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Sport Management

General guide to assist sport management students and faculty.

Library Resources

The Explore RSU Libraries search box on the library website is a great place to start your research. It searches all the library's resources in one place including books/ebooks, journal and news articles and government information. 


Case studies in sport management                                                 International journal of fitness

Journal of applied sport management                                             Journal of exercise science and fitness

Journal of Global Sport Management                                             International journal of sports sciences and fitness

Journal of sport management                                                         Journal of sport science and fitness

Journal of contemporary athletics                                                  Journal of issues in intercollegiate athletics

Journal of outdoor recreation, education, and leadership


Most books and other items in the library are organized by the Library of Congress Call Number system. In that system, sports management, recreation and leisure can be found in the GVs. These books will be on the 3rd floor Stacks.

Here are the subjects associated with specific call numbers, in case you'd like to browse. However, if you are looking for something specific, searching the library catalog is usually quicker.


Call Number
Recreation. Leisure GV1 - GV1860
Recreation. Leisure -- Recreation leadership. Administration of recreation services GV181.35 - GV181.6
Recreation. Leisure -- Recreational areas and facilities. Recreation centers GV182 - GV182.5
Recreation. Leisure -- Outdoor life. Outdoor recreation GV191.2 - GV200.66
Recreation. Leisure -- Physical education and training GV201 - GV555
Recreation. Leisure -- Physical education and training -- School and college athletics. Intramural
and interscholastic athletics
GV346 - GV351.5
Recreation. Leisure -- Physical education and training -- Physical education facilities. Sports facilities Including gymnasiums, athletic fields, playgrounds, etc. GV401 - GV433
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports GV557 - GV1198.995
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Coaching GV711
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Athletic contests. Sports events GV712 - GV725
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Professionalism in sports. Professional sports (General) GV733 - GV734.5
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Umpires. Sports officiating GV735
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Athletic and sporting goods, supplies, etc. GV743 - GV749
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Air sports: Airplane flying, kiteflying, bungee jumping, etc. GV750 - GV770.27
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Water sports: Canoeing, sailing, yachting, scuba diving, etc. GV770.3 - GV840
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Winter sports: Ice hockey, skiing, bobsledding, snowmobiling, etc. GV840.7 - GV857
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc. GV861 - GV1017
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Automobile travel. Motoring. Automobile racing GV1020 - GV1034
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Cycling. Bicycling. Motorcycling  GV1040 - GV1060.4
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Track and field athletics GV1060.5 - GV1098
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Fighting sports: boxing, fencing, etc. GV1100 - GV1150.9
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Shooting. Archery GV1151 - GV1190
Recreation. Leisure -- Sports -- Wrestling GV1195 - GV1198.995

Search Strategies

Did you know that when you enter an entire sentence into Google it searches each.. word.. individually? That's why you get millions of results back! Luckily Google does a decent job of returning relevant results from a sentence. Unlike Google, databases can't understand an entire sentence. You will need to break your topic down into the most important ideas, or keywords. Even Google will give you better results if you use relevant keywords!

Exclude irrelevant words

When using the databases, you should exclude all extraneous words from your searches. First, leave out all articles (a, and, the) in your search. Next, narrow your search terms down to two or three words that describe exactly what you hope to find For example, if you are writing a paper about the theme of discrimination in Frankenstein, narrowing your search terms down to discrimination and Frankenstein will likely retrieve a manageable list of more precise results.

Select and refine search terms

After you have selected your initial search terms, list any synonyms or related terms that might be relevant to your topic. For example, if your search terms are Frankenstein and discrimination, you might want to try synonyms such as "prejudice" or "intolerance" in place of discrimination. You may even replace discrimination with a related term, such as "inhumanity." Successful searches are often the result of trying out a variety of terms. Most databases will provide you with suggestions of additional or alternate search terms to use, which can lead you to better results in a shorter amount of time.

Once you've broken down your research topic into keywords you can start searching more in-depth using filters and other search tools. The boolean operators andor, & not can help you combine keywords to retrieve results directly related to your topic. Boolean operators are like a type of filter and can be used in just about any search bar, including databases and Google! 


Most library databases have built in search tools such as filters.

Here are some useful filters:

  • Peer-Review - Limits your search to scholarly journal articles
  • Publication Date - Limit your search to resources published within a specific time frame
  • Full Text Online - This ensures all results are available to read in full. 
  • Content Type - Limits your search to just one content type such as journal articles or books
  • Subject Terms - These are like official hashtags. Select them to find sources about that subject.

You can also view the Advanced Search for more filters and tools!