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Note about keywords:
Dodgeball or Dodge Ball?
You may see this term spelled both without a space, and with a space. The databases aren't smart enough to realize that these are the same thing. Be smarter than the database, and search using both variations.
Keywords are simply those words you type into the search box to get the results you want. Just like in Google, you don't type your whole question, just the important words or terms that will help you get the answers. Remember to consider synonyms when you create your keyword list.
So what are subjects then? Subjects are a specific word or phrase some librarian has assigned to a particular topic. Basically it's a tag we attach to articles or books. Why would we do that? Because that way when you search for that specific word or phrase you get EVERYTHING that has been tagged with that term. You can find these subjects (or subject headings) in the library catalog and most databases (except JSTOR). Usually they live along the left side bar or in the middle of the record (when you click on a specific book or article).
If there is a specific journal title you'd like to search within, here are the steps:
We've linked the full text to search within these journals, but if you find a title that isn't linked below, the steps to find it are in the box above. If you're accessing the journals off campus, you may be prompted to log in with your UD network login.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport