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Why Use Reference Sources?
Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. They are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:
- Offer ideas for possible research topics
- Give you background information on your topic
- Define unfamiliar terms
- Suggest keywords to use when searching for books and articles
- Point you to books and articles on your topic, via "works cited" lists
Selected Subject Headings
Search the library catalog or Worldcat to locate books in Geisel Library.
Listed below are a few subject headings that would be of interest to those performing sports studies research.
Great Places to Get Started
A Dictionary of Sports Studies
Call Number: ONLINE in Oxford
Contains authoritative entries on the social, political, economical, and cultural theory of sport, as well as entries relating to exercise, preparation, and performance psychology, and key scientific terms, including nutrition and anatomy. It also features biographies of key sportspeople, information on international organizations and institutions, and detailed appendices.
International encyclopedia of women and sports
Call Number: REF GV709 .I58 2001
Covers the world of women in international sports and provides articles on all aspects of the history and the current state of women's sports. Included are more than 230 biographies, 170 individual and group sports, and 75 country profiles, plus examinations of cultural, societal, health, and ethical issues.
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