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Quoting from the assignment description distributed by Dr. Davidson:
Students must write a research (8-10 page) paper that offers an answer to one of the course’s core questions. (Note: the paper is NOT a “how to” guide or a list of “pros and cons.”) Most students will benefit from focusing their paper on a specific endurance sport (e.g., ultra running).
See the assignment description for more details, including components of the paper, expectations for layout and formatting, and deadlines.
Learn the basics of a topic by reading background information (overviews and summaries). Wikipedia is useful for this. You can also use encyclopedias in the Reference section of Simpson Library. I recommend the Encyclopedia of Sports Science:
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I recommend that you follow these steps to complete your research assignment:
Step 1: Reread the assignment description
Step 2: Find a topic
Step 3: Find background information (overviews) about your topic
Step 4: Find sources
Step 5: Read!
Step 6: Write your paper and cite your sources
Advice and recommendations for FSEMs in general, and for research into sports, biology, or sociology.
The Citing Resources guide gives you examples of perfectly-formatted citations. Zotero is a free app that keeps track of the sources you've found, and generates citations without any typing.
Use Quest to search the library's physical collection and the contents of most of the library's electronic databases.