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Human Kinetics: Start Your Assignment

Welcome to the guide for Human Kinetics from your library.

New Titles in the Library

Find Background Information: Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a great starting point when doing research. Check out the pages below to find introductory information, mind maps that can help you identify related topics, and links to relevant articles. 

The human body in the news

Books: Sports and Society

Social Issues in Sport

Call Number: GV706.5 .W655 2007

Sport and Society in the Global Age

Call Number:  GV706.5 .M36 2012

Race and sport in Canada: intersecting inequalities

Call Number: GV706.3 .R34 2012

Books: Exercise Science

The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise

Call Number: QP303 .G543 2014eb

Oxford Handbook of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Call Number: RC1210 .O944 2007

Fitness and Health-7th Edition

Call Number: RA781 .S527 2013

Fitness Professional's Handbook

Call Number: GV481 .H734 2007

Ultimate back fitness and performance

Call Number: RD771.B217 M335 2017

Weight Training Without Injury

Call Number: GV546 .S727 2016

Year Book of Sports Medicine

Call Number: RC1200 .Y4

The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

Call Number: RC41 .G35 2015eb

How to Start Your Research Assignment

What do you have to do to successfully complete this assignment? How long will each step take you?

Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. Set a schedule to finish each task. Put the schedule into your calendar.

Is your topic the right size? Most students choose a topic that is too large. Doing some presearch on your topic can help you get the big picture and understand what narrower topics are available.

Reference resources help you get started on a new topic, answer quick questions, and/or point you to further resources. Examples of reference resources include:
Almanacs - Atlases - Dictionaries - Encyclopedias - Handbooks - Indexes - Thesauri

Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Credo Reference is a collection of all of the above.

What questions will you need to answer to write about your topic? What information will you need to find to support your argument?

Make a list to help guide your research.


It's true - keywords are the key to success when it comes to research. Generating a list of keywords before you start searching - and adding to the list as you go - will make you an efficient, effective searcher. If you can't find what your looking for, it's probably due to bad keywords. 

  1. Write down your topic.
  2. Identify which of the words you've written can be used as keywords. Hint: pick only ones with meaning directly connected to your topic. Ex. Are safe-injection sites good for Vancouver
  3. Brainstorm synonyms, broader & narrower and related words. Ex. safe-injection sites = Insite, needle exchanges; Vancouver = Lower Mainland, Canada, BC, British Columbia, Fraser Health


What kind of resources are you able to use for this assignment?  Where can you find these kinds of resources?

  • academic vs popular
  • primary vs secondary
  • media 
  • reports and data