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This is a basic library guide for students and faculty in the Recreation & Leisure Department and will help you with your assignments and research.
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Basic Recreation and Leisure Information Print Page


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Introduction to Commercial Recreation and Tourism - Crossley, John
Call Number: GV181.5 C755 2012
ISBN: 1571676775
Publication Date: 2012

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Starting A Restaurant Business Guide - Rick Wooten
Call Number: TX911.3 M27 W77 2011
ISBN: 1463735723
Publication Date: 2011-07-31

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Facility Management for Physical Activity and Sport - Thomas Sawyer; Sawyer; Thomas H. Sawyer (Editor)
Call Number: GV401 .F32 2009
ISBN: 9781571675767
Publication Date: 2009-01-01


Define Your Topic

Getting started can sometimes feel like the most difficult part of the research process. Help define your topic by asking 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?


         Articles on a topic

         Articles from a specific journal

2. If articles are needed, 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    Are not peer-reviewed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 sources

Recreation and Leisure Studies Liaison

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Shirley B. Cavanagh
Contact Info
H.C. Buley Library
501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT. 06515
Phone: (203)392-5768
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Reference Electronic Book Sources

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology - Allan Beaver
Call Number: SCSU Web Resource G155.A1 B38 2005eb
ISBN: 0851995829
Publication Date: 2002-08-01

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Food and Fitness - Michael Kent
Call Number: SCSU Web Resource RA784 .K397 2003eb
ISBN: 0198631472
Publication Date: 1997-09-25

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The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism - David B. Weaver
ISBN: 0851993680
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
The print copy is also available in Reference -
G156.5 E226 E53 2001


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