This guide is designed to focus on the resources the library has to offer for theology. Use the tabs above to navigate through this guide.
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As you’re researching, you’ll encounter a variety of different source types that all may be useful for your project - for some of you, it may be required! Here are a few source types, ways in which they can be helpful, and how to find them:
Scholarly Article – These are research articles written by experts who work in and study a specific field. The articles have also undergone peer-review, which means that other experts read the article and suggest changes that should be made before it was published. These articles usually look at a topic in-depth, feature original research, and may include an argument for a specific interpretation, course of action, or treatment.
To find scholarly articles:
Encyclopedia Entry – Encyclopedia entries are a great place to start for a lot of topics! These sources provide basic factual information on a topic and introduce you to key concepts and other relevant information.
To find encyclopedia entries:
Newspaper Article – Newspaper articles are great sources for current events, as they provide up-to-date information on a topic. For older topics, newspapers can provide insight into what was going on and what people were discussing when an event occurred.
To find newspaper articles:
Books – Books are a great way to get in-depth information on a topic, as they are usually long and well researched. Rather than reading the whole book, it’s often more effective to focus on a chapter or two that is specifically relevant to your research topic.
To find books:
Website – Websites can be great places to find information about organizations or groups. Just make sure you choose reliable sites and consider the source of information (click here for more info).