This Week in Reference

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The wind off the lake is freezing, it gets dark at 4:00pm and you’re wearing three sweaters. Winter in Chicago is rough, but it can also be the best time of year to fall down the rabbit hole of all-consuming research. If you need a push in the right direction, we suggest chatting with a librarian, in person or online. We can’t do anything about Chicago’s cold winds or early sunset, but we can help find the best tools and strategies to take your research paper to the next level.

Here are some of the topics we helped with recently:

  • parental influences on career selection
  • education vs. experience for job seekers
  • the bat population in Chicago
  • Chicago Tribune archives
  • animation books
  • the qualifications of science writers
  • a neuroscientist’s education and career path
  • pinot noir
  • auto insurance consumer statistics
  • augmented reality and grocery shopping
  • pets and companion animals in Chicago

I am working on finding articles about the NCAA, and why student athletes should be paid. My topic is why the billion dollar college athletics industry should be compensating players. I’m interested in finding any type of info.

We can start with the Research Guide for Exercise Science, Sports & Recreation. If you click on the “databases” tab, you’ll see some databases listed that we recommend you use for this topic. Let’s try the first one, EBSCOhost, then select Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. Now we’re ready to search! Type in “college athlete” in the first search box, and “paid OR pay OR compensat*” in the second search box. Trial and error is key when searching a database, so be sure to try a few combinations of words and phrases for the best results.

Search Tips:
Adding an asterisk at the end of a search term tells the database to pull up variants of the word such as compensate, compensation, etc.

Use OR to connect two or more similar concepts, which broadens your article results. By using OR, you’re telling the database that any of these search terms can be present in the article results.


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