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Listed in the following guide are core leisure services information resources. To find information resources on specialized topics, click on the specific subjects (Nonprofit /Youth Development, Therapeutic Recreation, or Tourism):

Table of Contents:


Guides

Recreation and Leisure Services - (Subject Guide)
Education - (Subject Guide)

Where to Find It
Advice from Your Library
Journal or Magazine? Recognizing the DifferencesPDF document icon
PowerPoint Tutorials (Help on searching Education Full Text, ERIC, Academic OneFile/InfoTrac, Ingenta/formerly Uncover and SilverPlatter Printing)
Animated Tutorials (Help on searching UNISTAR, Academic OneFile/InfoTrac, & Lexis/Nexis)

APA Style to Cite Documents
APA for Electronic References
 

UNISTAR (Use to find books) -- How Do I Find Books?

Search UNISTAR
UNISTAR Guide

Use UNISTAR, the Rod Library's online catalog  to identify and locate books and other resources about leisure, youth and human services owned by the Rod Library.  UNISTAR may be found under the Books & More tab on the Rod Library home page.  Rod Library uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings which group items by subject. Therefore, if you find one book on your topic there will be other books on the same topic located nearby on the shelves.  A wide range of subject headings will lead to information about leisure, youth and human services. Some examples are:

Adventure games
Camping
Hobbies
Leisure
Leisure Industry
Mountaineering
National parks and reserves
Outdoor education
Outdoor recreation
Orienteerin

Play
Recreation
Recreation areas
Recreation centers
Recreation leadership
Recreation surveys
Trails
Vacations
Wilderness areas

Databases - (Use to find articles)-- How Do I Find Articles?

Search Databases for Articles via Rod Library PantherProwler
Off-Campus Access Instructions

Information concerning topics in leisure, youth and human services can be found in a number of scholarly and popular journals and magazines. The following Rod Library databases are most useful in finding journal articles in this area.  Select the desired index or abstract title from the Databases A-Z listing under Articles tab on the Rod Library home page. Many Rod Library  electronic databases contain complete articles.   The “ * ” symbol located next to the database name in the list below designates that the database contains at least some full text articles.

SPORT Discus
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Indexes articles from 1975 to the present in sports, physical fitness, sport science & recreation.  The database includes ATLANTES, Catalogue du Musee Olympique, and HERACLES. This is not a full text database. There may be a few full articles that are linked to in the database, in these cases look for a FTXT field and click on the link.  If there is no FTXT link, then click on the yellow "Find it" button located at the bottom of each record to determine if Rod Library has access to the article in electronic format, in print format, or if Rod Library has no access to the article.

Academic OneFile *  
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Academic OneFile is from the service provider InfoTrac. The database covers a wide range of subjects, including recreation and leisure services.  Many articles are available full text within the database. If the full text of the article is not in the the database, click on the yellow "Find it" button to determine if Rod Library has access to the article in electronic format, in print format, or if Rod Library has no access to the article.

Education Full Text*  (PowerPoint Tutorial)
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.  
Indexes journal articles and documents in education from 1983 to the present.  Many full text articles are available online.

ERIC  (Flash Tutorial) (PowerPoint Tutorial)
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Indexes journal articles and documents in education from 1966 to the present.  An alternate free access point for ERIC is from the U.S. Department of Education (http://www.eric.ed.gov/).  Full text of recent ERIC Documents (ED items) are available. None of the ERIC Journal Articles (EJ items) are full text in ERIC but many of the articles can be found full text in the Education Full Text database. Click on the  yellow "Find it" button located at the bottom of each record to determine if Rod Library has access to the article in electronic format, in print format, or if Rod Library has no access to the article.

Ingenta ConnectComplete
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Serves as a major indexing/abstracting tool for students and staff, as well as providing a link to all full-text electronic titles registered with Catchword, ScienceDirect, and the Emerald Library.

National Recreation Database (Leisure Information Network - Canada)

PsycINFO
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Indexes the psychological literature from 1887 to the present.  For the most part this is not a full text database. There may be a few full articles that are linked to in the database, in these cases look for a FTXT field and click on the link. Click on the yellow "Find it" button located at the bottom of each record to determine if Rod Library has access to the article in electronic format, in print format, or if Rod Library has no access to to the article.

ScienceDirect*
Rod Library Databases A-Z page.
Access to over 1100 full text electronic Elsevier journals in the sciences and social sciences through this service provider. You can search MEDLINE/PubMed through this database by checking the Abstract Databases box located in the Sources field on the search screen. If you search MEDLINE/PubMed through the ScienceDirect database, complete titles of journals are given in the article citations unlike when you search MEDLINE/PubMed through the National Library of Medicine at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ which only provides abbreviations for journal titles.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If the article you want is not available full text in a database, UNISTAR is the key for figuring out if UNI has access to the full text of an article in another database or in print. Many of the Library's databases have the yellow "Find it" button loaded into the database. You can click on the yellow "Find it" button where a search for the article is conducted determining if Rod Library has electronic access to the article in another database. If no electronic copies of the article are found, you can then click on the "Library Catalog (UNISTAR)" link to determine if Rod Library has access to the article in print format. If the link to the yellow "Find it" button does not work or if a database does not have the button, go directly into UNISTAR and conduct a title search for the journal name. Do not get confused and use the article title when searching UNISTAR. This will not work since UNISTAR dos not go to the article level. Search UNISTAR using the journal name. If Rod Library does not have access to the article, you can request it through Rod Library's Interlibrary Loan service.

Dissertations

Dissertations & Theses: A&I (Proquest)
Disserations & Theses @ University of Northern Iowa (Proquest)
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) 

News Articles

LexisNexis Academic
Newspaper Source
Wall Street Journal 

Statistics

LexisNexis Statistical Insight

Congressional Bills

LexisNexis Congressional

Legal Research: Laws & Statues

Lexis/Nexis Academic

Photographs

AP Images
 

E-Journals

Listed below are e-journals in the core area of recreation and leisure services that the Rod Library owns.  Some of the e-journals are accessed through a publisher's database and some are through an aggregator (third party vendor).  In some cases, you can browse the electronic journal as you would the print journal. In other cases, the link will take you into a database and automatically retrieve all articles from the journal. You can often click on the Search or the Advanced Search button and conduct a search for articles out of a particular journal on a specific topic. For journals found in the Business & Company Resource Center database, click on the Articles button, enter the journal name in the Limit by Journal Name box, and click on the Search button.

Rod Library has access to journals in a variety of formats. To identify whether or not the Rod Library has a journal in print or electronic format, conduct a Journal Title search in UNISTAR using the name of the journal.

Note #1:  For journals found in the Business & Company Resource Center database, the links listed above take you to the UNISTAR record for the database. Click on the Connect to via Gale Group link in the UNISTAR record to enter the database. Once in the Business & Company Resource Center database, click on the Articles button, enter the journal name in the Limit by Journal Name box, and click on the Search button.

Journal of Leisure Research (Academic OneFile)

 Leisure Sciences (InformaWorld)

Leisure Studies (Ingenta Select)

Leisure Week (See Note #1 - Business & Company Resource Center)

Schole: Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (Sagamore)

World Leisure Journal (World Leisure Association) 

 

Resources

In recent years, more information has been placed on the Internet.  Listed below are several representative Web sites in the core areas of leisure services.

Reference Desk Links - Rod Library Reference Links - over 100 electronic resources

American Camping Association - Includes ACA  accredited camp database

Leisure Information Network

National Register Information System

Recreation.gov: Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands
 

Associations & Organizations

Listed below are links to some associations & organizations related to the core areas of leisure services.

Academy of Leisure Sciences

AALR: American Association for Leisure and Recreation

AHS: American Hiking Society

ATRA: American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Iowa DNR: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

National Park Service: ParkNet

NRPA: National Recreation & Park Association

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Wilderness Education Association

World Leisure
 

Directories

Listed below are Internet directories related to the core areas of leisure services.

GORP: Great Outdoors Recreation Pages

Leisure Studies Web Page (Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies)
 

UNI Resources

Listed below are UNI resources related to leisure, youth, and human services.

Camp Adventure Youth Services

Institute for Youth Leaders

National Program for Playground Safety

School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services(College of Education)

 

Last updated: Sept. 28, 2010 Last Revised: May 2005 E. Neuhaus