Big Theological Questions: A Research Guide
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These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you. Contact me if you have questions, Louise Hyder-Darlington x1454 or email AskUs.
Use the High Library catalog to find books, videos, CDs and other materials located within the library. Always prefer a subject search. Use subject links and X-Refs (Cross References) to find relevant material. To find a particular type of material: go to the catalog search page and use the Type pull-down menu to select the kind of material you would like, e.g., videos, DVDs, CDs, scores, reference books , etc.
When the collection at the High Library is not sufficient for your research needs, use WorldCat, to locate materials in other libraries. You can then place interlibrary loan requests through ILLiad to get these materials.
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Use reference books to provide background information and to place a topic in its social or historical context. Reference books are located on the main floor of the library and cannot be checked out. To find reference books: from the catalog search page click on the Type pull-down menu and select Ref-Book.
A number of different reference books may prove useful as you research theological questions. Here is a small sampling.
Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 5 vols. (901.9 D554)
Encyclopedia of American Religions. (Ref 200.973 M528e6)
Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 4 vols. (Ref 170.3 En56)
Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Ref 294.303 En562)
Encyclopedia of Buddhism [electronic resources, online access]
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion (Ref 291.095 En56)
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Ref 297.03 En56)
Encyclopedia of Judaica ( 296.03 En56)
The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, 2 vols. (Ref 322.103 En56)
Encyclopedia of Religion, 15 vols. (Ref 203 En56 2005)
Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience, 3 vols. (Ref 291.0973 En56)
Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, 2 vols. (Ref 200.82 En56)
Ethics, 3 vols. (Ref 170.3 Et84)
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Ref 294.503 L812)
New Catholic Encyclopedia, 15 vols. (Ref 230.203 N536 2003)
Find articles and essays
Use library databases to find articles and citations to articles on your topic. Choose the right database for your subject. When selecting search words, pay attention to spelling, compound words (daycare vs. day care), plurals and internal punctuation (brother-in-law). Use synonyms to broaden or narrow your search or to make it more specific.
Databases that may prove useful include:
Academic Search Premier General database. Good starting point for any topic.
ATLAReligion Indexes over 1500 books and journals on religion
CQ Researcher Each issue of this online journal gives both sides of a different controversial topic.
JSTOR This database covers many topics and has full-text articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text. 1908+. Articles from over 700 sociological journals, covering topics such as abortion, criminal justice, gender studies, marriage and family, religion and urban sociology.
Use the Locate E-Town Journals link on the library webpage or from within library databases to find out which journal titles are held by the High Library.
If the title is in microfilm or microfiche format, you can order copies of the articles online by using ILLiad Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.
Search the internet efficiently by using google advanced search and google directory search
Try other search engines, such as ask.com search.yahoo.com
To find highly rated academic web sites on specific subjects, use:
- Infomine, Scholarly Internet Resource Collection: http://infomine.ucr.edu
- IPL2 - Internet Public Library: http://lii.org/
- WWW Virtual Library: http://www.vlib.org/
- University of Wisconsin Scout Report: http://scout.wisc.edu/Archives/
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