HPEG 61400: Research Methods in Health and Physical Education

Defining Your Research Question

Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format or statement as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Try to find information on school-based obesity prevention in children who are overweight


Best Bets

SPORTDiscus with Full Text
This is a great tool for finding sports medicine, fitness, coaching and education articles.  
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
A full-text database of science and medical journals.
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
This is a great tool for finding education articles
Dissertations & Theses Global (ProQuest)
 Full-Text access to dissertations and theses. There are a lot of great systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the health sciences!
The premier pschology database with a lot of health and education research articles. 
Academic Search Premier
This multidisciplinary source indexes scholarly journals, popular magazines, and current events; there is something for everyone!


Search Strategies

1. obes* or overweight or BMI  
2. school* 
3. exercise or "physical activity" or fitness or "physical education"  [OR could try: fruit or diet or nutrition or junk food or vegetable*]

Medline, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, ERIC, Academic Search Premier 



Dissertations & Theses

Science Direct


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Search Argos


Locke, L.F., Silverman, S.J., & Spirduso, W.W. (2010).  Reading and understanding research (3rd ed.).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K., & Silverman, S.J. (2011).  Research methods in physical activity (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.  

Other References of Interest
Locke, L.F., Spirduso, W.W., & Silverman, S.J. (2007). Proposals that work: A guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Pyrczak, F., & Bruce, R.R. (1998). Writing empirical research reports:  A basic guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Pyrczak.

American Psychological Association. (2010).Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  

Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E.B. (1999). The elements of style (4 th ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.


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