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FIND a TOPIC that is a GOOD MATCH Do not bother seeking a “good” book or the “perfect” book Most books were good enough to get published! Rather, seek a good match between your interest, a specific topic, and my approval Background Information Gale Virtual Reference Library Includes

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FIND a TOPIC that is a GOOD MATCH

  • Do not bother seeking a “good” book or the “perfect” book

    • Most books were good enough to get published!

  • Rather, seek a good match between your interest, a specific topic, and my approval


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Background Information

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Includes

  • New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., 15v, 2003

  • Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed.,  15v,  2005

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd ed.,  22v,  2007

  • and many other titles

  • Entries written by scholars

  • Includes citation tools


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Tools to Finding Sources

St. Mary’s Blume Library

(http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib)

To find books:

Library online catalog

WorldCat


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KEYWORD START

  • Search for a book using the Keyword (Advanced Boolean) menu choice.

  • You may have to experiment with various key words, but you should be able to find a title or two that look promising.

  • Look at subject headings

  • Ask a librarian


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LC CALL # SEARCH

  • Find the most promising title and get the LC call# for that book.

  • What does that search yield?

  • If you do not know, do one and discover its usefulness


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Sources:

  • Books

  • Journal articles

  • See Approval/Cover Sheet for “starter set” numbers*

  • *Assumes that set will improve through growth and selection


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Tools to Journal Articles:Subscription Databases

  • Religion & Philosophy Collection

  • Catholic Periodical & Literature Index

  • Project MUSE

  • JSTOR

    • It is not a sign of weakness to seek assistance from a librarian—that is why they are there


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Journal Articles:Subscription Databases

Can limit search to full-text articles

Break it into key concepts and identify terms for each concept. Start with fewer words.

Use Boolean connectors like and, or, and not to connect keywords. Many databases search the words as a phrase otherwise.


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Journal Articles:Subscription Databases

  • Truncation characters such as an * (asterisk) can expand your search by retrieving various forms of a word, e.g., comput* retrieves computer, computers, computing, computation, etc.

  • Download or email article to self (saves all pertinent bibliographic information)


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Search one of the Following Databases

  • Find a potentially useful article from one of the following subscription databases:

  • Religion & Philosophy Collection

  • Catholic Periodical & Literature Index

  • Project MUSE

  • JSTOR


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By End of Today’s Session:

  • Compose an email including the following:

  • Your nameand TH 2301 Section (A,B, or C)

  • Topic or keyword you searched

  • Reason why this might be a useful article for your assignment

  • Citation for the article using Chicago or other standard format

  • One thing you learned today

  • One thing you wish you had learned today

    Email it to yourself and to [email protected]


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