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ENGL& 102: Sports in Contemporary Society, with Greg Van Belle: Looking for a Research Topic? Get Inspired!

Exploring topic ideas

News and magazine articles, reports, videos and audio programs are great places to discover ideas for your research topic.  Sometimes a headline or title can spark an interest in an issue or topic and become a starting point in your research process.  Use the resources listed below to explore issues and trends in sports.  The various resources listed below are not scholarly sources but they are from credible sources. 

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Explore sources for topic ideas

Need help with your research topic? Here are some suggestions:

► Search in Opposing Viewpoints in ContextUse the main article for each for an overview of the topic.

Also in Opposing Viewpoints, you can use the Browse Issues drop down menu to locate other issues related to sports. You can also use the search box in the upper right corner and search on a specific sport or athlete, such as 'basketball' or Serena Williams.

► Look at the chapter titles in a book. This ebook: Sports in American Life

► Skim the articles in the other box on this page for ideas and to identify issues.

► Check out the videos and podcasts on the Streaming Media page.

► Think about readings and discussions you are having in class.