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Finding Books on Boxing

We have both print books and ebooks listed in our library catalog. Here are two good ways to search for them:

Keyword. Looking for a specific person/place/thing? Do a keyword search for your topic with the name or phrase in quotes. This will find you any item in the catalog that has that phrase in its description. Capitalization doesn’t matter but make sure you spell the name right. And look for synonyms and alternate phrases to describe what you’re looking for:

  • “Muhammad Ali”, “Cassius Clay”
  • “Madison Square Garden”
  • “Iron Mike”

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Subject Headings. Do a subject search for your boxer: last name, first name. This will find any item that has been assigned their name as a subject heading - meaning that the item is primarily about them.

See these pages for more help on finding books.

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Just Want to Browse?

Many of our boxing books are together on the shelves under the call number GV1120–30s.

GV 1120-30 Call Numbers

Keep in mind that your individual topics may take you to other sections. Fight Pictures, a book about boxing movies, is on the shelves at PN 1995.9.B69 S77 2008.

Online Books

Books on the History of Boxing
This list from the Online Books Page takes you to the full text of books in the public domain (roughly from before 1923)that have been put online.

If your topic includes the late 19th or early 20th century, take a look at these titles.

Reference Books

Reference books can help you understand the context of your topic and give you ideas for further research.

Reference Books

Armstrong, R. B., Armstrong, M. W., & Armstrong, R. B. (2001). Encyclopedia of film themes, settings and series. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co.

Human Kinetics (Organization), & Hanlon, T. W. (2009). The sports rules book. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Jackson, K. T., & New-York Historical Society. (1995). The encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press.

Zumerchik, J. (1997). Encyclopedia of sports science. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA.

Credo Reference searches a large collection of encyclopedias and reference books on a variety of topics.

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Biography in Context Find biographical information and related articles.

Finding Articles

Newspapers and Popular Magazines

New York Times (1851-2008)
Search the full text of the New York Times going back over 150 years.

Sports Illustrated (1992 - current)
Search just in Sports Illustrated back to 1992.

Lexis Nexis
Search either their newspapers or magazines under “document type” to find news coverage dating back in some cases to the 1980s.

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Scholarly Journals
Covers academic journals covering history, film, culture and more.

Academic Search Premier
Broad collection of scholarly journals as well as mainstream magazines.

You can also see a complete list of all our databases broken down by subject

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

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