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Exercise Physiology Guide

Welcome to the Exercise Physiology Guide.

Audience: CUW undergraduate and MAT graduate students

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Resources in this guide are organized by type. Click a tab to choose the appropriate type for your information need.

Course Guides

EXPH 225: Introduction to Exercise Science
EXPH 475/EXPH 495: Senior Seminar
EXPH 494: Exercise & Chronic Disease

Evidence Based Practice Guide

See the Health Science Tools(PDF) Guide for any easy reference Chart on the features of different Databases

Healthcare Specific – Try these first

CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) indexing for journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, and quick lesson disease overviews. 

ClinicalKey (Elsevier) All of Elsevier’s medical and surgical content in one resource, including books, journals, videos, and images.

The Cochrane Library (EBSCOhost) Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full-text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a bibliography of controlled trials to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. Cochrane Clinical Answers contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill-down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.

DynaMed Plus (EBSCOhost) clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based informationDynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics Features include: Use of a strict, evidence-based editorial process, One-click access to full-text articles, Practice-changing updates, targeted Medline searching, and more.


McGraw-Hill Medical Databases – search AccessPharmacy, AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessPediatrics, and AccessSurgery in one integrated search to find the following:

  • Patient Education
  • Extensive Multimedia Library—A unique collection of examination and procedural videos & animations,
  • Multiple Quick Reference Tools—a collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice
  • Self-Assessment—Extensive Q&A from leading references 

MEDLINE Complete (EBSCOhost) Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. It is an essential resource for health professionals and researchers. Content Includes full-text journals and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.

Proquest Health & Medicine Databases Search all of Proquest’s health and medicine databases at the same time. 

PubMed (National Library of Medicine) FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present. 

PUBMED Basic Search Tutorial

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) – Provides scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest) Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Includes full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs, and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respect to their beliefs and practices.

Nursing & Health Professions Premier (Ovid) Provides full-text access to nursing and allied health journals published by leading publishers.

Exercise Specific

Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) (EBSCOhost) Evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. Content: Clinical Reviews, research instruments, more than 9,800 exercise images, key reference handbooks, guidelines from the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, nearly 1,500 relevant patient education topics in both English & Spanish, and news and clinical updates.

SPORTDiscus (Please note: This database is limited to 4 users at a time) Covers sports, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sports administration, officiating, sports law & legislation, college & university sports, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sports, doping, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sports & exercise psychology, recreation, and leisure studies.

Database Tutorials

General Database Tutorials


Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research Articles inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “research” OR “study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

  1. Filter by Document Type: on the Advanced Search page choose Case Study or Research under Document Type or Publication Type. In ProQuest databases, it looks like this:

ProQuest advanced search document type: case study

All of these results are generally primary research articles, but not all primary research is a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.

  1. In Ebscohost databases, you can choose 
    “Research” under Publication Type.

 Publication type box research selected

4. If you get a lot of results, consider limiting by Special interest or Field as well:

Sports medicine highlighted in Special interest box

You can search for books & ebooks in Primo


For General instructions: FINDING BOOKS
Find a Specific Book or Chapter

Library of Congress Call Numbers

QP300           Exercise and human physiology
TX361.A8     Athletic and exercise-based nutrition


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference books are located in the short stacks in the center of the library. Need Help? Finding Encyclopedia’s Guide

Gray’s AnatomyREF QM 23.2 G73
Merck manual of diagnosis and therapyREF RC 55 M4
Physicians’ Desk ReferenceREF RS 75. P5
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite


HealthData.gov: US health and medicine data

National Center for Health Statistics- Fast Stats   Alphabetical list of stats on public health issues

National Center for Health Statistics- Health annual report Datafinder tool and free infographics

State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

World Health Organization Data Repository: Health-related statistics from over 100 countries


Online Reference Tools

Online Encyclopedia of Physiotherapy

Research Search Tools

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) (NIH)
PLoS Medicine
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database): free database of over 19,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine  Clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.
Pubmed PICO Search

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions.

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