Sport sciences: more information

International sport databases: SporDiscus and SPOLIT:


SportDiscus with Full Text (EBSCO)

Spolit (Open Access)

Available in the University network yes; remote access freely available
Main document types
  • journal articles, books, book articles, conference proceedings
  • academic, professional, basic
  • journal articles, books, book articles
  • academic, professional
Since 1970- (books 1800-) 1970-
Geographical coveridge international German speaking countries; international

Peer Reviewed

yes; important to use! no
Thesaurus Sport Thesaurus German index
Full texts

of over 670 journals,
links to e-journals of the library

links to open access publications
Help EBSCO help, EBSCO Tutorials Searching Spolit, Hilfe zur Suche

Searching the Spolit Database

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Basic search:

You have the possibility to search in three databases: SPOLIT (literature), SPOFOR (research) and SPOMEDIA (media). If you don’t need all three of them, you can deactivate one or two.

  • All of the search fields are linked with “and”.
  • You can truncate using the symbols % or *.
  • If you want to use more than one keyword, you have to separate the keywords using a semicolon.
  • This database offers the possibility to do an alternative spelling search. To use it, you have to activate Fehlertolerante Suche.

You can either search the individual fields Person (Name, Vorname) (person (last name, first name)), Titel (title), Inhalt/Abstract (contents/abstract), Schlagwörter (descriptors), Jahr von…bis (4-stellig) (year from…to (4-digit)) and choose a language, Sprache, or you can combine different search terms in the first line, in allen unteren Feldern, which will enable to you to search all the fields mentioned above.

For every search field you can choose und (and), if you want the result to include all the search terms within the field or oder (or), if you want it to include only one of the terms.

If you want to do a descriptor-search, you can find the most important ones by clicking on the small icon behind the search field. Please note that the descriptors are in German only.

Example of a basic search:

If you search documents about ”Volleyball in Finland”, type ”volleyball;finland” in the field in allen unteren Feldern. Next to the field you have to activate und. Then press suchen or the enter-key.

If you want to go back to your search and change some terms, choose zur Suchanfrage. To export all results, click alle exportieren. If you want to export selected results only, you can use Auswahl exportieren.

You can print, mail or save your result in a new window (PDF-file).

Advanced search:

By clicking on Zur Profisuche in the lefthand menu, you will find possibilities to do an advanced search. Within “Literatur gesamt” (> SPOLIT), you can limit your search to “Monographien” (monographs), “Sammelwerksbeiträge” (compilation contributions) or “Zeitschriftenaufsätze” (journal articles).

You can either use the individual search fields or the field Freitextsuche, which will search the fields title, person, abstract and descriptors.

You can find the Advanced Search for SPOFOR by clicking on “Forschung” and the one for SPOMEDIA by clicking on “Medien”.

International cooperation

The Library of the Open Science Centre works in cooperation with Nordic libraries and international sport information centers: NORSIB (Nordisk samarbeidskomité for Idrettsbibliotek) is a Cooperative Body for Sport Information in the Nordic Countries.

The most important national cooperators in the field are: