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Religion Courses & Research

Evaluating websites and all sources

Religion Websites Tips and Tricks

If you do a general Google search (topic only):

  • Choose result 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.
    • These types of websites tend to be more like encyclopedia articles rather than providing you with more in-depth information.

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

Remember the 3 Evaluation Questions!

Answer the three evaluation questions for any source you use, including websites!

  • What is it: What is the source type and author credibility?
    • Quick Wikipedia checks are okay!
  • Why do I care: Does the source type and author credibility meet your needs?
    • Decide this at the beginning so you know whether to investigate or find something better.
  • What does it really say: Perceive how the word choices influence the knowledge.
    • How slanted the word choice is can make a difference in how or why you would use it.

Religion in website sources

Linked Websites

Who says academic journals get to have all the fun? Religion touches every aspect of society--the people behind these websites have created some fascinating ways to explore what religion means.

Lutheran Connections

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