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Biblical Studies: Research Strategies & Insights

A resource guide for the Christian Studies Department

Guide to Warner Library Resources

Why start with Reference Resources?

Begin your research with Reference sources! Reference databases and books provide contextual information about all different topics.  They offer a general understanding that paves the way to a deeper comprehension of a topic. Though great for building background information and filling in information gaps, you should not use them in your final paper.

Listed below are a few reference databases Warner Library subscribes to as well as free reference websites. Be sure to check out the library's large reference book collection located on the main level, in front of the Reference Desk. Make sure to sign into MyAthens if you are located off-campus.

Scholar vs. Trade vs. Popular

This comparison chart will help you identify which journals are appropriate to use when researching.

  

Purpose

Authors

Audience

Examples

Popular

Informal; entertainment; secondary explanation of someone else's research; includes opinions.

Journalists; staff or freelance writers; sometimes articles go un-credited

General public; interested non-specialists.

People; TIME; The New Yorker; National Geographic

Trade

Presents practical information for professionals working in a particular industry; industry news, developments, and trends.

Staff writer or industry specialist

Professionals in the industry field.

American Libraries; PC World; Advertising Age

Scholarly

Reports on the findings of studies and research performed; methodologies; theories; scholarly book reviews.

Subject authorities, expert or specialist (PhD); articles usually peer-reviewed

Scholars, researchers, and students.

Journal of Marketing Research; American Economic Review; Journal of Abnormal Psychology

 

Keys to Searching Success

Boolean Operations...Boolean Search Terms
* Red, shaded portion represents which the search results are displayed


AND

Both words must be present somewhere in the website/article

Results are more specific compared to a search using "or"



OR


Either search term or both
must be present somewhere in the website/article

Returns the GREATEST number of results



NOT


The first search term must be present and it must not inlcude the second term somewhere in the website/article.

Results are LIMITED

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