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Parks, Recreation, Sport & Tourism, Advanced Guide

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects


Here are links to some comprehensive statistical sites, mostly from the U.S. government:

Here is a link to a comprehensive site covering everything you ever wanted to know about U.S. Census data. 

ProQuest Statistical Data Sets
data visualization for more than 500 datasets from government and private industry, both domestic and international.  Emphasis is in 20th century U.S. economic data and includes diverse subjects such as health, politics, demographics, social services and environmental data.  Time spans vary by topic.  Charting, plotting and mapping options available.  Export data into MS Excel, XML, PDF, or into shape files for GIS.

Sources for Research Methods

There are many guides and handbooks for both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Not all, but many books on social science methods are found in the H 62 call number area (third floor, East, in Ellis Library). Books on the core topic of parks, recreation and tourism tend to fall in the GV call number area, also located on the third floor, East.

Here is a small sampling of books available:

Essentials of research methods in health, physical education, exercise science, and recreation. Kris E. Berg, Richard W. Latin (Q180.55.M4 B417 2008)

Research in recreation, parks, sport, and tourism.  Carol Cutler Riddick, Ruth V. Russell (GV181.46 .R53 2008

Dimensions of choice : qualitative approaches to parks, recreation, tourism, sport, and leisure research.  Karla A. Henderson (GV181.46 .H46 2006)  

The SAGE handbook of qualitative research. Edited by Norman K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln (H62 .H2455 2005)

Handbook of emergent methods.  Edited by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Patricia Leavy (H62 .H24536 2008)

Foundations of mixed methods research : integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. Charles Teddlie, Abbas Tashakkori (H62 .T294 2009)

Internet, mail, and mixed-mode surveys : the tailored design method.  Don Dillman (HM538 .D55 2009)

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