Course Research Pages

SMG 303: History of Sports

Sample Subject Headings for Finding Books in the Book and Media Catalog

Reference Books in Bowman Library

Tomlinson, Alan. The Atlas of Sports: Who Plays What, Where, and Why GV576 .T66 2011

Levinson, David and Karen Christensen, eds. Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire, 2005. GV567 .B48 2005 (Reference Collection)

Research Databases

Biography in Context - Biographies on people including athletes, coaches, and broadcasters. Search by name or sport in the upper right search box or browse the Athletes category on the home page.

CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Researcher - Research reports on current and controversial topics; most contain a Chronology section that's useful for the history of a topic. Search for topics such as gender equity, high school sports, and Olympic Games.

Credo Reference - Research topics by keyword or phrase including "sports history," "olympic history," "sports and recreation."

EBSCOhost - Multi-subject database of scholarly, magazine, and newspaper articles. Limit your search by selecting full text and indicating a date range. Also, use the subject headings on the left column within search results to find more articles.

Encyclopaedia Britannica - An online encyclopedia with entries on the histories of individual sports as well as biographical information on individual athletes.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online reference books, useful for background information; contains historical and contemporary sports topics.

Google Scholar
Find scholarly journal articles and books. Not all are available full-text. Articles not in the library's collection can be ordered via Interlibrary Loan.

Historical New York Times - Search for articles published in the New York Times from 1851 through 2012. For NYT articles from 2013 to the present, use the New York Times website.

JSTOR - A collection of journal articles on subjects such as history, sociology, and business. Includes some articles on history of sport topics.

LexisNexis Academic - Enter sports-related search term(s) in the search box. Note: historical information more than 10-15 years old will not be available in this database.

SBRNet - Market research and industry news covering the sporting goods and sports marketing industry. Data is provided by the National Sporting Goods Association, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and various sports governing bodies. Includes full-text articles from 14 magazines and newsletters. There's not much history here, but this database may be useful if recent sports statistics are needed.

Selected Web Sites

Boston Red Sox History

History of Women in Sports Timeline
A timeline of women in sports from 776 BC to the present.

Hockey Hall of Fame
Select "Stanley Cup Showcase," "Time Capsule," or "Induction Showcase."

International Football Hall of Fame (Soccer)

International Olympic Committee

LA84 Foundation Digital Archive
Go to the LA84 Foundation search link to search a large collection of sports materials, including sports journals, such as the Journal of Sport History and other publications. There's also a list of research reports from the Foundation.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Select "History" under "About the Hall."

National Baseball Hall of Fame
Select "Hall of Famers" or "Baseball History" under "Museum."

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Select "History."

San Francisco Giants History

Society for American Baseball Research
See the Research tab at the top of the page.

Special Olympics

United States Anti-Doping Agency

United States Olympic Committee

Women’s Sports Foundation
Advocates for women’s sports and health issues such as Title IX enforcement, equality in coaching and sports administration, and proper nutrition for the female athlete. The Research tab may be useful.

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