Sporting some winning resources!

Fall is nearly here, and that means football! High school, college, pro – wherever your loyalties lie, Rice Library can help you locate some hard-hitting resources         showcasing the game on the gridiron.
Here are just a handful of sources about football available to you in the Rice Library “playbook” (aka online catalog):

The games that changed the game : the evolution of the NFL in seven Sundays by Ron Jaworski, Greg Cosell, and David Plaut – 2010

How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio – 2008

Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television, 1970-2005 by Wesley Hyatt – 2007

For the “armchair” researchers among you, Rice Library also has several electronic book titles, available to USI students, faculty, and staff with their MyUSI username and password. These books can be read right from your computer and in the comfort of your favorite comfy furniture (where you like to watch sports):

Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football by Lane Demas – 2010

The Man Who Built the National Football League by Joe F. Carr and Chris Willis

Scoreboard, Baby A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong – 2010

How about a DVD?

Brian’s Song – Columbia Pictures – 1971

Jerry Maguire – TriStar Pictures – 1997

Remember the Titans – Walt Disney Pictures/ Jerry Bruckheimer Films – 2000

Rudy – TriStar Pictures -2000

You may also wish to try out the Rice Library databases to delve deeper into the glorifying (and sometimes not so glorifying) aspects of the game. Search such topics as: the positive effect of participation in football on teamwork, strength conditioning, and sportsmanship; the generous philanthropy of professional athletes; the positive/negative aspects of free agency and collective bargaining; commercialization/exploitation of college football; football-related concussions and other injuries, etc. We suggest the following databases to collect resources on these and many other aspects of football, or to grab some basic, background information on your favorite sporting event:
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Academic Search Premier
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • Credo
  • CQ Researcher
  • Britannica Online
Team up with Rice Library to tackle all your football or sports-related topics.


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