RLS 33200: Research Methods

Books

Blankenship, D. (2010). Applied research and evaluation methods in recreation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Vaske, J. J. (2008). Survey research and analysis: Applications in parks, recreation and human dimensions. State College, Pa: Venture Pub.
-- Great chapter on creating and implementing surveys.

Mitra, A. (2011). Needs assessment: A systematic approach to data collection. Urbana: Sagamore Publishing.
-- How to collect data from citizens for the recreation professional. 

 

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SPORTDiscus with Full Text
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A database with articles on the environment and related disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
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PsycINFO
A  great tool for finding the psychology based literature.
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CINAHL
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
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MEDLINE (EBSCO)
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
 

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Search Term Ideas
Recreation OR Leisure OR Outdoor Recreation
Park* OR Park Design OR Natural Environment
Survey* OR Research Instrument OR Questionnaire* OR  Assess* OR Methodolog*
Research
Sustain* OR Conservation OR Ecol OR Protected Areas
Touris* OR Behavior Modification OR Environmental Attitude*

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