Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015     Views: 396

To find articles on this topic, go to the A-Z Databases libguide linked below. There are tabs at the top that organize our databases by topic. Select the Hot Topics tab. Here you will find links to databases that are good for current event and pro/con sources.

If you are off campus, you will have to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM ID.

Opposing Viewpoints has a few articles on the topic. Click the link to that database, and you will be taken to a page that lists all Gale Databases. Click Opposing Viewpoints on this intermediary page to get into the database.

Use the search phrase children AND sports. The capitalized 'AND' tells the database to find articles that mention both words. Your result list will show various headers, such as Viewpoints (pro/con articles), Academic Articles and so forth. Click the header (such as Viewpoints) to see all articles in that category. Simply click an article title when you find one you want.

CQ Researcher has an article that deals with this, as well. Use the word sportsmanship. Enter it into the search bar then hit the search button, which is the magnifying glass icon. The article doesn't only discuss children in sports, but it does discuss it. You can scan the different headings to locate the relevant parts. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the article.

You can also try ProQuest Research Library. This database required a longer search phrase, which you can copy and paste: participation trophies AND sports AND self-esteem. Remember, the 'AND' tells the database to find articles which mention all those words. After you enter the search phrase, check the Full Text box under the search bar, then run the search. 

You can use the limiters on the left to narrow the results. For example, you can use the scroll bar underneath the Publication Date graph to get more recent articles. When I ran the test search, I narrowed to articles from 2000-2015. After you make your selection, hit the Update button.

If you want more articles, try Academic Search Complete. In this database, I used the phrase: praise AND sports AND self-esteem.

Run the search, then use the limiters on the left to narrow. Be sure to check the Full Text box. You can also use the scroll bar to adjust the publication date range. If you want to narrow the subjects, click the Subject Thesaurus Term heading. You will see a short list of subjects and a blue Show More link underneath. Click that link and a dialog box with all the subjects will appear. Check off the ones that are relevant. For example, select terms such as motivation, self-esteem (definitely check any terms you used to search), children, sports, athletes, etc. Hit the Update button when finished.

You can also narrow by Language and Geography using the same method. In this database, clicking the title link brings you to the detailed record page. Select the Full Text option towards the top left to read the article.

If you want books or eBooks on the topic, go to the WorldCat link below. That is our book catalog. Enter the search phrase: su:Sports for children. The "su:" tells the catalog that it is a subject search. From your result list, you can see if the book is an electronic or print book. The format is under the author name. On the left, you can select either print or eBook if you have a format preference.

Click the title to access the catalog record. For print books, you will see call number and availability. Remember that your COM ID is also your library card. For eBooks, you will see a link to access. You will need to log in to see eBooks when you are off campus.

I am also including a link to our How to Research Hot Topics libguide. The tabs at the top have some general tips. The links on the libguide homepage take you to How To's on using the individual databases. For example, you can select the How to Use Academic Search Complete link. The libguides provide specific search tips for the database and instructions on obtaining and correcting your citations.

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