Welcome to SCSU and Buley Library! This page is for students participating in the Early College course Foundation of Sport Management. It includes a list of library resources and research tips to support your work in this course.
I am Hayley Battaglia, the librarian for Sport Management. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about doing research in this field or for help using the library! You can call, email, chat, or schedule a one on one appointment for help. My contact information and links to make an appointment with me are in the sidebar.
Your first step is to decide what the topic of your research will be and then to develop a strategy for working on the assignment. Is the topic interesting to you? Is it manageable? You may want to ask yourself whether there is a problem in your field that requires a solution or a question for which you'd like to find an answer.
Example: Exercise programs help stroke patients recover faster. True or False?
Think of keywords or terms that you would use to describe your topic. You might read several articles, newspapers, or encyclopedia entries, etc. to get an overview of your subject. Find a few articles on your topic and see what keywords are assigned. These are often listed beneath the abstract.
Example: Use the terms Stroke, exercise, progress, recovery In searching the databases. Found that the medical term for stroke was "Cerebrovascular Disease" and added the term "treatment programs" when searching for journal articles.
Read existing literature on your topic and reshape your focus as needed. Make sure that you are not proposing a topic that has already been extensively researched.
Decide what types of sources will help you. Are there particular journal titles that focus on this topic?
Keep track of all the resources that you use so that you can easily cite them later. Using a free citation manager like Zotero could help with this.
Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT are used to link together search terms in different ways. You can use Boolean operators to help you shape your search to get the results that you need. You can use Boolean operators in SouthernSearch, library databases, as well as Google and Google Scholar.
The image below illustrates how each operator might affect your search results, where the circle represents all possible results associated with your search word or phrase, and the shaded area represents how many available results will display based on the structure of your search string.
If your search word might turn up in articles in various forms, you might want to use a truncation symbol (*) so that your search results include all possible forms of a word. Just use an asterisk to replace the part of the word that varies. This will broaden your results.
Example: econ* would return results containing economy, economic, economical, etc.
If you need to search an exact phrase, as opposed to all of your keywords individually, include your phrase in quotation marks. Searching for an exact phrase will narrow your results.
The Search Strategy builder below was created by our librarians to help you create a search string using Boolean operators. Try it out! Enter terms related to your topic (using truncation or quotation marks if necessary), click to create your search strategy, then copy and paste the result into SouthernSearch or the search bar of your preferred database.
The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.
Now copy and paste the above Search String into Southern Search!
Once you begin to find search results that look relevant, you will want to make sure that they are the type of source most useful for your research. You may want to make sure that you are looking at a scholarly resource. Most of the resources you will find through the library website are scholarly, but you can always filter your results to "peer-reviewed" to make sure.