SportDISCUS and Web of Science are the best two databases to search when looking for research articles in sport management. Sports Market Analytics and SportBusiness International are more specialized databases that offer statistics, up-to-date information, and trade articles in the field. As sport administration is a cross-disciplinary field, additional databases are listed below. To browse all UNC Libraries databases, see Databases A-Z.
4 Best Starting Places for Sport and Sport Administration Topics
And, if you’re thinking, “Wait, what about Google Scholar?” I’ll answer you by saying that Google Scholar is a fine tool for what it is. But if you are using Google Scholar to find literature on your topic, you need to take some extra steps. For instance, library databases allow you to limit your results to peer-review journals – or only index peer reviewed journals (e.g., PubMed). Many databases include limits that Google Scholar does not have; to name two really useful limiters: type of article (qualitative, quantitative, systematic review, etc.) and age group (6-12, 13-18, 19-44, etc.). If you do find articles through Google Scholar, use UlrichsWeb to determine if the articles were published in peer reviewed journals.