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Find quality information

Not sure how to get started with your research? Check out our Research Process Guide to learn how to plan and begin searching for information to answer your assignment question.

These are good places to begin looking for academic information on your assignment topic:

Universal search

Come into the Ōtara Campus Library and browse the shelves:

306.483 Social issues in sport
612 Anatomy & physiology
613.2 Nutrition
617.1027 Sports medicine
790 Outdoor recreation
796 Sports


Find academic articles, written by researchers in Sports or associated fields.

Research from New Zealand tertiary institutes

Academic Journals


You may need to log in using your MIT email address and password. 
Once logged into ClickView, click on the "Libraries" tab at the top and choose "Sports and Recreation" or use the search box. Videos about sport include nutrition, exercise, coaching and psychology. There is also a series of videos on essential skills for soccor.

Sign into eTV using your MIT email address and password.


Local organisations

Searching library databases

Search using keywords (the main ideas) and use advanced search to join your keywords together using AND, OR, NOT.

Put phrases in speech marks eg. "social work" "human development"

Use * to search for variations of words eg. develop* will search for develop, develops, developed, developing, development, developments etc

Use a useful book or article to find further information

Go back in time:

If you find a book or article that is useful for your research, have a look at the reference list and see if there are any sources there that could also be relevant. Search for the title on Search Rapua or Google. 

Go forwards in time:

If you find a book or article that is useful for your research, try searching for the title on Google Scholar and using the "cited by" button to find other authors, who have used it in their own research.

Can't access a relevant book or article?

If we don't have access to a book or article that you think would be relevant to your research, we can try and get it from another library. See our interlibrary loan page for more information and a form you can fill out. Or email Antonia: