COE 208 | Baseball: Social and Cultural History: Develop

Resources for Professor Boyer's COE 208SS course. Fall 2018.

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:


Interest. 
    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 HistoryBaseball MagazineNINE: A Journal of Baseball History and CultureSporting Life, Black Ball: New Research in African American Baseball HistoryNational Pastime, or Sport in History.

 

Focus.     Make sure your topic is not too broad (baseball and American Values) or too narrow (baseball and American values in 2018 in New York City).  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.