For these two articles, I focused mostly on getting a good number of facts. I wanted to find reliable sources that would make me credible when writing a research paper. Both of these sources were found on the same database, ScienceDirect, through the Olin Library web search. I really wanted to find some facts on Rollins College, so I searched “Sexual Assault Rollins College”. I then scrolled looking for any of the articles to mention Rollins, but none of them did. So I decided I would just look at what was given to me, and focus more on specific Rollins fact next time. The reason I did this was because the article titles that were being shown looked really interesting. I think next time when I am looking for information specifically about Rollins, I will look at more generic sources. Rollins is a smaller school, so I would guess not many articles that have been peer-reviewed would be out there. Meaning I doubt there is much information about Rollins and sexual assault on campus in research databases, but in sources that reach out to people looking for colleges, like college ranking sites, or even newspaper articles.
Being on Rollins College Swim Team gave me firsthand experience of the stress that comes with being a student-athlete. The fact that my topic is ‘college stress’ made perfect sense to research what types of stress student-athletes face. My research process was more specific than my previous approach. I already had a specific topic in mind when I went to Google in search for my articles. I typed the words: “stress and student-athletes.” When searching the specific phrase, I was able to find two articles rather quickly. Depression among student athletes as well as effects of stress caught my attention. I quickly saved the two articles titled “Responding to the Rise of Depression in College Athletes” and “Mind, Body and Sport: Depression and Anxiety Prevalence in Student-athletes” and was able to write my summaries on the topic of student-athletes. Being able to relate to the information I was reading made it both beneficial and easy to read. I wanted to know the information because it would help me with my struggles of currently being a student-athlete.
Going into my research for my second paper I decided to look at more factual articles. For my first source, I wanted to search for articles written on sexual assault but connected to my main topic which is gender and sexuality. Thus, searching for this article took a while because I went in looking for a particular thing. For a research paper, it is obvious that statistics and facts are the key ingredients to writing a good paper. This was the main reason I chose the article “LGBT Students and Sexual Assualt”, as it provided a good amount of information and was related to my topic. My second source is about feminism in college. While I was going through different articles while choosing my first source, I saw a common theme that occurred throughout all of them. Many of the articles spoke about a rising number of feminists in college speaking up about this issue, and thus I decided it would be a good idea to write about feminism in college. Thus, I decided that both of these topics can be brought together in the same paper. The second article was not statistic based like the first one but included more knowledge about the issue it was talking about.