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Health and Physical Education: Search Strategies

This guide is designed to support your research in Health and Physical Education

Constructing a Search Statement

Tips For Building Your Search Statement

 

Construct simple search statements to find books- e.g. "mental health" AND (girls OR females)

 

Use complex search statements within databases- e.g. ("mental health" OR "mental wellbeing") AND (girls OR females) AND "eating disorders"

 

Use truncation to extend search results - e.g. athlet* will retrieve athlete, athletes, athletics, athleticism

Add "quotation marks" to retrieve a specific phrase.

Use the term OR to find synonyms or alternative terms- e.g. "physiological training" OR "physical training" OR "physical conditioning"

    Use brackets around alternative terms to create order in your search - e.g. (nutrition OR diet) AND "health education"

    Physical Education Sample Search Statements

    Sample Search Statements

    • "SAQ training"  AND (soccer OR football)

    • "eating disorders" AND tennis
    • netball AND strength* and "physical training"
    • basketball AND "strength training" AND perform*

    • "sports psychology" AND ("arousal regulation" OR relax*)

    • athlet* AND (nutrition AND diet) AND "eating disorders"

    • (visuali?ation OR imagery) AND (soccer OR football) AND (engag* OR motivat* OR success)

    • "physical education" AND (engage* OR motivat*) AND (girls OR females)

    Health Education Sample Search Statements

    Sample Search Statements

    • anxiety and (teen* OR adolescen*)

    • “healthy eating” AND (promot* OR encourag*)

    • bully* AND (“body image” OR self-esteem) 

    • sexuality AND (well-being OR welfare) AND (youth OR adolescen* OR teen*)

    Browse by Call number

    Try browsing the shelves at these call number locations:

    Health Subject Headings

    You will find subject headings in the records for resources. You can use them in two ways: use them as browsing links or incorporate them into your search strategies to get more consistent results.

    Look for sections labelled 'keywords', 'descripters' or 'subject headings' in database records.

    example of health education subject headings in Discovery

    Physical Education Subject Headings

    You will find subject headings in the records for resources. You can use them in two ways: use them as browsing links or incorporate them into your search strategies to get more consistent results.

    Look for sections labelled 'keywords', 'descripters' or 'subject headings' in database records.

    example of physical education subject headings in Discovery