How to use ASHL
Use the Index on the left side of the page to access each sport’s contents. Sports with numerous print, online, or media citations have a separate listing in the Index on the left side of the page (e.g. Ice Hockey, Curling, Football & Rugby). For many sports a more comprehensive term is used, e.g. Aquatic Sports, Equine Sports, Snow Sports, Sliding Sports, in order to group similar sports together. When using the left side Index, a flyout will show the various sports listed within each comprehensive term. There are two other comprehensive terms which are used where the print, online, and media historical literature is limited. These sports are included under Individual Sports and Team Sports. After selecting each sport, information is organized under the subheadings found in a TOPIC MENU box on the right side of the page.
A search box is provided for users to find information by using exact key words, for example:
- Specific Sport (e.g. fastball, boxing, gymkhana, judo, bull riding....)
- Person as subject (e.g. Ken Read, Wayne Gretzky, Noel MacDonald, Tom Three Persons, Margaret Southern)
- Team or league, (Calgary Flames, Edmonton Trappers, Pioneer League, Crazy Canucks)
- Author of an article, book chapter or book, (e.g. Kirwin, Bill; MacEwan, Grant; Brennan, Brian)
- Community sport history (e.g. Beiseker, Gleichen, Edmonton, Calgary, Nanton, Olds...)
Using the Website Search Box
The search box that appears on all pages of the ALBERTA SPORTS HISTORY LIBRARY can be used to search for a:
- specific sport, e.g. baseball, or curling, judo, calf roping
- person as subject, e.g. Wayne Gretzky
- team, e.g. Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Flames
- author of an article, book chapter or book, e.g. Redmond, Gerald, or Gray, James
- community sport history, e.g High River, Lloydminister, Strathmore, Calgary, Edmonton
Another approach to information is to search by sport subjects. See the OUTLINE OF SPORT TOPICS, to find a particular sport.
Please note, however, that this is an ongoing project and not all sports played in Alberta have print, online or media resources. Additional sports will be added later.
How to Find Location of Sources Listed
Many of the print books and periodicals reside in Alberta’s university, college and public libraries. Consult the library catalogues of these libraries to find a publication.
- University of Alberta NEOS catalogue, http://catalogue.library.ualberta.ca/
- University of Calgary Library http://library.ucalgary.ca/
- University of Lethbridge Library, http://www.uleth.ca/lib/
- TAL Online (The Alberta Library – public libraries) http://www.talonline.ca
Online – Open Access
Alberta has a number of ongoing digitization projects that provide fulltext, open access to important historical materials. The main projects consulted include:
- Peel’s Prairie Provinces http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html
- Our Future Our Past http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/
Included also are Canada-wide fulltext, open access resources:
- Our Roots http://www.ourroots.ca/
- The Canadian Encyclopedia (online) http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/
Online – Limited Access
Other online limited access databases were consulted. Access is available to college/university staff/ students and public/special libraries that subscribe to the resource.
The larger Alberta public and academic libraries allow access to the following:
- Early Canadiana Online http://www1.canadiana.org/
- Canadian Electronic Library - (access via university/college library catalogues)
- Ebrary - (access via university/college library catalogues)
- Netlibrary - (access via university/college library catalogues)
- AB = Abstract (a summary or synopsis of a citation or resource)
- ASH = Alberta Sport History
- ASHL = Alberta Sports History Library
- ASHP = Alberta Sport History Project
- ASHFM = Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
- AHRF = Alberta Heritage Resources Foundation
- ASRPWF = Alberta Sports, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation
- PhD Dissertation = Doctor of philosophy: the highest college or university degree, or someone who has been awarded this. An original piece of research and a long written essay is a usual requirement.
- Scope Notes = explain the range, extent or meaning of topic in the Sports History Library
- Thesis = a written essay, resulting from original research on a particular subject, especially one that is done in one to two years after a Bachelor's degree at a college or university. Includes:
- MA = Master of Arts
- MEd =Master of Education