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This guide provides resources for performing kinesiology research at NC A&T.

Find Scholarly Articles

Scholarly or academic articles contain original research on a narrow topic. They are usually peer-reviewed and are published in scholarly journals. To find articles on your topic, use keywords to search in one of the databases listed below.

If the article you want isn't available in full text you can request it for free through Interlibrary Loan.


Databases Specific to Kinesiology:


General, Multi-Subject Databases:


Scanning and skimming are essential when reading scholarly articles, especially at the beginning stages of your research or when you have a lot of material in front of you.

Many scholarly articles are organized to help you scan and skim efficiently. The next time you need to read a scholarly article, use the following chart as a guide:

Read / skim in this order: While asking yourself:
1. Abstract What is the article about? Is it relevant to your research?
2. Introduction What is the main research question?
3. Discussion / Results What are the key findings or answers to the research question?
4. Methods How was research or analysis conducted?
5. Conclusion What are the key conclusions? What might be some implications for future research?

To learn more about the different sections of an article, view this interactive graphic.

Find Books

Scholarly books are much longer than articles and they provide more depth and context. You can find physical books or e-books in our catalog below. Try searching by subject, keyword, author, or title. After you search select "Books" on the left side of the page to limit your results to only books.

Cite Your Sources

Any time you use another's work in your research, you need to cite the source with both in-text and reference list citations. American Psychological Association (APA) style, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) style, and American Medical Association (AMA) style are the citation styles most commonly used for kinesiology research at N.C. A&T. To learn how to cite in each style, see the tabs at the top of this box.


Reference managers help you organize and keep track of your sources, as well as automatically create citations. The tool I most recommend is Zotero, which is free to use.

To get started with Zotero, follow these steps:

  1. Download the desktop application from Zotero's site (available for both Windows and Mac). I would also highly recommend downloading the Google Chrome Connector/plug-in, which allows you to click a button to automatically grab citation information from an article or website.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Sync the account with the Zotero desktop application. It will automatically prompt you to do this when you open it for the first time.
  4. Use the Chrome Connector/plug-in to add things to your library. Feel free to create folders to organize different projects.
  5. When you are ready to cite, select a source or multiple sources. Then, right-click and select "Create bibliography from item(s)." Then, select APA style from the list of styles, and make sure the box is checked for "Copy to clipboard." If you need to cite in JSCR style instead, select "Manage styles" and search for "Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research." You can then add that style to your list of styles.
  6. Paste the citation(s) into your document!

American Psychological Association (APA) Style

Visit the Purdue OWL site for a detailed guide on APA style.

For help creating citations, reach out to your librarian, shown on the left side of this page.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) Style

All references must be alphabetized by the last name of first author and numbered. References are cited in the text by numbers in parentheses, for example, (2).


Cite a journal article:
Reference number.     Last Name, First and Middle Initials. Name of article. Journal Title Volume number: Page range, Year.

1.     Hartung, GH, Blancq, RJ, Lally, DA, Krock, LP. Estimation of aerobic capacity from submaximal cycle ergometry in women. Med Sci Sports Exerc 27: 452–457, 1995.

2.     Kraemer, WJ, Hatfield, DL, Comstock, BA, et al. Influence of HMB supplementation and resistance training on cytokines responses to resistance exercise. J Am Coll Nutr 33: 247-255, 2014.


Cite a book:
Reference number.     Last Name, First and Middle Initials. Title of Book. City, State of Publisher: Publisher Name, Year.

1.     Lohman, TG. Advances in Body Composition Assessment. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1992.


For help creating citations, reach out to your librarian, shown on the left side of this page.

American Medical Association (AMA) Style

Visit the Purdue OWL site for a detailed guide on AMA style.

For help creating citations, reach out to your librarian, shown on the left side of this page.