bibliographic information on thousands of physical education/sports books and videos.
Australian National Sport Information Centre guide to Full Text Sport Collections/Databases on the Web should be the first stop for those seeking free phys ed/sports databases to supplement the more general, but full, resources listed in our Databases section above. The Australian  list is fully linked to the sites in question.
National Recreation Database
, maintained by Canada's Leisure Information Network, covers leisure, recreation, culture and sport in North America
Olympic Information Center
from the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles is very complete; click on the AAFLA link above and scroll down the page.
Open Directory Project--Sports rivals, and for some areas exceeds, the work in the WWVL-Sport, noted above; it is claimed in some circles that this is the largest multi-sport link directory on the Internet. Scholarly Sports Sites is a subject directory maintained by the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada; it is very complete.
The Sport Journal is a full-text periodical independently available from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, AL
"With over 6.5 million pages of sport related research dating as far back as the 1700’s and encompassing over 62 different languages, SIRC is the world’s leading sport resource centre. SIRC’s goal is to collect, archive, and share qualified sport information with sport enthusiasts in Canada and around the world."
Women and Girls in Sports explores how to empower women to be more involved in sports and offers  information about women and the Olympics.
Women's Sports Foundation   "
a charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity."                                                                                                                                        back to top

General Physical Education and Health

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American Council for Drug Education
The Arbor Nutrition Guide
Calorie Control Council
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
 Human Kinetics, a publisher with much free information.
Internet Health Site
Men's Health 'Zine
National Center for Health Statistics
Total Fitness Network
Tufts University Nutrition Navigator
Weight Loss & Fitness

General Sports

CBS SportsLine, sometimes has an edige on ESPN.
CNN/SI is a linking of Cable News Network and Sports Illustrated.
ESPN is the Internet home for the Entertainment and Sports Network.
Referee is the web-home of Referee magazine, the journal of sports officiating.
SportQuest ,indexes over 14,000 online sites...
Sports Illustrated for Women,voted the top female sports site on the Web.
Sportswire is a wire service with up-to-the-minute information.

Sports Organizations

International Olympic Committee official website offers news and press releases, a list of winter and summer games, policies, codes and other relative matters.
ISCPES-International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport seeks to initiate or strengthen research and teaching programs
NCAA Home Page contains a wealth of information.
A complete and linked listing of all professional U.S. sports teams and sport governing bodies is available at the website of
Street & Smith's Sports BusinessJournal
Women's Sports Foundation promotes lifetime participation of girls and women in sport and also  features publications and reports concerning their health and fitness.
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Sports History Sites

Sport history has become an enormously popular academic discipline within the past decade or so, not only here, but around the world. The sites we note below are international in flavor and include such multinational events as the Olympics. Most of these groups publish journals, the articles from which can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

The Ancient Olympics, drawn from the Perseus Project on ancient Greek history at Tufts University, allows users to compare ancient and modern Olympic sports, tour the site of Olympia as it looks today, learn about the context of the Games and the Olympic spirit, or read about the Olympic athletes who were famous in ancient times.
Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles provides full-text documents and other publications related to sports history and the Olympic Games.
Australian Society for Sports History covers the Pacific and includes not only local history in its journal, but some Olympic references as well.
BBC History of the Olympics was created during the 2000 Sydney games, and has been recently and continuously updated. Contains links of any Olympic year to read brief summaries of what made that year unique in Olympic history.
British Society for Sport History provides helpful bibliographic information and indices on sport history, with emphasis on sport in the U.K. and Europe.
European Committee for Sports History coordinates the work of sports historians throughout Europe.
International Society of Olympic Historians promotes the study of Olympic history and offers insights into its official publication, the Journal of Olympic History.
LA 84 Foundation Digital Archives  "The growing digital collection now contains more than 300,000 pages, stored in over 75,000 PDF files. Digital resources include academic journals, scholarly books, popular sports magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and an extensive offering of Olympic publications. The Olympic titles include a complete run of back issues of Olympic Review, the official publication of the International Olympic Committee, and two dozen Olympic Games official reports. All of the digital publications are available at no cost to website visitors."

North American Society for Sport History promotes the preservation and teaching of the history of sport, exercise, and physical activity worldwide.
Sports Philatelists International looks at not only sports and Olympic stamp collecting, but the history behind events depicted on postage.

Sports Management

Rodney Fort's Sports Economics  Sports Economics Data Directory is exceptionally complete; arranged by sport
Sports Business News features a daily summary (actually, very close paraphrasing) of articles from dozens of newspapers and magazines.
SportsLink provides a bonanza of data on the sporting goods industry, with information on manufacturing, products, and relative state and Federal legislation.                                                                                                                                             back to top

Individual Sports










Cross Country/Track&Field




All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-1954 is the official site for the history of women in baseball. Learn about the formation of the organization  featured in the movie "A League of Their Own"; covers, the rules of conduct for the players, and rules of play. There are articles about the league and biographies of the players as well as team information and photographs.
Baseball America, the journal's online site; covers the game from the high school, college, and minor league perspective.
Baseball Index, from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), is the primary source for online baseball research; contains bibliographic records for 193,600 documents to all aspects of the game (including college) from the 1800's forward; users may search by advanced (titles, ISBNs, etc.), topic, or person, with persons including authors. Presents the first 50 citations found. If you are searching for players (including Negro Leagues) and want the first 100 references (plus access to the on-line version of The Baseball Chronology), use the same group's Baseball Library instead and search under the A-Z players listing--and the bios offered are fascinating! The same site offers information on teams and excerpts from new books.
BaseballReference.Com permits its users to find biographical and statistical information on every major leaguer active since 1885!
Black Baseball's Negro Baseball Leagues presents the history of the teams and players of the Negro Leagues and includes photos, soundclips from some of the famous negro baseball league players.
John Skilton's Baseball Links
is the World Wide Web's most comprehensive collection of links to baseball related resources, containing over 8500 unique links. Includes all of the other sites not mentioned here.
Tusculum College Baseball home page.

Basketball is the prime source of information on all aspects of the sport..
Ken Lindsay's Selected and Annotated Bibliography of Basketball is quite extensive...
ORKA Basketball links is the largest list on the Web with more than 1,500 links; there is sufficient English on this Russian site to allow you to navigate easily..
Sport South Annotated Bibliography of Basketball, with emphasis on North Carolina and this region...
Tusculum College basketball home pages:
Men's and Women's...


Bicycling from Bicycling Magazine is very complete...
International Bicycle Fund bibliography is one of the most complete for any sport.           back to top

Cross Country, Running, Track & Field

Running On-Line,no one actually "runs" online; this site is for those who physically exercise by running around tracks, along roadsides, etc.
Running Resources, from the Greater Boston Track Club, is an extensive links listing which includes references to Cross Country and Track and Field, as well as Running.
Tusculum College Pioneer Cross Country homepage...


Dance Links
Research Guide for Dance, from the Bobst Library at NYU,  is a selective guide to the literature on dance, designed for use by undergraduate and beginning graduate students. LC numbers are theirs, not ours.
Voice of Dance


American Football Coaches Association links are broken down by topics...AFCA also has a library of full-text reports...
Essential Links to NFL Resources is the most complete W3 site listing; it is complemented by the equally-valuable Essential Links to College Football Resources
Tusculum College Pioneer Football home page

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Bibliography of Golf Literature by Gerrit Speek is huge!
Golf Ecology bibliography is unique...
Golf Online, a top site for this sport...
Golf Rules, includes a bibliography and history...
Tusculum College Golf home pages:
Men and Women


History of the Game is a  FIFA site which presents a history of soccer.
Megasoccer permits you to find soccer news and information from around the world.
Soccer Times (US)
Tusculum College Soccer home pages:
Men and Women
Women's United Soccer Association is the official site of the exciting U.S. professional women's league.

 Softball The A-Z 'Strictly' Softball Search Engine provides tthe web's most complete a-z indexing of softball sites including fastpitch, slo-pitch, college, professional, competitive, recreational, business and everything in between!
Tusculum College Softball homepage...                                                                                     back to top

Swimming includes news and sport information from around the U.S.
Harvard University Varsity Swimming and Diving Team
USMS Swimming
links is the most comprehensive site on the subject...
Swimming publications and information from


Larry Larsen's Tennis Bibliography contains over 400 book references...
Tennis: A Research Guide, was prepared at the New York Public Library...
Tennis.Com,has been voted the sport's top W3 site...
Tennisone Tennis Lessons Library
Tusculum College Tennis homepages: Men
and Women


Bibliography of Volleyball Research, 1963-1997 includes books, periodicals, reports, etc.
Schneid's Volleyball
links page is a mixed bag; lots of sources poorly organized...
Tusculum College Volleyball
USA Volleyballball site includes a post-1993 bibliographic list of articles by volleyball coaches, some of which are full-text linkable.

More Sites

For additional health information, review the PreMed section of the "Links Library."
For Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, visit the
Sports Medicine and Athletic Training "Links Library" Page...
For additional references to baseball, basketball, and football, visit the
Library Director's Links Page.

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