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Finding the stuff
A sports-specific database. Don't get freaked out that most of it isn't full-text. Just use the Find It button to request a copy and we'll email it to you in about 2 days.
A sociology specific database, it contains just the scholarly articles about sociology and criminal justice topics.
Want to find books or films about your topic? Check out the library catalog to see what's available.
A general catch-all database for all topics. A good place to start, but don't forget it has a lot of non-scholarly stuff in it.
JSTOR I - IX and the Life Sciences Collections provide full text access to core journals in the social sciences, the humanities, and the sciences as well as journals in biology, ecology, health, geography, law, mathematics, and statistics. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
Search for your subtopics NOT the terms in the center of your brainstorming page.
Use the sports words to search in the SocINDEX database and the sociology words to search in SPORTDiscus.
Check your spelling. Most of these search engines won't spell check for you
The more words you search for the fewer results you'll get. So if you don't have enough results, take a search term away...don't add more!
Create a list of keywords you've used that work, so when you search the next database you remember.
Here are a few links to help you out with your APA citations.
Library APA Citation Guide
An entire research guide to help you create APA citations and format your paper!
Sample APA paper
OWL at Purdue has a great sample paper to show you how to format a title page, margins, and a reference list!
How do you read a scholarly article?
Narrowing down your topic