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Athletic Training

Guide to Bishop Library athletic training resources.


Be prepared to be flexible with your research question or thesis.

If you find too much information, your topic/thesis may be too broad.  You will need to narrow or focus it.

If you are finding very little information, your topic/thesis may be too specific, narrow, specialized or current.  It may be difficult to find enough information to write your paper.  In this case, you will need to broaden your topic or thesis.


Broaden Your Topic


Generalize your topic, or explore related topics or issues.  If your topic is the treatment of TBI with endocannabinoids in Israel, consider expanding that slightly to explore the use of cannabinoids (CBD), cannibis, or marijuana in treating TBI.






If your topic has just occurred, there won't be books or journal articles available just yet.  Choose an alternative topic that is not so recent.



Database Choice


Use other databases in your subject area, or consider checking databases in a related subject area (which might cover the topic from a different perspective, for example, education or psychology).


Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for your topic. When reading background information, note how your topic is expressed in these materials. When you find citations in an article database, note the terms being used by experts in the field.





Explore related issues.


Expand    Remove


Expand or remove: location, time period, aspect, event, population, person/group.


Too Broad:    Traumatic brain injury.  Narrower:   What can be done to prevent traumatic brain injury in the military?


Too Narrow: How does traumatic brain injury affect boxers in the long term?  Broader:  How does traumatic injury affect athletes in the long term?