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RSW 471: Research in Recreation, Sports, and Wellness: Web Resources

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great starting place for initial research.  Unlike a regular Google search, Google Scholar attempts to connect you with more "academic" content then information typically found on the web.  Because of this you will get links to abstracts of articles published by leading journals in the fields of Recreation, Sports, and Wellness.  

Website Evaluation

Most of the time when searching for information on Google Scholar you will be connected with the article record from the publishers website. Use the same evaluation criteria you use when reviewing an article from a library database to determine if articles from the web are peer-reviewed. See if you can easily identify the author, journal the article was published in, author credentials, etc.

Keep in mind when evaluating sources:

  • Currency
    Is the information timely, updated regularly, and appropriate for your information need (i.e. do you need current information for your research)?
  • Relevance
    Is the information relevant and useful for your information need?
  • Authority
    Can you find an easily identified author or sponsoring organization or publisher?
  • Accuracy
    Is the information correct and reliable?  Are you able to verify any of the facts being presented to ensure what you are looking at is truthful?
  • Purpose
    Why was the information written; why does it exist?  

For more information on web information evaluation see the detailed sheet from the Meriam Library at the California State University, Chico.

Accessing Articles from the Web