EXSS 16200: Introduction to Fitness and Exercise Science

Defining Your Research Question

  • Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format 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)

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

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.
A comprehensive journal index to over 4,600 biomedical journals, with links to some full-text.  This is the cadillac of all health and research databases.
Academic Search Premier
This multidisciplinary source indexes scholarly journals, popular magazines, and current events; there is something for everyone!

Find and Evaluating Websites

Google Advanced Search: A sophisticated way to search Google by limiting to a specific domain: .com, edu, gov
The Science Behind the News: A great news source for science, technology and math published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
MedlinePlus: Sports Fitness: A great place for consumer health information published by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
MyPyramid.gov: An updated version of the "food pyramid" that places emphasis on exercise along with a proper diet.

Evaluating Websites: Johns Hopkins Guide to Evaluating Internet Information
  • Authorship
  • Publishing body
  • Point of view or bias
  • Referral to other sources
  • Verifiability
  • Currency
  • How to distinguish propaganda, misinformation and disinformation
  • The mechanics of determining authorship, publishing body, and currency on the Internet

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