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Physical Education (PK-12)

Research guide providing resources and information about physical education for PK-12.

Finding Articles

The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.


Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: "physical education" AND research

Other terms for physical education could be PE, "physical activity," or gym.
Combining different terms gives you different terms.


Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: "physical education"

  • Solution: Add another concept to your topic which will narrow your search and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: "physical education" AND "middle school"

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: "physical education" AND "middle school" AND research

[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your search string.
    EXAMPLE: "physical education" AND "middle school" AND research

Keyword & Subject Suggestions

  • Physical Education
    • Sports & Fitness
    • Exercise
    • Physical Fitness
    • Health
  • Middle School
    • Junior High
    • Secondary School
    • Public School
    • Education

Journal Suggestions