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Writing 120L: Gender and Sports

The Research Process

Welcome to the Research Guide for Writing 120L

Use this guide as a starting point for doing research.  If you run into any questions or are struggling to find what you need, remember librarians are here to help.  You can use the LiveChat IM feature found on the lower right hand corner of any library web page or make an appointment with me using the link in my profile box to the left.

It is suggested that you consult resources in the following order:

Reference Sources - this is where the most general information is located and is a good place to get background on a particular topic.  Be sure to check the bibliography or suggestions for further reading at the end of the articles you read -- they often lead you to other places where your topic is being discussed.

Books - more specific than reference material and usually focusing on one topic.

Articles - focus on a particular aspect of a topic.  This is also where the newest information on a topic can be found.

  • Research takes time!
  • Research is reading.
  • Research is not necessarily linear.
  • In the early stages of research, keep an open mind!
  • Research builds on other research.
  • Research looks different in different disciplines.

Some places to start

Click on the tabs to the left in order to get started OR use these quick links:

Meet with a librarian or research tutor

If you have questions as you are doing your research, you can meet with me or a peer research tutor.

Meet with Me
Just click on the "Request research consultation" button in my profile to the left.  Select a date and time and then scroll down and fill out the form.


Meet with a peer research tutor
Use this link.  Pick a day and time, scroll down and fill out the form.