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SMC 1314 - Foundations of Reflection: God: Exercise

Resources for the SMC 1314 Foundations of Reflection: God core curriculum course.

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Looking for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper?

Use Journals List to search for the title of a journal, magazines, or newspaper and tell if the library offers online access or print access to that publication.

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Database Search Tips

  • Think about your question.
  • Break it into key concepts and identify terms for each concept. Start with fewer words. Less yields more.
  • Think about which individuals or groups of people or organizations are associated with your topic. These might be additional terms to search.
  • Consider what type of information you need and where you might find it.
  • Use Boolean connectors like and, or, and not to connect keywords. Many databases search the words as a phrase otherwise.
  • Truncation characters such as an * (asterisk) can expand your search by retrieving various forms of a word, e.g., comput* retrieves computer, computers, computing, computation, etc.

Evaluating Article Relevance

  • Look at subject terms applied to relevant articles. Did you find additional articles by searching these subject headings?
  • Which terms or search strategies yielded the best results?
  • Look at the abstract. Are there additional keyword terms you might search?
  • Don't be too narrow in your search, especially initially.
  • How long is the article?
  • Who is the author of the article?
  • In which journal or periodical was this article published?

In Class Exercise

Make note of your responses to the following so you can present your findings to your classmates:

  1. What is your proposed topic?
  2. Search for an article about your topic by searching in the Discover Box to the left, while the "Discover" tab is highlighted. 
  3.  When searching more than one concept, be sure to break your question into keywords and connect your search terms with the word and.
  4. What did you type for your search?
  5. Limit your search to items "Available in Library Collection." 
  6. Select a research article related to your topic. Get an idea what the article is about by skimming through the article. 
  7. Click on the article or item title to view the full item record. Under Tools in the right column, note the Cite tool to generate your citation. Copy or type the Chicago/Turabian Author-Date citation information. You may need to edit this information. 
  8. In a sentence or two, what did you learn from this article that you didn't previously know? Write this in your own words.
  9. Consider this article's quality, including criteria listed in the box to the left and on the Evaluate page. Write one or two sentences about why you would or would not use this article, considering currency, reliability, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
  10. Considering the article's relevance to your topic, how will this article advance your research?
  11. Note one thing you learned in this session.
  12. Note one thing you wish you had learned in this session.

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