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I am continuing to write even when I don't know what to write. I'm feeling good about being able to get this information down on paper, but for some reason I feel like I'm doing it all wrong, (which I hope is not the case). It's difficult for me because I'm doing an action research proposal which is not set up like your typical research proposal, so I'm finding it hard to be able to ask fellow classmates about my issues, or if I am doing something right because they aren't doing the same thing as me. I'm not sure how much I'll come to class with, but I hope it's enough to know if I'm heading in the right direction or not. I would ideally like to sit down with someone and have them take some time to go over this whole process with me. I'm a true beginner when it comes to research and understanding the basic process and terms to go about searching for research and writing about research, so some of probably the simplest of things still tend to not make much sense at times. I'm hoping that after Thursday I feel a little bit better about things. I am however happy that whomever had posted that they wished they would have filled out their concept map as they were reading their research shared that information on here. Because when I started going through my research I wasn't importing it into the concept map, but then remembered what they had said and started to do so. I believe that in and of itself saved me quite a bit of time. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Thanks!

Intro and progress

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I finally feel like I am making some sort of sense out of this project. I started with a huge random lit review but didn't feel like it all specifically pertained to my research question of athletes arrest rates. Now I actually feel that my lit review is not long enough. Well I had to move on and will maybe revisit that after Thursdays class. I am progressing on my methods section OK. One thing I can't get past is my introduction. The Creswell book says to avoid using a quote in the lead sentence but I seem to want to keep starting with one or two. I feel that it quickly creates a hook or interest in my research and is something that every person can relate to. So for now, I am going to keep it there and hope for some good feedback on whether it is appropriate or not. It will be nice to get some feedback to bring a fresh perspective to this.

Progress

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I feel like I have made pretty good progress on the paper so far. I am not quite sure how good my lit review is, but i wanted to take the perspective of getting something down on paper. I have ran through it a couple times to do some editing. I realized that since the rough draft is due thursday, i wanted to go the route of making sure i had a paper that was complete one way or another. Also, i have been finding the methods section to be much easier than the lit review, although i would attribute it ot the fact that one, it is easy to follow a step-by-step route from what we talked about in class than the lit review, since everyones is going to be so different. Also, the methods section is not really any citing from other works, its a lot more free-lance writing in terms of how you want your study to be conducted, and i had a good idea of how I wanted that to go. I am about 3/4ths of the way done with the methods section, which i am sort of stuck at how to code the responses from my interview, which is what i was stuck on when we discussed it in class as well. I just need to go back and read a little bit on how coding is done so that i can incorporate it into my section. The last thing i need to do after the methods section is done is complete the citations correctly. I just left bolded areas of notes i had made for each reference of where i wanted them to go, and now i need to go back and do the correct in-text citations as well as complete the references section to complete my rough draft. I like how I am progressing so far, however, i will find out more about the quality of my work im sure on thursday, or at least I hope so. I am hoping it isn't TOO rough as to make huge drastic changes. I am just glad that i have something down on paper, feeling much better than i was when trying to work through the lit review earlier. Let me know if you have any suggestions as to working on the coding in my paper. Thanks

Articles and Progress

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Reviewing the articles in class seemed to give me some direction into the methods section. Looking at the strengths and limitations of a other studies outside of what I am doing my literature review on gave me some perspective. My lit review is in a preliminary phase and feel like there is numberous gaps with the flow of it. I just need to piece it together and try to add more, even though there is about 30 articles and some are supplementary. I hope feedback will help me to peice together the fluidity of the proposal. However, I still feel like I am trying to eat an elephant. The methods section is being mapped out but I feel like this may subject to change when it comes to my advisor's perspective. I do have some general idea of what to build the foundation of my method purposal but I feel that I may need more detail that I currently have supplied.

Progress...

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Like several people have mentioned, progress for my lit review is coming, slower than I would like but coming nonetheless. It is helpful to have the outline and categorized topics per section so I can directly reference the needed articles for the section I am writing about. Having broken down the articles even more categorically initially would have been helpful and saved some time by not having to reread articles/sections but that comes with the territory I guess. Having the rough draft due soon is helpful as the feedback will help guide and give new thoughts and direction.

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Well, I feel farther along in my process than I did last week, but still pretty far behind and still trying to figure this whole research thing all out. Right now I'm trying to categorize my research and I'm having issues just keeping it narrowed down to a few different options. I'm really hoping that once I get through all of my research finally and get it organized that I feel better about this whole thing. We'll see how it goes.

Lit Review

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I have been lagging with my lit review after falling behind at the beginning of the month. Finally, after a weekend of work, I feel like I have made some progress and really understand how all of my research articles are coming together to build a base for my research proposal. I set up my outline and began filling in details with direct quote from my research articles. I've made sure to cite the articles in my outline so that when I go to write my lit review I will have the citation handy and not have to go back and look for it. Now that I have my outline filled in, I feel like my lit review will really write itself. My next step will be actually writing my lit review (as I feel most of the class has already begun to do). I am looking forward to switching gears and thinking about my methods.

Lit Review cont.

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Well I'm still researching some things. Right now I'm trying to find information on organization and management theories to compare my situation to and see if it falls into that theory or not. I'm still again at the point where I feel like there's so much information I don't know how to narrow it down. Like we talked about in class last week too, when I'm searching for something specific I come across something else and then I go off and start looking for research concerning that which brings me back to the problem of having so much information. How do I narrow down exactly what I'm looking for and keep my research to that area only. That is my problem.

Writing

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I agree with the other posts that the writing is going to be the most stressful. I am finding help through outline and bullet point format. I developed an outline of what I want to touch on, such as Introduction and then made several bullet points under the main headings. For my example, I have low back anatomy, anatomy of low back pain, etc. Under these bullets I inserted the articles that were relevant under each section and a brief summary of the article and it's relevance to this section, which I inserted from my lit map. I find the outline and bullets is helping me put together my thoughts and write a more concise paper. Anyway this is just something I found helpful and thought others may too.
Well I finally decided that I had looked at enough articles after I felt like all the major studies that tied into the areas that I wanted to talk about had been looked at, studies that were cited in recent studies, etc. I finally was able to sit down and begin working on the paper.I have followed the books suggesting at setting up the introduction for how i followed mine. I also reviewed how other articles i looked at put theirs together for some references in how it could be done. I am a little afraid that its a little long. My intro is just about 3 pages long right now. I am pretty satisfied how I have done on it, i have reviewed it several times over now, hoping that now I will not have to be making too many changes to it. Next up is the dreaded lit review. I know that the first time through it will be a very ROUGH draft. I have not done very many of these, so its a learning process. I am feeling pretty good about the topic i have chosen and the articles i have chosen to review for this paper though, so that is good. I was feeling a little nervous at thinking about having to have a rough draft due in 2 weeks already, but i am feeling pretty good about my progress now up to this point. If anyone has any tips on writing the lit review let me know that would be great. I am looking forward to learning about putting together the methodology section of this paper, so that I will then have all the information needed to put together the entire rough draft, and work at compiling a rough draft over these next two weeks. I must say i was wayyyy more nervous about this paper a week ago, but not as much anymore after talking with moira about my outline and taking a step back and reviewing my articles again. Good luck to everyone else with this paper as well!

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So I got to the point where I just needed to stop looking for that "one last" article and began to write. The problem is that I still don't feel like I have a good idea of what the research says. There are many conflicting numbers. One study shows that 33% of the sexual assaults involved an athlete (and athletes did not make up 33% of student population) and then the next study shows that there is no difference between athletes and the general student population. So far it seems that most research is done with a specific criminal act (such as sexual assault or drinking). I guess this is a good thing for me because it shows a gap in the research and shows a need for my research. My idea for the lit review is to show the differences in criminal behavior between athletes and non-athletes for the specific criminal acts and then explain the need for research done on arrest rates without limiting it to a specific charge. This will get me to my research question of do college athletes get arrested at a higher rate than the non student athletes.

Lit Review

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The original purpose of my research was to determine what factors motivate individuals to participate in non-profit events. After compiling a number of different sources I realized that there is a large gap in research related to what motivates individuals to volunteer for non-profit events. As a result, I have decided to focus on volunteers rather than participants, although I think both would be interesting topics. I have not yet met with Scott Marsalis, but it sounds like he has been very helpful. I am also very interested in attending the Refworks workshop. Does anyone have any details on the time and place? I found that the map/chart was very helpful in preparing my lit review. Thank you for the advice on adding a section that contains a description of the article - this has been very helpful.

Literature Review

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My literature process is slowly but surely progressing. To remind everyone, my research topics are relationship building and recruiting in college sports. I have found a large amount of scholarly articles on the art of relationship building especially in business. The research explains that building trust is an essential component to the recruiting process and the retainment process in business. It is a skill that must be taught to everyone in an organization to gain a competitive advantage. These findings will be key to my research; I just need to somehow connect to the recruiting process in collegiate sports. I have found, however, a little information on recruiting. Most articles are from the popular press, but have valuable information in them. What I have found is statements made by college athletes explaining about their experience as a recruit. Most talk about what tactics worked and did not work by the college coaches. Personal attention in the form of at-home visits and on campus visits were the most successful. By giving the recruit personal attention, the coach and the recruit were able to gain trust and build positive relationships. It will be my goal now to try to connect the two topics together and draw conclusions. It will also be nice to find scholarly information about college recruiting and relationship-building. If anyone has suggestions or has found any information on my research, I would appreciate the help.

Lit Review

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I'm doing an action research project about the mismanagement within a small sport industry business. I also met with Scott Marsalis last week and he helped me narrow down my areas to look for research which was a huge relief. I also talked to him about Refworks which is new to me, but how easy it is to just take the research you find and it all gets put into one place for you with the program. I am also going to a Refworks workshop next week which will hopefully clear up any issues I may come across down the road. But I am having a hard time finding research specific to the sporting industry. I guess the more I'm thinking about it maybe it doesn't necessarily have to be specific sport industry research, maybe just more so small business situations that are similar. I'm not sure. I'm just having a hard time trying to take the information that I have an organize it to get started. I feel like once I can get it organized it will be a lot easier to move forward with this paper. Just a little overwhelming right now I guess.

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One other thought about if it would be worth looking into this topic further is that a lot of the research that has been found would be to add if a portion of physical education class that is a purely aerobic portion where the students work on cardiovascular fitness for a good chuck of class would further improve academic outcomes. Another possibility of a different topic if it comes down to it would be to do something on technology in the classroom.

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For my research proposal I am looking at physical activity and educational outcomes. While looking for peer reviewed journals I found it difficult to find some at first. I had to try many different search key words and finally found success searching for exercise and academic outcomes. There is some research out there on the topic, but not many peer reviewed journal articles. It was frustrating finding articles that referred to "researchers" who have done a study on physical fitness, physical activity, or exercise and academic outcomes but it never says who did the research or exactly what they did. This is a sign of possible poor journalism. The writer of the article needs to say what was done and who did it to back up the information that is being given. An article that says a study found that physical activity has been found to improve a students academics is fine, but they don't back up that statement any further. Summarizing all of the information that has been found is difficult, along with knowing if the articles that I have been able to find are enough.

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My topic is on heart rate variability, heart rate recovery and the effects of an acute bout of exercise on an individual's urge to smoke. In searching for articles I found out that studies have already been done on acute exercise and the effects it has on urge to smoke and other factors associated with smoking cessation. So at this point I don't know if that is even a topic worth looking into or including in my study since it has already been done. One review article reported that the majority of the studies showed a positive effect of acute exercise on smoking cessation. However, I haven't found a paper on heart rate variability comparisons in smokers and non-smokers. There are quite a few articles on heart rate recovery but it may be good to include both of these topics in my study. The outline of the lit review is coming along but it's been difficult to decide which papers should and shouldn't be included.

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My topic is looking at how exercise affects depression/mood in college students. There are a lot of articles that look at depression and exercise, but most of them are looking at certain populations. It has been hard to find many focusing on the college age. I also have been trying to search for articles looking at college students and depression/mood, why this is an important population to focus on. I have a feeling that I am going to have to explain a lot of gaps within the research. I'm having a hard time determining how broad we are supposed to be making our lit review and how many topics within the area we should be covering. I have a bunch of articles that i am planning in putting into a table and then hopefully I can try to see where I am missing things. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated!

Lit Review

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In looking for articles for my literature review, I have found that most articles cover topics about consumer behavior and motivations for spectating. I have found it difficult to find articles about participatory sport and consumer choices. I need to look more in depth at the articles and explore what sources the authors used.

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In my lit review Im trying to research what it is gonna take to start an Outdoor TV Show in Alaska. When I met with Roy Gaddey, he helped kind of lay out my plan of attack and is willing to help me throughout the way. Now I'm trying to contact many different types of this industry: the producers, the TV channels, and the businesses themselves. Eventually I am going to need to figure out the cost vs. the revenue and a major part of finding out potential sponsors, getting a list to potentially propose to. This isnt working out as well as I would like. It is hard to get a hold of these companies and getting information. I have tried looking at different searches as well, but that isn't the greatest information. So Im still trying to get in contact with more in the industry and try to get the info I need to proceed.

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I am trying to outline my lit review and it is off to a rocky start. I have not found hardly any articles for physical activity of Native American youth and relationships to health disparities (i.e. diabetes). The majority of the literature that is out there is on African American youth. There is some articles about Native American adults and physical activity and health disparities but there is definitely a gap. I feel I am going to have to piece things together and identify gaps to imply the importance for research to be done on this population. I definitely have my work cut out for me though, any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm doing my research on the correlation between stretching and athletic performance, with a more concentrated emphasis on the correlation between stretching and injury prevention during exercise. Like others I'm sure, sorting through the hundreds of articles that include stretching, exercise, and various other key words is difficult because many articles usually contain minimal information relevant to my topic. Focusing my search fields was helpful but still time consuming nonetheless. It is encouraging to find articles and reviews that hit the topic more specifically and are useful to my research topic. I hope to stop by Cooke Hall next week and talk with Scott Marsalis about other avenues of research that will be helpful. Although I have mostly been mass skimming articles and abstracts and saving links and documents to filter through and narrow down later, it has been enjoyable diving into a topic I find interesting. The table/chart provided by Dr. Kihl and Dr. Petit is very helpful and provides beneficial structure to the search process and I will agree with leple013 that writing a small description about what the article contains will be very helpful in the future for knowing what to reference as I begin writing the lit review. Thanks for that idea.

Lit Review: Karen Roth

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My research topic is ferritin (iron) levels and elite female distance runners. I am looking at the ferritin (iron) levels in female athletes that are not anemic, but may still have low iron levels. The areas I have been gathering research in is the prevalence of low iron and female distance runners, as well as the affects iron levels have on performance. I have not been able to find much research on performance and iron levels. There is some information on hemoglobin levels and performance, which relates to iron levels. I have found a lot of coach's articles and books that say ferritin (iron) levels are very important to distance runners and that female athletes should take supplements, but I have not found very much scientific evidence to support this. Most of the iron research out there is from the 80's or early 90's. Just from the lack of scientific information out there on iron deficiency and distance runners, I think I might make my topic focus on the prevalence of non-anemic ferritin (iron) deficiency distance runners.

Lit Review Karen Roth

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My research topic is ferritin (iron) levels and elite female distance runners. I am looking at the ferritin (iron) levels in female athletes that are not anemic, but may still have low iron levels. The areas I have been gathering research in is the prevalence of low iron and female distance runners, as well as the affects iron levels have on performance. I have not been able to find much research on performance and iron levels. There is some information on hemoglobin levels and performance, which relates to iron levels. I have found a lot of coach's articles and books that say ferritin (iron) levels are very important to distance runners and that female athletes should take supplements, but I have not found very much scientific evidence to support this. Most of the iron research out there is from the 80's or early 90's. Just from the lack of scientific information out there on iron deficiency and distance runners, I think I might make my topic focus on the prevalence of non-anemic ferritin (iron) deficiency distance runners.

Literature Review

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I had started out thinking about looking at coaching salaries and effect on the budget at school and have begun to realize that this wont be a good question and issue with which to focus on. I have done a lot of research on commercialization in college athletics, and from this have realized i must narrow my focus in the research. So now i have begun to think about topic relations within this that i want to focus on. I have decided that I want to put my focus on the graduation rates of football and basketball, and find gaps in the research for me to conduct more extensive research on the topic. I am hoping that there is an area where i can put a focus on and that has not been done yet. If you have any suggestions on any other area within this topic that I might be able to look at, let me know, I am very open for suggestions. It has been a little bit of a struggle narrowing in order to conduct my research. Thanks

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I started my research by first creating a basic outline of the main points I wanted to cover. I then went about researching journal articles on H1N1. As I went into reading each article I placed a brief reference into my outline and included where in the article there was good information. I also left myself room to modify the outline as more or changing information presents itself. The online reference I have found most helpful has been Medline. I need to continue to search for any new research that pertains to H1N1 as most information on pandemic flu involves Avian Flu or even older forms of the flu virus. As my research continues I am sure that the outline will continue to evolve and change as I am able to find more information.

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As I was looking for articles I was able to somewhat formulate what background information I needed for my research. After finding many articles I am now able to organize the articles I found into areas of the review that they best fit. As a reminder my research proposal deals with the student-athlete code of conduct. As I was scanning through articles I realized how much background and set up type information I was going to need in order to appropriately present my proposal. If anyone has suggestions for me or think I might be missing something I am definately open for help.