Answered By: Library Staff
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016     Views: 216

1.  Look in the Library Catalog for books on the history of the sport.  Start with a keyword search with the name of the sport and the word stem histor**

  • baseball hist**
  • golf hist**

screeh shot of a keyword search in the library catalog

You can also modify the search by adding a more specific term:

If you find a relevant book, check its bibliography for more sources.

screen shot of the library catalog

2.  Look for articles in the LA 84 Foundation website.  These are free back issues of sports history journals.  Below is a listing of them and their peer reviewed status.


  • ASSH Bulletin (1985-2004) (Not Peer Reviewed )
  • College Football Historical Society Newsletter (1987-2006) (Peer Reviewed Status Unknown)
  • Football Studies (1998-2004) (Peer Reviewed)
  • International Sports Studies (1999-2000) (Peer Reviewed )
  • Iron Game History (1990-2005) (Peer Reviewed)
  • Journal of Olympic History (1992-2004)  (Peer Reviewed Status Unknown)
  • Journal of Sport History (1974-2003) (Peer Reviewed)
  • NASSH Proceedings (1973-2003) (Peer Reviewed Status Unknown)
  • Olympika (1992-2006)  (Peer Reviewed)
  • Sport in History (Peer Reviewed)
  • Sporting Traditions (1984-2004)  (Peer Reviewed)


  • American Golfer (1908-1935) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Baseball Magazine (1908-1920) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Golf Illustrated & Outdoor America (1914-1928) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Olympic Review (1901-2003) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Révue Olympique (1894-2001) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Outing (1883-1915) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Soccer America (2000-2003) (Not Peer Reviewed)
  • Sporting Life (1896-1898, 1904-1909, 1911-1914, 1917) (Not Peer Reviewed)

There are a lot of other specialized sports history publications avaialble.  Scroll down the LA 84 search page to see a listing of them.

3.  Look in the databases used for history research.  You may have to look in all of them, as some sports histories are not well documented.

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