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KINES 488: Mechanics of Locomotion

Welcome to the Penn State Berks KINES 488: Mechanics of Locomotion research guide!

Where to Search

Heron taking flight from marsh

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Search Tips

When searching for literature on the biomechanics of humans or animals, experiment with combining the following search terms in the databases:​

  • Name of animal / scientific name of animal (e.g. rattlesnake / Crotalus cerastes)
  • Taxonomic rank (e.g. Mammals)
  • Locomotion, or type of (e.g. running, swimming, flying, etc.)
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics / Biophysics

Example search:

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Get the Full Text

Once you find the citation, try the Get It!   button to see if Penn State has the electronic or print version of the article you need. If the electronic version is available, it will appear as the first link on the Get it! menu. If the article is not available electronically, click on The CAT link to automatically search our catalog and see if Penn State has a print copy. If no other copy is available, you use the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) link to request it from another library.  ILL will get a copy of the article for you, typically at no cost; articles usually arrive within a week, often in as few as 2-3 days. Watch your PSU email for notification and further instructions.