University of Oregon

LIB 199: How to Do Baseball Research

LIB 199: How to Do Baseball Research (Spring 2013)
Paul Frantz & Mark Watson

Course Description: 

The famous Ken Burns’ documentary talks about baseball as an American odyssey that links generations, and goes on to say that it also reflects a host of age-old American tensions:  between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.   Baseball is said “to be a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have gone before.   Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope—and coming home.”  Truly, baseball is a great lens through which the development of America and its culture can be researched and studied.   How to Do Baseball Research focuses on the national pastime and uses its riches to lead students through a process of acquiring research skills and an understanding of how different types of library resources can be leveraged to conduct an inquiry.   If you love baseball and want to build your research chops, take a place in the batter’s box and swing away!

Related Interests: Sports, Research Skills, Popular Culture, American studies

Course Details: 

CRN: 37605

Time: MW 12-13:20

Location: 42 LIB

3 Credits


About the Instructors:

Paul Frantz & Mark Watson

Paul has been a librarian for 26 years and is presently, Head, Reference & Research Services, for the UO Libraries. In addition, he has been a baseball fan ever since his dad took him to a St. Louis Cardinals game at the age of 6. He presently nourishes his baseball yen with membership in the Library’s fantasy baseball league, which he had the good fortune to win during the 2009 season. He considers baseball to be the perfect vehicle to demonstrate the amazing resources the Library has to offer.

Like Paul, Mark has been a librarian for 26 years—all of them at the UO.   He started as a Catalog Librarian and is currently the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Access.   Mark shares co-commissioner duties with Paul in the Eugene Fantasy Baseball League and avidly follows Duck baseball.   Mark is especially proud of the Ted Smith Memorial Baseball Collection that resides in the Knight Library.   Over the years, he has helped acquire the resources needed to support in-depth research into our national pastime.   For any follower of the sport, browsing the library shelves where the call numbers begin with GV861 should be a real treat!


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