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Physical Education, Health, & Fitness Management Courses & Research: Overview

Physiology of Exercise

Building Background

As you begin to research a new topic, explore general background information first.

You will gain:

  • ideas for how to broaden or narrow your focus
  • specific terms to use in your investigation
  • names of important people for that topic
  • timelines of related dates and events
  • suggested sources to investigate further

Highlighted References for PE, Health & Fitness Management

These are examples of reference books available at Vogel Library.

Online Overview Sources

These are reference databases that cover general information on multiple disciplines including PE & health topics.

For recommendations SPECIFIC to this discipline, see the "Find Articles" tab in this guide.


An example of a specific source from Oxford Reference Online is the Oxford Dictionary of Sport Science and Medicine.  There are many other similar materials or information in each of these databases.

Annual Reviews

The summaries include keywords, an abstract, an introduction to the topic addressed, and include extensive lists of cited literature.


Here is a tutorial that covers website features, and how to navigate, access, and search effectively across Annual Reviews content.

What is an Overview Source?

Overview Sources are an excellent place to start seeking information!

  1. They serve as a credible introduction to your topic, issue, or concern.
  2. They help you to identify critical issues connected with a topic.
  3. They clarify unfamiliar dates or terms, pinpoint key themes, and assist in constructing a searchable vocabulary for your topic.
  4. Most overview sources (at least those in academic reference collections) are written by experts in the field selected for their topical knowledge. You can often search for additional research by the scholars who author or edit the materials.
  5. Most list recommended sources or further readings on the topics discussed.  

Academic libraries buy or subscribe to a LOT of "overview" resources. They are a reputable starting point to launch questions that narrow your focus.