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COE 208 | The Literature of Baseball

Professor Wendt.

How do I...?

The hardest part of research is often getting started or developing a topic.   Consider the following when you're developing your topic:

    Pick a topic that's interesting to you. Research is much more enjoyable if you care about your topic.


Knowledge.    You don't need to know much about your topic--even a little bit of knowledge, however, does help. 


Explore.   Look at your textbook or class notes.  Talk with a friend or family member.  Browse the table of contents of the following relevant journals or magazines:  Baseball Research JournalJournal of Sport History,  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and CultureSporting Life or National Pastime.


Focus.     Make sure your topic is not too broad or too narrow.  It's always a good idea to test drive a topic before you commit.  Are you drowning in results?   Or did you find very little information?  After you've done a bit of research, it is common to find that may find that you need to tweak or refine your topic


Guidelines.    Read your assignment carefully.  Must the topic be related to the course?  Can you choose a topic?  The assignment should provide some guidance in topic choice.  If it doesn't, talk with your professor.

Image source: Rapple, Brandon. Choosing a Topic. Boston College.