This guide will help you find information related to recreation, park, and tourism sciences. This page contains links to databases that will help you locate scholarly (journal) articles. Use the tabs above to locate books, encyclopedias, & theses and websites & other information sources.
If you need help, feel free to contact your agriculture and life sciences librarian.
Locating Scholarly Articles
Hospitality & Tourism Complete provides access to scholarly articles, books, magazines, and country and company reports related to hospitality, leisure, and tourism from around the globe.
CAB Abstracts offers a combination of scholarly articles, book chapters, and proceedings in a wide variety of natural resources-related disciplines. Includes research from international and U.S. sources from 1910 to the present.
The AGRICOLA database provides access to the collections of the U.S. National Agricultural Library. It includes materials in all formats going back to the 15th century, and includes content on U.S. parks and forests. Predominately a citation database (in that it does not include access to a large amount of full text content), AGRICOLA has a U.S. focus.
The PubMed database provides citations for literature in health, life, and behavioral sciences. It provides links to full text when available.
For journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, books, and government publications related to the environment, consider searching in Environmental Science and Pollution Management.
For company or non-profit information, try searching Hoover's Premium or Business Source Complete, which provides company-specific and industry information, as well as parent, subsidiary, branch, and competitor information and business profiles.
SportDiscus includes scholarly information on sports nutrition.
Tips for Finding The Right Information
Information skills are important for research. Applying these skills can be considered a multi-step process:
1. Identify what information is needed
2. Identify the appropriate source for this information (indexes to the literature can help)
3. Locate the specific articles or items and get your hands what you think you need
4. Evaluate the quality of the information
Library research skills will help you learn how to identify and locate materials, and subject knowledge will help you evaluate relevant materials. The Library provides materials not freely available on the web, such as peer reviewed research literature and selected citation databases only available through subscriptions.
- Use key words to find appropriate descriptors/identifiers or subject headings.
- Use descriptors/identifiers or subject headings for more precise searching.
- Use “and” to narrow a search (include both terms).
- Use “or” to broaden a search (include either term).
- Start with a broad concept and narrow it.
- Do not use sentences or phrases - use key words instead (one concept per key word).
Using Google Scholar to Find Articles
Go to Scholar Settings and select "Library Links." Enter "Texas A&M University" in the search box, select both "Texas A&M University - Full text@TAMU" and "Open WorldCat - Library Search," and save changes. This lets Google Scholar link its search results directly to the full text subscription if it is available (A&M log-in may be required).