Physical Education, Health and Coaching

About This Guide

This guide presents the resources the education librarian considers to be the most important academic databases to search, the leading journals to follow, and so forth.  You’ll also find some tips to help you evaluate sources, organize your work, and accomplish your literature review.

If you are new to this topic, you may want to begin by finding background information through an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online, though in most cases it is not appropriate to cite these in a college-level paper. Anyone can contribute content in Wikipedia – so watch out for biased viewpoints, incomplete or simply incorrect material.


Use these databases to discover articles, books, and other literature on your topic. Note that if you come across a citation without full text attached, do not assume the library has no access. Learn this nearly foolproof way to Get the Full Text of an Article.

Two largest:

BU Libraries Search
Our Search represents by far the most comprehensive grouping of resources we’ve ever been able to provide.  You can find extensive search tips on our site, build an eShelf, and export citations to RefWorks.

Google Scholar
Off-campus users need to set two “Scholar Preferences” to take advantage of library subscriptions: type “Boston University” in Library Links and also choose RefWorks next to Bibliography Manager.

Other important databases:

Academic oneFile
Academic search premier
Child Development and Adolescent Studies
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
LexisNexis academic
Physical Education Index
ProQuest Dissertation and Theses
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection


The best way to discover articles is to search databases (try Search) – you will be searching millions of records at once. But following journal literature periodically is still a very important aspect of scholarship. Depending on the provider, you may be able to set up Table of Contents alerts, save personalized searches, or even contribute to the editorial process.

Find each title below through our Search. The following journals are leading in this field.

American Journal of Health Education
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Coach and Athletic Director
Health Education
Health Education and Behavior
Health Education Research
Health Educator
International Journal of Physical Education
International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Journal of Physical Education Recreation and Dance
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Physical Educator
Training and Coaching Today


Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary borrowing services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course

Subject Headings

  • Children — nutrition
  • Coaching
  • Dance — study and teaching
  • Dance therapy
  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Moral and ethical aspects of sports education
  • Physical education and training
  • Sports
  • Sports — encyclopedias
  • Sports — psychological aspects
  • Sports medicine

Selected List of Titles

Coaching Cultures

Mugar GV711 .C63 2011

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare

Mugar Reserve RA427.8 .C64 2012

Dance and the Alexander Technique : Exploring the Missing Link

Mugar Reserve GV1588 .N477 2011

Feeding Problems in Children : A Practical Guide

Mugar RJ506 .E18 F445 2011

Free For All: Fixing School Food in America

Mugar LB3479.U6 P55 2010

Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology

Mugar RC386.6 .N48 H366 2011

Lunch Wars : How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health

Education LB3479 .U6 K35 2011

Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Mugar BF637 .S4 O954 2012

Sociology of Sports Coaching

Mugar GV711 .S67 2011

Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports : Sport-Specific Physical Preparation for High Performance

Mugar GV711.5 .G345 2013

Teaching Dancing with Ideokinetic Principles

Mugar GV1589 .W55 2011

Teaching Environmental Health to Children : An Interdisciplinary Approach

Education RA566.25 .H87 2011