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World Religion Resources - Disney: Research Process

Use this guide to assist in research for writing assignments in Prof. Floyd Disney's World Religions Course (PHI 210)

Why Research?

  1. Learn & Get Answers
  2. Make Informed Decisions
  3. Basis for Action
  4. Convince
  5. Assist
  6. Make a Difference

Credibility is worth the effort.

Sources & Perspectives

Many Sources & Perspectives
Converge
On Useful Answers
 
personal opinion
life experience
mentors
friends
internet
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
books
news
magazines
experts
research studies

What's Wrong with Google?

  • she's forgiving
  • she always gets results
  • BUT she's indiscriminating
  • her database = unregulated internet 
  • Why the Library?

    The Information Dating Game
    What's wrong with Google?
    Who's a better "match-maker"?
     
    Internet vs Library Databases
    Internet = UNREGULATED publishing
    Criteria for Evaluating Information
    Dynamic publishing
     
    Print Resources: Range of Credibility
    Types of Print/Information Sources
     
     "Scholarly" Alternatives
    Subscription Databases from LLCC Library
    articles and resources published in print
    print publication lends credibility

    Library Databases: a "BETTER" source for sources

    The Research Process: Learn as you Go (in circles)

    work in connected circles
    progressive - results point to the next step
    momentum - results improve/feed process
    unravelling a mystery
    collect & use CLUES

    Search Interfaces

    common features of search interfaces

     

    search box

    advanced search
    with multiple boxes
    -------------------->
    check in the box to
    find only these
    results
    limiters
    full-text
    scholarly
    peer-reviewed
    by date
    by source
    results list
    sorted by
    TABS/TYPE/FORMAT
    sort by options
    date
    relevance
    author
    source


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