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Bethel University Library

Athletic Training Research Guide

Resources for conducting research in the field of athletic training

What are common steps in the Research Process?

1.  Analyze your information need

  • Write a question or statement about your chosen topic
  • Identify key words and phrases that describe your topic
  • Determine:
    • The level of coverage and depth of the information needed
    • The type of information needed
    • How much information you need
    • The currency of the information needed
    • How soon you need the information
    • What disciplines or groups would be researching and writing about your topic

2.  Select the best type of information sources for your paper/project/presentation

  • Books (including eBooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)    
  • Articles from journals, magazines, or newspapers
  • Videos, audios
  • Websites

3.  Select the appropriate resources in which to search

  • Click on the Journal Articles and Books/Reference links to access resources in which to start your searching

People searching

4.  Conduct effective, efficient searches using "smart searching" techniques

5.  Determine the relevance and reliability of the information sources you located

6.  Develop a working bibliography/reference list 
     (RefWorks can help with this!)

7.  Physically locate the desired material 
     (Sometimes this may mean requesting from another library)

8.  Read and think critically about your sources

9.  Write/develop an effective research paper/project/presentation

  • Click on the Citation & Writing Help tab to locate tools that can help you with this

10.  Correctly cite the sources you used (e.g. using APA Style) 
       (RefWorks can help with this too!)

  • Click on the Citation & Writing Help tab to locate tools that can help you with this