Exercise Science and Health Promotion Resources

Exercise Science and Health Promotion specific databases


Health Source provides mainly full text access to the leading scholarly journals focusing on the medical disciplines. The Lexi-PAL Drug Guide is also included and provides patient education sheets for generic and brand name medications. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier and other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."


PubMed provides access to citations from biomedical literature, many with links to full text documents. MEDLINE, the premier bibliographic database for the life sciences, is accessible through PubMed and dates back to 1950. Use the Journals Database to search for journal articles by subject relating to the biomedical field and other life sciences, or use the drop down menu on the first page to search proteins, genomes, cancer chromosomes and more.

Exercise Science and Health Promotion reference ebooks

Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society

Examines the issues that surround cancer and its effects on society. Navigates through the terminology and concepts to provide a better understanding of how cancer affects us way beyond the medical conditions that are regrettably more than obvious.

Encyclopedia of Drugs - Alcohol & Addictive Behavior - 3rd Edition

Explores the social, medical, legal and political issues related to drugs and alcohol and associated behaviors. Includes emerging topics and developments in the many fields of addiction studies.

Human Diseases and Conditions - 2nd Edition

Presents information on numerous diseases and conditions. Articles include a definition of the disease or condition, an explanation of how it works in the body, information on causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment or cure, and lifestyles.

General/related databases

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Exercise Science and Health Promotion websites

American Association of the History of Nursing, Inc.

The official website of the American Association of the History of Nursing provides a lot of information, including the table of contents of the current issue of the association’s journal, about the history of nursing. Links to other resources are also compiled.

America’s Health Rankings

This website makes the annual publication by the same name freely available on the web. Forty-four overlapping measures of health such as prevalence of smoking, lack of health insurance, infant mortality, and per capita personal income are used to rank each of the 50 states. Statistics can be organized by state or by measure, and graphs to show trending in each area are also available.

Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemics

This website is part of the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program and makes digitized versions of books, pamphlets, engravings and more available. Materials are organized around well-known “episodes” of contagious disease such as the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.

Digital Collections: History of Medicine

This page provides links to the digitized collections of the National Library of Medicine. The digitized materials include images and text from the collection and exhibitions at NLM such as profiles of important people in the medical and public health fields and an archive of syllabi for medical classes.

Genes and Disease

This collection of articles looks at genes and genetic disorders. Articles are grouped into broad categories or can be looked up by chromosome.


HealthCentral.com provides information about recognizing, managing, and recovering, when applicable, from common ailments such as osteoporosis, herpes, and heart disease. General information about such topics as skin care, food and nutrition, and sleep is also provided. All content is physician-reviewed, except for information presented by community members in their forums.


Consisting of clips from NBC’s Digital Health Network, HealthVideo.com provides short videos on a variety of health topics organized by demographic: children’s health, women’s health, men’s health, health and aging, etc. Though the ads on the site are fairly easy to overlook, be prepared for commercials in the videos themselves.

National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association aims to promote research-based knowledge as it applies to athletic performance. Their website offers training videos, podcasts and lists of links to non-members. Information about certification exams and career resources are also available.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Smoking & Health Resource Library

This database, provided by CDC, gives access to citations, many abstracts, and some full text articles relating to smoking and tobacco use. Click “Return to Smoking and Tobacco Use” for tips on how to quit smoking.

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

This website from the National Library of Medicine is a collection of links related to emergency and disaster preparedness as it effects many special populations including the hearing impaired, Native Americans, people with diabetes and more.

Women’s Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, funds and produces original research on such topics as the status of female youth health and minorities in sports. Their website makes this research, as well as a host of materials about and supporting Title IX, freely available. Information about grants and scholarships is also provided.