Recreation and Leisure: Basic Recreation and Leisure Information

This is a basic library guide for students and faculty in the Recreation & Leisure Department and will help you with your assignments and research.

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Define Your Topic

Getting started can sometimes feel like the most difficult part of the research process. Help define your topic by asking a few simple questions:

  • What is my assignment?
    • Is it an opinion paper?
    • Is it an overview of a topic?
    • Is it a report or analysis?
  • Is my topic limited in any way by:
    • A specific time period?
    • Geographic location?
    • A segment of the population?
  • Would background information be helpful?
    • Encyclopedias help provide perspective on a topic or concept. Subject encyclopedias help define a topic,provide a timeline of events, identify people associated with the topic, and supply good keywords to use later when searching for books or articles.
  • What words or terms best describe my topic? Are there synonyms for these words?       

Determine the Type of Information Needed

1. What types of resources are required?

         Books

         Articles on a topic

         Articles from a specific journal

2.  How do I know if a publication is a scholarly journal or a popular  magazine?

Journal articles:

  • Are written by experts in the field
  • Are peer-reviewed
  • Include reports of original research, or in-depth analysis of issues related to the field
  • Use terminology and language specific to that field of study
  • Are written for other researchers in the field
  • Include bibliographies and extensive documentation

Magazine articles:

  • Are written by journalists and free-lance writers
  • Are not peer-reviewed
  • Cover current events, hot topics, popular culture
  • Use non-technical language
  • Are written for a broad and popular audience
  • Rarely cite any bibliographic sources

Recreation & Leisure Liaison/U.S. Gov't Docs

Shirley Cavanagh
Contact:
H.C. Buley Library

501 Crescent St.

New Haven, CT. 06515

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