Hello! I'm Erin Weber, Information Literacy Librarian here at UTM. I've created this Course Guide to walk you through each stage of your research project for HHP 406. Refer back to this as a starting point, and feel free to contact me or chat with the library at any point.
Each page on this Guide corresponds to a component of your research project to suggest specific tools and strategies.
Check out these library resources to find background research:
Topic paragraph strategies:
It surprises some students to hear a librarian say this, but I love Wikipedia and Google for this stage in the project. They're great for a really broad overview and brainstorming. However, even if you start with these online tools, do not finish with them. It's generally much harder to evaluate and prove the reliability of Wikipedia and Google sources, and they don't allow you the same flexibility to truly drive your search.
Due Sunday, September 13 [25 points]
"Submit a paragraph outlining your topic of choice. When choosing your topic, keep in mind that you will need to use primary academic sources. Your topic must relate to both physical activity and psychology/sociology concepts.
The first sentence of your paragraph should be a specific purpose statement. Example purpose statements:
These purpose statements incorporate psychology/sociology and physical activity and are specific enough to inform someone exactly what the project is about. Make sure to avoid vague purpose statements such as…The purpose of this project is to examine psychosocial aspects of exercise.
The rest of the paragraph should provide a rationale about why the topic you have chosen is significant and important. In many instances, problems related to your purpose focus are used to create your rationale. For example, if your purpose was … The purpose of this project is to compare and contrast physical activity to other forms of treatment for depression and anxiety …then you may want to outline the problems associated with anxiety and depression such as the prevalence, burden of these diseases, side effects of drugs, etc."