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Religion Courses & Research: RE 201 Denominations

Use the Religion Course Guide (the guide you are on now)

Most of the information you need to begin your research is already here on this guide.

A few specific tips...

  • EB, Credo Reference, and some of the print encyclopedia sets will be most useful for getting overview
  • Be sure to look in WorldCat for books from other libraries (order free using the Interlibrary Loan link)
  • Article databases likely most useful:
    • ATLA, ProQuest, the two history databases (listed on the bottom), JSTOR, SocIndex
  • Remember to use PATS to evaluate any websites--particular, what the heck is the purpose? To inform or convert (or persuade)?

Work with your group in class

Open a Word (or other word-processing document) doc on a computer (you only need one per group). Type in the answers to these questions:

  1. Is there an overview article about your denomination in EB, Credo, or the print encyclopedia set brought to class?
    1. EB: if yes, will you use it?
    2. Credo: if yes, what is the title of the article and encyclopedia it is from?
    3. Print: (if it's in use, leave blank and move on)
  2. Do a Google search and choose two sources from websites. Analyze them using PATS.
    1. First website:
      1. Name of website and name of webpage you used.
      2. Purpose? (inform, convert, something else?)
      3. Authority? (such as "this is the denomination's official page" or "this is a news blog from a church")
      4. Timeliness? (Usually the date is under the title of the page or at the bottom)
      5. Scope? (Does it provide a small piece of specific info? Or is it trying to cover an overview of everything?)
    2. Second website:
      1. Name of website and name of webpage you used.
      2. Purpose? (inform, convert, something else?)
      3. Authority? (such as "this is the denomination's official page" or "this is a news blog from a church")
      4. Timeliness? (Usually the date is under the title of the page or at the bottom)
      5. Scope? (Does it provide a small piece of specific info? Or is it trying to cover an overview of everything?)