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Religion Courses & Research: RE 150

Encyclopedia Articles

Browse the reference shelves for more options.


Categorize every word/phrase in a short article to see how you could focus your topic.

Academic Journals (not articles)

Search for Journals by Keyword

(You can get to this page from the library homepage by clicking "Journals A-Z")

OR search in ATLA or relevant database, follow clues, and research an interesting journal:

  • Look at their website
  • Search directly inside that publication (this should be an option on their "page" in the database)

Check out research guides of related topics for more options or browse the entire Databases A-Z.

Books

Websites

While it seems straightforward (Google your topic and choose good results), there are still some good guidelines to follow:

  • If you do a general Google search (topic only):
    • Choose results related to established entities such as seminaries, theological/academic presses, denominations, etc.
    • Avoid generic websites that cover all types of religion unless you are comparing across traditions.
      • Why? These types of websites tend to be more like encyclopedia articles rather than providing you with more in-depth information (that's Scope from PATS).
  • If you do a more specific Google search (topic plus something else), try this:
    • Topic + denomination you are interested in, such as ecotheology and ELCA
    • Topic + seminary or other entity you are interested in

As always, use the PATS to guide your evaluation, looking in particular at the evidence provided for assertions and any apparent bias (both part of Purpose and Authority).