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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/white 'links' button appears instead. Click the button to take you to the Library Catalogue where you'll either see a link to the full document or a statement explaining that the content is unavailable.

    f you're signed in to the Library Catalogue, you'll see a link inviting you to request a scan of the document from another library. Click this link to complete a request form. There's a good chance that you'll then receive the scan, either the same day or within two working days: further information about the Inter-Library Loan service

Catalogue record link to Inter-Library Loan request.