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Writing 120B: Bodies in Motion

Why is gathering background research important?

It's important to familiarize yourself with a topic before you begin doing more specific and extensive research. 

Background research will help you:

  • Narrow your topic and focus your research question
  • Find historical information, trends, agreements and disagreements, related to the topic, and uncovers gaps in your knowledge
  • Learn the context of a topic -- the who, what, when, where, why, and how 
  • Uncover keywords you can use to do more extensive research
  • Find additional sources on your topic

Suggested Reference Books

Encyclopedia of International Sports Studies

Call Number: GV567 .E486 2006 (Reference Room)

World Sports : A Reference Handbook

Call Number: GV706.8 .H36 2012


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Call Number: GV567 .B48 2005 (Reference Room)

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