James H. Thomason Library

History 3446: Global History of Sport
Locating Articles


The Runners, detail, Robert Delaunay, 1925,
oil on canvas, private collection, Zurich

ARTstor Digital Images

  Article Databases
  Historic Newspapers
  Journal Finder
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  EBSCO eBook Collection
  WorldCat and ILL
Reference Sources
  Print Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc
  E-book Encyclopedias
  Visual materials
  Style Guides
Sports Associations
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Locating Articles    
Article Databases/Indexes back to top


The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Premier
EBSCOhost’s journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines

EBSCO eBook Collection  [EBSCO]

Choose this collection from the list of all EBSCOhost databases.

Oxford African American Studies Center
A comprehensive online collection from Oxford University Press focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture

Gale Biography in Context
Search for people, includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

Gale U.S. History in Context
Events, issues and current information in U.S. history from journal articles, reference, and primary source materials

Gale World History in Context
Information on topics ranging from ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance

A searchable archive of full-text journals covering all disciplines

Project Muse

Current and recent volumes of over 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.
PC has Journal of Sport History, 2010-present; Journal of Sports Media, 2006-present.

PsycINFO [EBSCO] American Psychological Association, 1887 to the present
Rich resource for research in psychology and related disciplines. Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, chapters, books, technical reports, and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines. Over 55,000 references are added yearly. Full-text articles from 43 PsycARTICLES journals available through PsycINFO searches. Additional full-text articles in other PC journal collections can be found through Journal Finder.


Historic Newspapers   back to top

America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1876 [NewsBank Archive of Americana]
A searchable database with issues from over 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries. Select specific titles or search publications by state.

The Atlanta Constitution Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image articles from 1868-1945.

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals [Library of Congress]
Twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Library of Congress, including literary and political magazines, as well as Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, and Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry. The longest run is for The North American Review, 1815-1900.


Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text when available.

Search or Browse

Journal Finder

by Title, Full Text Online, Subject, or by Database name

Citation example:

Bairner, Alan. "Football and community in the global context." Leisure Studies 29:3 (2010),


  1. Note the date of the journal issue you need before following Journal Finder link.
  2. Default search is Journals by Title in Full Text. Type or paste the title of the journal or magazine into the empty box (example: Leisure Studies).
  3. You may need to select your title from the results by clicking on the title you seek.
  4. Results for your title include up to three categories: Full Text Resources in your library (in print), Full Text Resources Online, and Indexing Only (not full text).
  5. Note the "dates available" in a Full Text category. Click on a database that covers the date you need.
  6. Choose, year and issue OR volume and issue, then look through the contents of that issue for the article you need. Articles are usually listed in page number order and are available in HTML or PDF format.

When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the

Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database location in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Sports history journals:

Sport in History
“Original, archivally-based research on the history of sport, leisure and recreation. This  journal encourages the study of sport to illuminate broader historical issues and debates.” [access to free articles from this journal]

Journal of Sport History [NASSH] 0094-1700, not subscribed @ PC


Sociology of sport journals:

Leisure Studies (0261-4367)
Publishes papers on leisure behavior from a wide range of disciplinary bases including sociology, psychology, planning & economics as well as leisure professionals.

Leisure Sciences
Covers leisure behavior with emphasis on developing & testing theory.

International Review for the Sociology of Sport (1012-6902)
A fully peer reviewed academic journal, it is committed to the global dissemination of research on sport within sociology, sport studies, anthropology, cultural studies and across the social sciences.

Journal of Sport & Social Issues (0193-7235)
The latest research, discussion and analysis on contemporary sport issues.

Sociology of Sport Journal (0741-1235)


Locating Books    
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Cashmore, Ernest [as AUTHOR]

  Jordan, Michael [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to sports:

THOMCAT Subjects

  African American-Baseball Players-Biography  
  Baseball-United States-History  
  College Sports  
  Coaching Athletics-Great Britain  
  Discrimination in sports-History-20th century  
  Football-Economic aspects-United States  
  Olympics History  
  Olympics Records 1 PC,  29 PASCAL  
  Professional sports  
  Racism in sports-History-20th century  
  Soccer-Social Aspects  
  Sports and State  
  Sports-Social Aspects-United States  
  Violence in sports 4 PC, 21+ PASCAL  

Be sure to use the pass-through to PASCAL for additional books!




PASCAL Subjects

  Lacrosse PASCAL only  
  Leisure Sociological Aspects 20 PASCAL  
  Leisure-Social Aspects 3 PC, 74 PASCAL  
click PASCAL icon to pass-through:
  National Football League-History 1 PC, 20 PASCAL  
  Sports History 5 PC, 111+ PASCAL  

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
discrimination AND sport

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
gender AND (sports OR athletics)

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
athlet* = athlete, athletes, athletic, athletics

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases


  PASCAL Catalog   back to top

When you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search in the PASCAL Catalog for books you can borrow from other academic libraries in SC. Through the PASCAL Delivers service, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.


Searching in the PASCAL Catalog is similar to searching in THOMCAT. An added BONUS in THOMCAT is a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same search results in PASCAL with one click on the PASCAL icon like the red box on the right   > > >

The pass-through is available on any search at any level:

  • A PC book you need is checked out? Click the PASCAL icon to find other copies available in SC.

  • Need more items on a subject? PASCAL items on that subject are just a click away.

click to pass from THOMCAT to PASCAL

This free service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


EBSCO eBook Collection    back to top


EBSCOhost has acquired NetLibrary!

  • Find eBooks using the familliar EBSCO platform by entering words related to your topic.
  • eBook Table of Contents help you determine the usefulness of the book.
  • Open eBook full-text, then search inside using the magnifying glass icon under EBSCO tools on the right.
  • Many eBooks like the one on the right can be found in THOMCAT searches ... just click to connect


eBook Example in THOMCAT:

Sports in America Series by decade, Chelsea House, 2010.


Other options for book loans    


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan
ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for more information.


Reference Sources:    
Print Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and more   back to top

Reference works related to sports :

The Baseball Encyclopedia: the complete and official record of major league baseball, 4th ed., rev. and expanded, Macmillan, 1979.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.357 B291B

The Ball is Round: a global history of soccer, Riverhead Books, 2008.
Upper Level: 796.334 G564B

Chronicle of the Olympics, 1896-1996, distributed by Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.48 C468C

Encyclopedia of World Sport: from ancient times to the present,  ABC CLIO, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.03 En19E [3 vols]

Encyclopedia of North American Sports History, Facts on File, c2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.097 H528E

The Great Encyclopedia of 19th-century Major League Baseball, Fine Books, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.357 N341G

Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement, Scarecrow Press, c1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.48 B851H

The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary: a cyclopedic reference, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.357 D561N

NCAA Football: the official … college football records book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, c1995-
Main Level, Reference: R 796.33 N213N  1995

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Sports & Recreation, UNC Press, 2011.
Main Level, Reference: R 975.00321 N42N v.16

Outstanding Women Athletes: who they are and how they influenced sports in America, Oryx Press, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.01940922 W888O

Sports Culture: an A-Z guide, Routledge, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 306.483 C268S

What’s in a Nickname?  exploring the jungle of college athletic mascots, R. Franks Pub. Ranch, c1982.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.071173 F855W

Women in Sport: an annotated bibliography and resource guide, 1900-1990, G. K. Hall & Co., 1991.

Main Level, Reference: R 016.7960194 R285W

Women in Sports: the complete book on the world’s greatest female athletes, General Pub. Group, c1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 796.092 L452W


E-book Encyclopedia Collections

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Search these collections of eReference Encyclopedias OR select a relevant individual title:

CREDO Reference

Search across all subjects/books in the collection here or select from individual CREDO titles related to sports:

Black Firsts

Chambers Dictionary of World History

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender

Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies
[e.g. masculinity, stereotype, violence]

Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History

World of Sociology





Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search entire GVRL collection here or select individual titles:

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America





SAGE Reference

Search over 40 authoritative and award-winning social sciences encyclopedias for your topic.    


Oxford African American Studies Center

A comprehensive online collection from Oxford University Press focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American history and culture. Includes images, primary sources, maps and content from the following reference works from Oxford:

Africana: Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience

African American National Biography

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present



New Collection!

Sharpe Online Reference: U.S. History and Culture  [SOLR]

Search this collection of 9 eBooks from M.E. Sharpe Publishing and explore the broad range of events, people, movements, and political, social, economic, and cultural issues that have shaped the United States from earliest times to the present day. Includes web links, primary sources, teacher resources, as well as a searchable image gallery.

Colonial America

Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and New Deal

Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political,

Cultural, and Economic History

American Presidential Campaigns and Elections

Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements

Encyclopedia of American Folklife




Visual materials   back to top

New! American History in Video [Alexander Street Press]
This collection is an exclusive collaboration with A&E Television Networks and features important documentaries and series from The History Channel®, A&E Network®, and Biography®. Historical coverage ranges from the early history of Native Americans, to the lost colony of Roanoke, to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas. Search or browse-- powered by Semantic Indexing and searchable transcripts synchronized to video—gives the ability to drill down in seconds to find the footage of interest from thousands of hours of video.
Provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of American history.

ARTstor Digital Library

Initiated at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ARTstor Digital Library is comprised of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars. ARTstor provides a wide range of visual materials for educational and scholarly use, and broader access to images of important art, architecture, design and archeological objects.

100 Years of Olympic Glory [videorecording], Turner Home Entertainment, c 1996.
Lower Level: VIDEO 796.48 On2O [2 parts]

Baseball, a film by Ken Burns [videorecording], Turner Home Entertainment: PBS Home Video, c1994.
Lower Level: VIDEO 796.357 B291B [9 vols]

The Sociology of Sports in the United States, Insight Media, c2005.
Main Level, Reference: DVD 796 So13S


Style Guides   back to top

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 808.027 C432C

Research and Documentation Online: Chicago Style - History Papers [Bedford St./Martin's, 5th edition]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Sports Associations   back to top


North American Society for Sport History
Purpose of NASSH is “to promote, stimulate, and encourage study and research and writing of the history of sport; to support and cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having the same purposes. The Society conducts its activities solely for scholarly and literary purposes.” Publishes The Journal of Sport History [0094-1700]  As well as academic articles, each issue of the JSH features a forum in which scholars debate significant topics.  Membership includes full-text access. Site provides TOC to issues; SITE SAYS AVAIL. THRU PROJECT MUSE but not part of  PC subscription

British Society of Sports History
“Our purpose is to promote the study of the history of sport. Our work includes activities as diverse as encouragement of research within and beyond academic settings, support for the preservation of the sporting record, collaboration with the museum and heritage sector, promotion of the study of the history of sport in higher and further education as well as by those in secondary school, and engagement with the broader public media.” BRAND NEW SITE-under construction

Sport in Society [Northeastern University, Boston]

Educates and supports emerging leaders and organizations within sport with the awareness, knowledge and skills to implement innovative and impactful solutions for social change.   


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