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Physical Education Research Guide
Use this guide to help find information for use with physical education classes, including links to online journals in the field.
Finding books
There are two ways to find books in the library:  Browse the shelves, or search the catalog. 

If you have a topic in mind, start with the library catalog.  Choose a few words about your topic and enter them in the catalog search. 

Note the location and call number of the books you're interested in to help you find them on the library shelves.  (Hint: When you get to the shelf, look to the left and right of the books on your list, because there might be more that are useful to you nearby.)  If you need help finding anything, ask a friendly library worker.
Browse items in the library:
  • GV:  Recreation and Leisure, including teaching physical education
Search the library catalog -- Examples:
If we don't have the books you need in our library, you can borrow them from another library. 
Search in this order:
  1. TdS CatalogArea public libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 3-5 days.  
  2. MNLINKMinnesota libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 5-10 days.
  3. ILL (Interlibrary Loan): Items that you can't find in MLC, TdS, or MNLINK, usually arrive in 1-3 weeks.
Finding digital resources (like ebooks and articles)
For ebooks and articles, your best starting point is our Discovery search.  It's a one-stop shop for searching our library's digital resources.  Put a few keywords into the search box, and then narrow the results with the limiters.  To read an article or ebook, click on a link that says "full text."  (If you have trouble with a full-text link, let us know!)

We have a few databases that aren't included in Discovery, so you have to search them separately.  They are listed below.
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Physical Education Resources (Included in Discovery searches)

Consumer Health Complete Restricted Resource
Health and wellness articles covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men's & women's health.


Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
Peer-reviewed professional journal for educators in physical eduction, sport, recreation, and dance.  Includes articles on teaching methods, curriculum, coaching, fitness, and more.  Available digitally 1982 to present.  Some years available in print at the MLC Library.
note: Alternative access:  JOPERD
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators
Peer-reviewed professional journal for physical education teachers and coaches.  Available digitally 1997 to present.

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  Quick Links

  • MLC Library Website: Information about the library and its resources.
  • DiscoveryOne-stop source for journal articles and other digital content. 
  • MLC Catalog: Books in the MLC Library.  Also includes items from area public libraries (TdS); place holds for pickup at MLC, usually in 3-5 days.  
  • MNLINK: Minnesota libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 5-10 days.
  • ILL (interlibrary loan): Items that you can't find in MLC, TdS, or MNLINK, usually arrive in 1-3 weeks.
  • Music Library:  Find piano and organ music based on hymn tunes.
  • MLC KnightHelp:  Help with passwords, Moodle, and more.

​  Library Staff

Sue Gurgel
Reference, Research Help, Interlibrary Loan, Children's Literature

Susan Plocher
Databases, Journals, Reserves, Website

Liz WesselLiz Wessel
Curriculum Library, Makerspace, Checkouts, Fines and Bills

Grace BasesMary Hames 
Catalog Records, Call Numbers

Linda KramerLinda Kramer
Library Director, Materials Selection, Research Help, Reference