This guide is for students at City of Oxford College on the Foundation degree in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation programme and the Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation BSc (Top-up).

Finding books online

There is an electronic reading list for your course. You can follow this link to go straight to the list or you can type FDSPORT into the Activate Learning Library Catalogue search bar. This is a live link to the library online catalogue which allows you to see where the items are and if they are available on the shelf or when they are due back if they are on loan.

You can also search the catalogue using filters, applying boolean operators and selecting preferred media types.
For example you can apply your search term to:
  • Title, Author, Location, Keyword, Subject, Publisher, Location or All fields using the search in filter. 
  • AND, OR , AND NOT to build your search by clicking + and selecting the appropriate operator. 
  • Media Type can be selected from the drop down box.

Results from this search will include any items that have fitness in the title or listed as a subject.

For more help using the catalogue you can watch this short clip from the using the libraries section on the website or ask a member of the team in the library for help.

Finding books on the shelves

You may want to browse the shelves. Books are organised by subject and given a shelfmark which consists of numbers and letters. Shelfmarks for books are displayed on the catalogue so you can locate the book, books nearby will be similar in subject so may also be useful. 

  • Books on Nutrition, Fitness and Sports Injuries can be found at 613 through to 617.
  • Books on Specific Sports, Sports Studies and Sports Coaching start at 796.


You can also place a reservation on a book if the item you want is on loan. You can do this by asking at the library helpdesk, or by yourself using the library catalogue. You will need to log into Heritage using your student ID number and your date of birth DDMMYYY and then click the Reserve button underneath the picture of the book you want. You will then be contacted by a member of library staff when the book becomes available.

You can also reserve items from any of the other Activate Learning Libraries in the same way. If the item you require is held at Reading or Banbury Library you can reserve it by logging into the catalogue and clicking Reserve on the detailed record for the item. The item will be transferred to the Oxford library and a member of the team will contact you when it is ready for collection. Alternatively speak to a member of the team at the issue desk and they will help you arrange for the item to to transferred.
If you only wish to view items available at the site where you attend college, you can do this using the advanced search options. 

Here the results will show you all items relating to fitness available at the City of Oxford College library.

Your Library Online account

Logging into your Heritage account allows you to view the items you have on loan and reserved. You can also renew items and view your loan history. Log in using your student ID number and your date of birth DDMMYYY

You can also view a short clip for help on how to log into your account.


eBooks are listed on the online catalogue and can be recognised by the [eBook] symbol next to the entry. To access an eBook look at the detailed entry for the item and click on the Read me… button. You can access eBooks offsite - the username and password are the same as your college network login details. Don’t forget, you can filter your search in the online catalogue to show only eBooks. Or click here to browse our eBook collection by category.
You can view a list of eBooks specifically recommended for your course by searching
FDSPORTEBOOKS on the Activate Learning Library Catalogue, or by following this link.

For more help, you can watch this short clip about accessing eBooks, or come and talk to one of our staff.

You also have access to
The Complete Sports Science Training Library, a collection of 91 eBooks, using your Oxford Brookes login. You can access other recommended eBooks provided by Oxford Brookes through the subject help page, you will need your Oxford Brookes login details to do this.

How to find journals and journal articles

The journals and magazines relating to Business available at City of Oxford College library are:
  • Co-Kinetic  
These can be found on the shelves with books of the same subject, and the most recent issue of each is in the periodicals section of the library.

Co-Kinetic encompasses two other publications, SportEx Medicine and SportEx Dynamics. You can access both of these online via Oxford Brookes.

The library offers a selection of broadsheet newspapers. We also have access to UK Newsstand which allows you to search a wide range of national and local news articles. These can be useful for looking at current developments in your field within a wider context. Articles from this will be available 30 days after the paper is published.

Further journals are also available in print and electronically through the Oxford Brookes library. You can access them by searching for 
e-journals by title,  you will need your Oxford Brookes login details. Some journals have an embargo, meaning that electronic access is delayed for a period of time, details are provided for individual titles. If you don’t know which journal would be most useful to you, can search the databases by topic (see next section).

Google Scholar is a customised search engine and tool specifically designed to help both students and academics find scholarly research, including articles, books and university theses.

Unlike a standard search engine it aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature. You can sort your results by year to find the newest research or click Cited by or Related articles to find similar work. This means it is easier to find the most relevant and reputable articles for your subject. It will also provide you with references ready to drop straight into your own work.

Using databases

Anatomy TV contains information on human anatomy and physiology, including: 3D images, interactive models, dissection slides, clinical case studies and more. You’ll need your college login details to access it.
You can access recommended databases provided by Oxford Brookes through the subject help page, you will need your Oxford Brookes login details to do this. Available databases include:
  • SPORT Discus
  • Comprehensive Physiology
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Routledge Online Studies on the Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Education Research Complete
  • PubMed
  • PsycINFO
  • Web of Science

Study skills and referencing

Good study skills allow you to get the most out of your time in college, work efficiently and achieve good grades on your course.

Referencing is vital to avoid plagiarism and to give credit to other author’s work and ideas you have used.

The libraries provide a reading list of books relating to study skills, which can be found either by searching for studyskills on the online catalogue or by following this link. Each library also has a dedicated study skills section where you can browse the shelves.

Oxford Brookes will provide you with access to cite them right online which provides guidance for referencing many different types of sources. You will need your Oxford Brookes log in details in order to access this.


Using other libraries

As an Activate Learning student you can use the libraries at Banbury College and Reading College if that is convenient for you.
You have access to Oxford Brookes resources, both physical and electronic. You will need your Oxford Brookes login details to access the electronic resources. There are links on our website in the Higher Education section that take you to Oxford Brookes library information, subject help and the catalogue. The Sports resources at Oxford Brookes can be found at the Headington and Harcourt Hill libraries.
You may also find useful information at your local public libraries, they are free to join and provide online reference material, some of which can be accessed at home.

For more information visit the Oxfordshire county libraries website.

Where to get help

You can contact the library team or access information using the following links:


Telephone     01865 551961


Twitter           @ActivateLibrary

Or come and see us in person during our opening hours.