Here is what you need to know about the library session assignment.
By the end of this class session you should be able to:
There are several things to consider when looking at a subject database: Scope, Access, Content, Authorship/Editorial Control, Indexing and Organization, and Reliability. Here is a table that compares Google, Google Scholar and generic subject databases (such as Sport Discus, PubMed/Medline.
There will be a handout in class that examines each of these features.
Step 1: Develop a research question. Be as specific as possible. Example: What are the effects of hydration on performance levels of female cross-country runners.
Step 2: Highlight key words within the body of the question. What are the effects of hydration on performance levels of female cross-country runners?
Step 3: Find a good overview of the topic when possible. This does not mean looking at journal articles. Background information may be found in textbooks or reference resources such as CREDO.
What are the key words for the following search:
EXAMPLE: What does the recent literature suggest regarding the correlation between concussion/brain damage in (American) football (not soccer) and cognition? What are common strategies for prevention of concussions?