About This Guide
This guide will show you resources available for research in Leisure Studied and Therapeutic Recreation.
You will find information as follows:
- Background Information - not an expert in Therapeutic Recreation or Leisure Studies? Here are some books and electronic sources to help you get up to speed.
- Database Search Tips - this section offers tips and tricks to help you search library database more effectively and efficiently.
- Finding Books - step one in research is locating books. Here you will find links to searching for books in the OSU Library, as well as other sources for identifying books in libraries around the world.
- Dissertations - looking for Ph.D. dissertations done at OSU or elsewhere?
- Finding Articles - to locate research articles, here are some databases and tips
- Writing and Citing - now that you've collected your information, it's time to write the paper and cite your sources correctly.
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The Nature of Leisure Studies and Therapeutic Recreation Research
Before conducting research in leisure studies and therapeutic recreation, you need to be aware that they are social sciences but could also be thought of as medical scienes. So, while we can look for research in education or health or databases, we will find other research in social science databases.
The social sciences are concerned with the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society. The social sciences include (but are not limited to):
- political science
The social sciences are inherently interdisciplinary, meaning they draw upon one another's research and use it as a part of their own.
- Psychologists will study a given topic from a psychological perspective - is there anything within the individual which is leading to the situation you are examining?
- Sociologists will study that same issue from a cultural or societal perspective - is there something in society or a culture which is leading to this situation?
- Educators will study just about any issue, as pertains to an educational or learning environment.
In terms of research in leisure studies, what does this mean? Social sciences databases might give us perspective on why, for example, people engage in recreation - psychology journals might tell us the answer. Sociological journals might tell us if there is something culturally that leads people to engage in recreation. Education journals might help you find information on teaching people to lead healthier lifestyles through therapeutic recreation.
Moral of the story: you need to look in many places for your research, beyond purely health or education databases.
Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation Librarian
306 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University Libraries
Stillwater, OK 74078