Journals and Indexes

Journals & Indexes

The indexing services listed below will help you find journal articles and published research in recreation, parks, sport, active living and related disciplines. Most large public libraries also offer online indexes to library members.

Read the latest Newsletter from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Check out back issues of the Journal of Leisurability and Parks and Recreation Canada


International Center for Research and Study on Tourism. Coverage of leisure and recreation is quite extensive and not limited solely to tourism. There is no online access to the database but researchers are invited to send their selection of keyword(s) to CIRET and request a listing of search results. There is no charge for the service.

Google Scholar

Includes many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.


Indexes over one thousand academic journals in a broad range of disciplines. Although the major recreation and parks journals are not indexed, there are many applicable citations from the land use planning, geographic and sociological disciplines.


This is a comprehensive index of medical and biological publications - useful to health promotion professionals.

Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)

SIRC specializes in published sport information and the library, which is searchable online contains 6.5 million pages. There is a modest membership fee which provides access to search the collection and obtain copies of resources.


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