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Exercise Science Research: Find Background Info

Guidance and key resources for doing academic research in Exercise Science.

Why background research helps

Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research. This not only helps you better understand your topic, but it also helps you formulate the boundaries of your research and key terms for your thesis statement.  It can be a helpful guide to begin to narrow down your topic into a coherent and specific area.

Credo Reference


Credo is a library database containing digital versions of encyclopedias and other reference works. Think of it as an academic Wikipedia, only curated by librarians instead of the general public.

Finding Background Info in Books

Academic and research libraries typically use the Library of Congress classification system to organize their print materials, which means books on the same subject should be next to or near each other on the shelf. However, Exercise Science is not an official Library of Congress subject heading, so books with the subject headings relating to Exercise Science are found in a variety of shelf locations. These call numbers and subject heading are some suggestions to get you started. This information can be used to find books in person or via the library catalog.

  • Exercise--health aspects    RA 700s
  • Occupational therapy   RM 735
  • Physical education and training    GV 201-560
  • Physical fitness     RA 781
  • Physical therapy     RM 700s

Other Resources for Background Info

These books can be used to start your research in Exercise Science or to gather background information on the subject. 

For Ebooks, please note that your MyCharleston username and password are required for access.