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SPORTDiscus: Introduction

Use this guide to help you search SPORTDiscus more effectively and to find out how to manage your search results. After reading this introductory page, click each heading in the following row of tabs:

What is SPORTDiscus?

SPORTDiscus homepage

  • SPORTDiscus provides details of articles and other documents from across hundreds of academic journals, in addition to books, reports and magazines. It covers a wide range of topics associated with sport and physical activity, with perspectives from management, sociology, social policy, psychology, science and medicine. 
  • Date coverage: The content includes academic journals from 1890-present, and other other types of document from 1573-present.

Connecting to SPORTDiscus

  • To connect to SPORTDiscus, click either the SPORTDiscus link in the Library Catalogue or the link in the Library's Search the Literature page for health students and researchers.You can also use the following link:
  • Off-campus students and staff: after clicking on a link to SPORTDiscus,you will be asked to enter your University of Bath username and password (unless you are connecting via VPN/UniDesk).

Checking the availability of an article/document

  • As with most library databases, SPORTDiscus provides abstracts (summaries) of articles/other documents. Most of its search results include a PDF link to the full text.
  • If a search result doesn't include a PDF link, a blue and white 'links' button will appear instead. Click this button to take you into the Library Catalogue where you will either see a link to the full document or a statement explaining that the content is unavailable.
  • If the document is unavailable, you can request a scan by using our Inter-library Loans service: further information.