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This guide contains descriptions of and links to resources for students completing assignments and doing research in Human Kinetics.

Start Your Research Early!

It is important to start planning your research and gathering sources early so that you have time to read them and integrate them into your paper with proper citation.

To help you stay organized, you might want to divide a big project into smaller steps and set deadlines for when you will finish them.

Try out this assignment calculator from SFU to get started!

Further Reading About Research...

Research Tips

  • Only use words that add value to the search (don't type in full phrases or questions that include words like "are" or "the") 
  • “Truncating” words can help expand search results. Place an asterisk at the end of the root of the word:  sociali* will find socialize + socialization + socialized 
  • Multi-word concepts, such as “physical therapy”, need quotation marks to search the words as one phrase 
  • You can use three words called Boolean Operators to improve your search: AND, OR, NOT 

Brainstorming for Keywords of a Research Topic

First, write down the research topic and identify the key terms in the statement or question:

Is there equal access to sport participation in Canada?

Then, brainstorm similar keywords or phrases that can be used in a search engine:

"sport participation" "equal access" Canad*
sport cost  
"physical activit*" affordab*  

Try searching with different combinations of these keywords in the library search engine or article databases.


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