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Kinesiology & Health Education Research

Background Information

Encyclopedias, Handbooks and Guidebooks

Here are a few additional encyclopedias that aren't included in the database collections above...

Select books about research methods that aren't included in Sage Research Methods...

Why use background information?

Background information, from sources like encyclopedias, provides a general overview of a research topic. You'll learn important terms, concepts, events and theories, and you'll pinpoint key authors and studies.

This type of knowledge is especially helpful as you develop your research questions and gauge the scope of what you'll study. You'll also get a sense of the lingo and vocabulary you will need to develop good database searches and understand the literature you find.


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