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IDS 101: Sportsball and Sporting Culture: Getting Started

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Sportsball and Sporting Culture

Sportsball: "the act of participating either competitively or noncompetitively in an athletic based endeavor occasionally with other humans that usually involves spherical devices but also doesn't have to because all sports deserve equal representation including ribbon dancing and roshambo" (Urban Dictionary). Podcaster and NBA basketball journalist Zach Lowe speaks of sportsing or sportsball when talking about the NBA – marking both the relevance of professional sport and its banality in the context of everyday life, political struggles, and worldwide catastrophes. This course examines the cultural, political, social, and embodied ways "sport" plays in our everyday life and how it has reshaped our relationship to our bodies, data and statistics, and education. By attending to how race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability frame our experience of "sport," we'll interrogate "what sport gives us" and "why do we (not) care so much about it?"

                                Course taught by: Vincent Pham.                                                              Colloquium Associate: Catie Mohr.

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content, it is sometimes considered unreliable.  It is a good place to start your research, but it is best to double check what you find against other sources.  

Consider consulting the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your paper.  Reference books can provide a general overview of a topic and help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data; these sources often include references and lists of further readings.  Additionally, these resources have typically gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy.  To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Collection of Reference Resources

Reference E-books

Reference Print Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209