Webliography Assignment – Quality Homework Help

This assignment is designed so that the student will learn how to do scholarly research in the University Library as compared with merely finding information through Google or Wikipedia. You will learn what constitutes a peer-reviewed source and gain skills in using the USF Library search engine to locate peer-reviewed articles. You must follow explicit instructions to locate two peer-reviewed resources using the library search engine. (100-300 words for each summary not including the citations) 

Here are the specific things you need to do:

 1. Select two of the topics to research more in-depth:

2. You must post your two annotated citations on this assignment.  Please make sure you use a style format such as MLA or APA.   

3. You must write an original summary. If you merely cut-and-paste the existing abstract for the article, you will lose points.

Purpose of Assignment:  Someone asked if it was acceptable to just cut-and-paste the abstract from the journal article, but I require that you use your own words. Otherwise, this final assignment becomes merely a finding exercise and not a reading comprehension task.   The intent is for you to experience the process of scholarly research in the field.   Annotated citations are part of the literature search that you might do for your Master’s or Doctoral thesis should you decide to go to graduate school.   This assignment gives you a small sample of that activity.  


Here are four examples of citations with abstracts in the proper format. You may not use these examples per se, but you may model your citations after them.

Vertinsky, Patricia Anne, and John Bale. Sites of Sport : Space, Place, Experience. London: Routledge, 2004. Print. 

This article asks the question: “What would be lost if the sensory experience derived from attending a sporting event in a stadium were replaced by the anesthesia of a sporting non-place?”  In other words, what are the elements that we experience upon attending an event in a stadium.   Our primary means of experiencing events is rooted within place (seats, sections, sides, ends, boxes), rooted within space (the stadium), with a larger place (the city), within ever larger spaces (region, state, hemisphere, globe) contributes to the idea that all senses contribute to an awareness and appreciation of the qualities of particular places. It covers the five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste as well as the sense of belonging to a crowd and the historical community as subsequent reports allow witnesses to expand their understanding of the event they helped create and those who weren’t at the stadium to participate in the collective memory (or history).    This article reminded me of the excitement of attending a Monday Night Football game at Raymond James when Warren Sapp and the Bucs defeated the Green Bay Packers and being part of the amazing spectacle before and during the game.  It also helped to understand my experience as a young Little Leaguer with my father and coach upon entering Fenway Park in Boston after the game had already started.  Hearing the crowd cheer outside the stadium as my coach said “that’s a strikeout,” and then seeing that perfectly manicured field and “Green Monster” left-field wall.  I thought it was heaven.

Johnson, Jay. “Through The Liminal: A Comparative Analysis Of Communitas And Rites Of Passage In Sport Hazing And Initiations.” Canadian Journal Of Sociology 36.3 (2011): 199-227. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

This article focuses on hazing in sports, and how most of the time it is not seen as anything bad but more of a “right of passage” and initiation. The author discussions multipleaspects and degrees of hazing from singing a school song to punching and humiliation.   In my opinion, rites of passage are ritualistic, but there should be respect for the human being.   Whether it is appropriate depends upon what the “activity” is and its severity.  Initiation rituals will never be banned, but perhaps hazardous activities with unfortunate outcomes could be curtailed.

Rees, C. Roger. “Bullying and hazing/initiation in schools: How sports and physical education can be part of the problem and part of the solution.”Journal of Physical Education New Zealand Feb2010, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p24 (English Abstract Available), Database: SPORTDiscus

The peer-reviewed article above discusses the charged topic of bullying in sports, commonly known as “hazing.” After reading, it was explained that team members find membership extremely important and hazing is seen as a right of passage into their tight bond of the team. New members are often put through psychological, physical and sexual humiliation to see if they have what it takes to stay true to their teammates. Unfortunately, things get out of hand and this can become extremely dangerous. As a coach or physical education teacher, they urge students to make sports about having fun and competing instead of making it apart of their athletic identity and hazardous.  I found this articele very helpful in the sense of realizing both sides to the story. As team mates, when a new member joins, you want to make sure they won’t mess up the flow of the perfectly molded team you already have established. By originall doing very begnine and silly tasks to see if they’ll stick around, could convince teammates that they are worthy of trust. Unfortuneately, the article explains that this silly thing has run wild and gotten extremely dangerous. The article also talks about how to possibly end hazing and bullying in the sports world, and that the solution is actually the love of the game itself. 

Jirasek, Ivo; Kohe, Geoffery Zain; Hurych, Emanuel. “Reimagining athletic nudity: the sexualization of sport as a sign of a ‘porno-ization’ of culture.” Sport in Society Aug2013, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p721 (English Abstract Available), Database: SPORTDiscus

This article traces and exposes a few historical and contemporary times in which sporting naked physiques have been used to affect certain agendas. This article also argues that the physical body has been degraded over the years and made people think that it should be more and more sexual. To satisfy society’s needs and desires, bodies, especially sporting bodies, have been sexualized to the extreme. This is a symptom of a wider porno-ization of western culture and cultural products. It has limited our contemporary readings earning no respect for the body and its educational, transformative, artistic and emancipatory potential. Through all of this article readers to appreciate athletic nudity and to re-imagine the beauty of sporting bodies in cultural terms and to artistic appreciation rather than as provocative objects of sports managers and capitalistic desires. 

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