Health, Fitness & Sport 224

Sport Law

Professor Julie Aylsworth
Doug Lehman
Wittenberg University
Spring 2016

I. Finding Books

EZRA– Wittenberg’s library catalog

OhioLINK – Ohio academic libraries catalog

WorldCat – used for materials not found in the above catalogs

Selected Reference Books

West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 13 volumes
REFERENCE KF 154 .W47 2005

Black's Law Dictionary.
REFERENCE KF 156 .B53 1999

II. Databases

Lexis-Nexis Academic - Find legal news and reviews, case law, codes and regulations, and more. Use the middle box below the main search box to Look up a Legal Case. Or narrow your search using the Search By Content Type menu above the main search box.

Legal Collection - Search for law journal articles.

SPORTDiscus - Find background information on your topic.

Or, look at the list of All Databases

III. Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

When conducting research it is critical to know the difference between scholarly and popular articles. Depending on the class and the research topic faculty may not accept popular articles as a basis for your research. Be sure to talk with your professor if you have any questions about the articles you wish to use. The Library has a web page which can provide assistance to you in making the distinction between scholarly and popular articles.

IV. Web Sites

The United States Code - general and permanent laws of the United States, codified by subject matter. Use this site to look up the primary federal law related to your paper.

FindLaw US Supreme Court Center - Here you will find biographies of justices, court rules, recent decisions, the court docket, and more.

Legal Information Institute
at the Cornell University Law School - LII includes state and federal legal materials, including constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions and regulations; it also has an online legal dictionary, Wex. Use this site to look up the primary state or federal law.

V. Documenting Your Sources

APA 6th Edition

Citing legal sources
- 9 posts on the APA Style Blog cover how to cite various legal documents including cases and U.S. code

How to create the section symbol (ยง) in Word

Or - meet with a Writing Center consultant!

VI. Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

As a student at Wittenberg you have access to a large number of resources, but sometimes the article you want is not available here or via full-text online or the book or video you want is not available here or in Ohiolink. When that happens you need to use our inter-library loan service. By using ILL you can request a copy of an article or a book or video from another library. Most journal articles may not be requested through Ohiolink so you will need to request them on the Thomas Library periodicals ILL form. Check with a Reference Librarian to see if the article you need is available through Ohiolink. Books and videos should be requested on the Thomas Library book ILL form. Items will be delivered at the Circulation desk where you can pick them up and use them. Remember, it can take a few weeks for ILL to be delivered so plan ahead.

VII. Audio-Visual Resources

You may also find audio-visual resources which may be of use to you. These may be videotapes, DVDs, or audio recordings. These are housed in the Circulation Department of the Library and may have special rules about their usage.

VIII. Personal Research Consultation (PeRC)

These are one hour (more or less) appointments with a librarian to discuss your topic and how to proceed with your research. You may schedule them by e-mail, phone or in-person at the reference desk. Doug Lehman is the liaison librarian for the HFS Department. The Reference Desk telephone number is 327-7511.

Return to Thomas Library Web Page

Web page by Doug Lehman, Wittenberg University; based on a web page by Kristen Gibson Peters.
phone: 327-7016
February 29, 2016