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KIN 2290 Contemporary Issues in Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Recommended resources for Professor Killick's KIN 2290 class.

Introduction

Welcome to this research guide! If you are off-campus, many of the resources featured here require that you login with your BroncoName and BroncoPassword.

Information comes from many sources!

The Information Cycle

Credit: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and San Antonio College Library

Determining Relevant Sources

CRAAP Test

Evaluate for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose

  1. Currency refers to the timeliness of the information. When was it published? Is it out-of-date for the topic?
  2. Relevance refers to the appropriateness of the information for your needs. Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too basic or advanced)?
  3. Authority refers to the source of the information. Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? Is the author  qualified to write on the topic?
  4. Accuracy refers to the reliability of the informational content. Can you verify the information in another source? Does the language or tone seem biased or is it free of emotion?
  5. Purpose refers to the reason the information exists. What is the purpose of the information? To inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Find Credible and Compelling Evidence

Background Information from Library Reference Sources


Books and Articles from the Library:


Finding CPP Campus Data

Search the Open Web effectively

Google logo by Ruth Kedar
Logo by R. Kedar (1999)


Search the open Web more effectively with the links and tips below. Keep in mind that many online sources are plagiarized or of questionable quality.  When using online sources, ask yourself the following questions:

Who is the author? -- What are her/his credentials? -- What possible biases exist? -- When was this source published?


Communicate Your Research - Writing & Citing Help

Writing help:

  • The Academic Phrase Bank provides "examples of some of the phraseological 'nuts and bolts' of writing." Web site created by John Morley at the U of Manchester. http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

Citing help: Why cite your sources?

  • Give credit to the creators of the information you used in your papers, presentations, and projects
  • Add credibility to your argument or assertions
  • Avoid committing plagiarism
  • Share the sources you found with other researchers

For more information about avoiding plagiarism, visit CPP's Student Conduct and Integrity website.


Which citation style should you use?

  • Check with your instructor to be sure. Your professor may have provided guidelines and examples for the class to follow, so be sure to consult those materials.
  • If your professor allows you to choose a standard citation style to follow, aim for consistency when following it.

Citation tools can make life easier!

Gather many references with a reference manager such as Zotero or EndNote. A reference manager can quickly create a bibliography for you, and you can choose from a variety of citation styles. Or create one or a few quick citations with these tools:

Citation tools and reference management tools are a big help. But beware: You should review the citations for accuracy and correct formatting. Ultimately, you are responsible for the citations that you submit for an assignment, not the citation tool.


See examples and guidance from Purdue OWL

APA and MLA are two commonly-used standard citation styles, but check with your professor before using either.

For using APA style:

For using MLA style: