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Athletic Training: ATH 300

CASE STUDY

Purpose: This case study will prepare you to work through practical research and be able to produce scholarly evidence that will give you accurate information.

Terms:

Scaffold information - is the progressive building of information toward a stronger understanding of your topic. As you compile your research one article at a time you incrementally reach higher levels of comprehension. You then take each articles argument or support and use it to support the building of your own argument on the topic.

Critically evaluate - is your verdict as to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide range of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice.

Literature Reviews - discuss published material on a specific subject area and can be narrow to material within a specific time period. These reviews can enhance your research process by: giving you an overview of the topic, keep you up to date with what is current in the field, give you further material to investigate. The depth and breadth of a paper’s literature review emphasizes the credibility of the author(s) in their field.

Bibliographies - can be an aid as you search the literature of an academic field or discipline. When seeking further reading or material on a topic of research looking at an articles bibliography can be a great help. Further bibliographic resources are subject indexes, annotated bibliographies, or research guides. Looking at these materials can guide you back to original research and assist in the scaffolding process.


Use the Databases listed below on the left to search for and find the articles for your assignment. The remaining boxes hold useful information that can assist you with your research further in the semester.

Athletic Training Specific Databases

If you are off-campus you will need to log in to the databases using your UMary barcode and PIN. If you are having trouble accessing the databases please call the library for assistance.

Evidence-Based Practice

If you are off-campus you will need to log in to the databases using your UMary barcode and PIN. If you are having trouble accessing the databases please call the library for assistance.

Statistics

Statistics are an important part of your research. They provide an excellent place to start learning about and understanding a topic. Listed below are some resources you can use to support or argue your research.

Professional Organizations