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School of Sport and Exercise Science

Make the most of your Library

Learning how to use Library resources, such as books, journal articles, and databases, is a key part of your academic development.

Your librarian, Kathryn, can help support you to find, evaluate, use, and reference information from a wide variety of sources to produce high-quality assignments.

If you would like to book a one-to-one or small-group appointment, you are very welcome to contact me by email or drop by the askalibrarian desk in The Hive. Use the boxes to the left to check my availability on the askalibrarian desk.

Go beyond Google

When it comes to finding material for your assignments, your resource lists are a great place to start. You can use Library Search to start looking for academic books and e-books, book chapters, and journal articles. For more targeted searches, you can use research databases -- use the tabs below to discover the recommended resources for the School of Sport and Exercise Science.

Subject-specific databases

These resources are focused on specific subjects, including Business, Education and Health sciences. You may find it useful to consult other library subject guides on these areas to find other resources.


Multi-disciplinary databases

These databases bring together journals, e-books and other scholarly material across a number of different disciplines. 

What is a journal article and how do I use a research database?

Use these handy tutorials from our YouTube channel to find out about why and how to use journal articles.

Using websites critically

Websites can be highly useful and relevant sources of information. However, you do need to evaluate them carefully and critically to be sure that the information is high quality. While books are checked by publishers and editors and journal articles are reviewed by academic experts, it is much easier to produce online content without going through editors or reviewers. Here are some useful starting points to evaluate a website:

  • Current - is the information up-to-date or relevant to what you are looking for? Does the website share when it was published or last updated?
  • Reliable - is the information accurate and can it be verified? Do they reference their information?
  • Authority - where does the website derive its expertise? Is it written by practitioners, researchers, or someone else with expert knowledge? What kind of sources and references do they use?
  • Purpose - what is the purpose of the website? Is it trying to sell you something or push an agenda?

For more guidance, see our Evaluating sources guide.

National agencies, Sports Councils, and other public bodies

These organisations all promote sport across the UK, investing in elite and amateur sport.

Other organisations and useful resources

These resources span other sporting organisations, coaching, sport business, sport education and more.

Improving your performance

Going to uni is a bit like going to the gym - your fees get you access to great services and facilities, but if you want to see any changes, you have to put the work in. If you're not sure what to do or where to go, we are happy to help!

We can help with finding, evaluating, using and referencing information. Get in touch with Kathryn or askalibrarian for support over email or to book a face-to-face appointment.

You can find guidance on referencing, finding and evaluating sources, plagiarism and copying on our Study Skills page, and guidance on essay writing, taking notes, organising yourself and more on the UW Study Skills page.


Academic writing
  • Language Centre - seek advice from tutors on how to improve your academic English. One-to-one appointments are available daily, with online booking. 
  • Writers in Residence - get support from professional writers on your own writing. One-to-one appointments, book over email. 


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Kathryn Devine

Academic Liaison Librarian


The Hive Level 3 askalibrarian

Please note that currently I will be in the Hive at the times stated, but office based. Therefore, unless you have pre-booked an appointment, please speak with a member of staff on arrival and they will call me out to you.  As the situation is unfolding daily, I would recommend contacting me, and checking our coronavirus webpage before making a special trip. If you would prefer to arrange an online meeting, please email me at and we can book in a time to speak via Collaborate. Thank you.

Thu 26 Mar 1pm-5pm
Tue 31 Mar 4pm-5pm
Wed 1 Apr 4pm-5pm
Thu 9 Apr 10am-1pm
Thu 28 May 1pm-4pm

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