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Exercise and Fitness Search Tools: A more comprehensive list of resources

This guide will provide a variety of resources and tools that cover exercise and fitness sciences.

Exercise and Fitness - databases arranged by Type of information required

Exercise and Fitness Databases by TYPE of Information



The latest news on health-related topics can be found using various indexes on our News Resources page.


You can locate reliable facts, summaries of topics from dictionaries and encyclopedias, and background information about topics using resources such as CREDO on our Facts/Definitions page.

RESEARCH REPORTS AND EXPERT OPINIONS (JOURNAL INDEXES ... search and connect to full text materials):

Academic Search Complete.  Multidisciplinary database of core full-text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, government documents and other sources.

Central Index. Broad coverage of interdisciplinary journals and other materials. 

CINAHL Complete. Articles and evidence-based care sheets on nursing and allied-health topics.

Medline with Full Text. A search tool from the U.S. National Library of Medicine–National Institutes of Health. Articles from more than 1,400 medical journals.

Business Source Complete.

  • In-depth coverage of business journals, magazines. Some news sources and industry reports.
  • The Advanced Search option will allow you to filter results by various types of information (case study, industry profile, SWOT analysis).

PsycINFO. Articles and books in psychology and related fields.  -- replaced by the Central Index database.

Scopus. This interdisciplinary database covers 5,000 journals (with some full text links) in science, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. Identify articles with high impact and track research fronts using citation tracking.

Multiple Database Search Tool. This tool is useful for finding an exact known item or for searching across many databases at one time. You will retrieve MANY results, so be prepared to spend significant time reviewing and/or narrowing down your results.


RESEARCH REPORTS AND EXPERT OPINIONS (summations and overviews found in BOOKS):

Expert opinions can be found in books: see our local book catalog for searching. You may want to expand your search to the I-Share state-wide catalog (using the drop-down option below the search box) or our electronic book page.


Drug Information Portal. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, containing information on over 36,000 drugs from U.S. government sources.

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition. Articles from medical journals, plus the Lexi-Pal Drug Guide containing 1,300 generic-drug patient-education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.


Health and Psychosocial Instruments. Reviews of tests.

MULTIMEDIA (images, videoes, etc):

Nursing Education in Video. 260 full-length videos for the education of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All the videos have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS. 


Data on health-related topics can be found using the resources found on our Handling Information and Data page.

SimplyAnalytics (was SimplyMap) contains United States census data, business data, and business points that can be manipulated and mapped. You can rank locations based on variables, create demographic analyses, and map variables to the county or sometimes the census Block.  If you sign in as a guest, you won’t need to create an account. Accounts are needed only to save search parameters and data results. (Information and help video page.)


AIDSinfo. Federally approved treatment guidelines for HIV infection and AIDS-related illnesses.

Drug Information Portal. Information on more than 36,000 drugs from U.S. government sources.

Environmental Health and Toxicology. Comprehensive environmental health and toxicology resources.

Household Products. Health and safety information for thousands of brands, including personal care, automotive, garden, and cleaning products.

MedlinePlus. Extensive patient information, in multiple languages.. Note that the SXU library subscribes to Medline with Full Text, which contains articles from more than 1,400 medical journals

NCBI. The National Center for Biotechnology Information provides resources on how interactions among genes, the environment, and lifestyle can lead to disease.

PubMed. Research and public-health literature from Medline.

TOXMAP. Environmental-health maps of toxic chemicals in the air, water, and ground.

Tox Town. Key topics in toxicology, the environment, and occupational health.


From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation, comes the 500 Cities Project, an interactive map that allows researchers to quickly access and analyze health data from the 500 largest cities in the United States.


  See the excellent pages of web tools for Exercise Science and Professional Associations created by George Washington University.

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