How to Use: The Human Kinetics Library

Your Homepage

The navigation on the top of the homepage provides a variety of options to access content on the site, including Explore By and Browse Content functions.

The basic search bar appears below the main navigation for quick and easy searching across the site.

Below the search bar is an image banner with a link to learn more about the platform, followed by a short description about the Human Kinetics Library. Below the description, the tiles on the left offer different ways of exploring the platform whilst the Topic in Focus on the right leads to a page of the Human Kinetic Library’s featured content items.

At the bottom of the page, there is a slider displaying recently added titles – click on a title to read more.


To search, type your search term into the search bar at the top of each page. Clicking the magnifying glass button or pressing return will take you to the results page.

The search page lists results in the order of most relevance. It can be reordered by title or date, ascending or descending. The standard results page shows 10 results, but can be adjusted to 5 or 20 results. The search results will show the chapter, author, and ebook title, with a preview snippet of text that includes the search term with the search term appearing in bold.

Search results can be refined using the left-hand column by Content Type, Sport/Activity, and Topic.

Navigate to the desired results by clicking on the chapter title at the top of each result.

Advanced Search

To the right of the search bar, click on the Advanced Search button.

Enter your search term in the search bar with the option to refine by Title, Author/Editor/Creator, Summary/Abstract, Category, or Identifier. Enter additional search terms using “Add Field” with search functions of “AND,” “OR,” and “NOT” and the same options listed above.

Further refine results by Date Range by Year and Content Type, including Ebook and Video.

Use the same search results functions on the search page to refine results further and access results.

Ebook pages

Selecting Ebooks from the Browse Content dropdown menu, navigates to a list from which specific ebooks can be selected. Ebook pages show the book title, author, copyright information, DOI, ISBN, edition, place of publication, and online publication date in the left-hand column. The book cover is displayed in the right-hand column.

The copyright information is followed by a search bar allowing for searching within the book. There is also a table of contents with links to jump to specific sections and chapters of the ebook. The pagination in the table of contents matches the print edition.

Chapter pages

The left-hand column of the chapter page displays the book cover, author, copyright year and imprint, and the search within this book function, followed by Subject information and extensive Related Content links.

The main right-hand column shows the chapter title, DOI and page range of the chapter, followed by a linked table of contents for easy movement to other chapters within the book, following by the full text of the chapter. Hovering over the chapter text will show the corresponding page numbers at the appropriate breaks to match print editions of books.

Search within ebooks

Using the “Search book” function from the book or chapter page will bring up all references to the search term within each chapter of the ebook.

Explore By

Explore By in the top navigation menu provides options to access the content by Sport/Activity or Topic.

Clicking on any option leads to an alphabetical list for browsing. The numbers in brackets next to each term show the amount of content aggregated under each term. Clicking on any term will lead to a results page for all the content on the site that has been tagged with the term.

The results page offers further filter options in the left hand column.


Browse Content offers options to browse ebooks and videos.

Browse Ebooks brings up a page listing all of the ebooks on the platform in alphabetical order by title, showing the cover, title, author, and a description of the book.

Browse Videos brings up a page listing all of the videos on the platform in alphabetical order by title, showing a thumbnail, title, and author.

Related Content

On each content page, including ebook chapters, the left-hand column of the page shows subject information, including Content Type, and Topic. All content on the site is tagged using these terms, and clicking on any of the listed links will lead to all content tagged with that term.

Below Subjects in the left-hand column is Related Content. All content on Human Kinetics Library is indexed according to a powerful taxonomy. The taxonomy informs the links that appear in this section, displaying content that is similar in nature to allow users to discover new and related content organically while using the platform.

Personal Accounts, Saving, and Folders

Create a personal account using the sign up function to save content and searches in folders. Create an account by clicking “Log in” In the top right-hand corner of the site above “Librarians.” At the bottom of the pop-up window, click “Sign up now.”

After signing up or logging in to your personal account, you can save searches and content to folders. To save a search, click the “Save this Search” button from any search results page, which appears on the right side of the page above the search results and below the static search bar.

To save content, locate the “Save” icon in the top right-hand corner of any page of the content (directly under “Advanced Search”) that you wish to save. Clicking on ‘Save’ will enable you to save the URL of the relevant page into a folder. You can create multiple folders and save different content into each.

Access folders from “My Content” under the welcome message in the top right corner of the site.


APA, MLA, and Chicago citations are available for all content on the platform. Click the “Citation” button next to the Save and Print links. This will bring up a pop-up window with citation information that you can copy to clipboard or export as a RIS file.

Social Sharing

Clicking the “Share” button on any content page will bring up a form with options to share content via email, Google plus, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, with options to personalize the message before posting or emailing.


To access the librarians’ section of the Human Kinetics Library, select “For Librarians” in the top navigation bar. This section provides useful information on the Benefits for Subscribing Institutions, MARC Records, Promotional Materials for the platform, as well as Help and Contact Us information.