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Masters of Athletic Training Resource Guide: Topic/Research Question

A guide from Funderburg Library on how to use library resources to do research for your athletic training classes.

Choose a Topic

Find ideas in:

  • Your syllabus
  • Your text
  • Class discussion
  • Your life
  • Current events

Find Background Information

Background information helps you: 

  • Start thinking about your topic
  • See the big picture
  • Identify major issues
  • Discover something that interests you

Use an encyclopedia source to do general background research. Use quality, professionally produced sources to familiarize yourself with the topic (not just Google and Wikipedia).

Try some of these:

PICO

PICO is a mnemonic device used to describe the four elements of a good clinical foreground question:

PICO is a mnemonic used to describe the four elements of a good clinical foreground question:

P = Population/Patient/Problem 

I = Intervention of Interest

C = Comparison intervention or issue of Interest

O = Outcome(s) of Interest

T  = Time of Interest