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TH 4398 - Selected Topics in General Studies in Religion: Theological Perspectives on Violence and Peace: Articles

Resources to support research in Theological Perspectives on Violence and Peace.

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Evaluate Article Relevance & Quality

  • 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?
  • How long is the article?
  • In which journal or periodical was this article published? What is the journal's or magazine's reputation? How do you know?
  • When was the article published? What time period does the research or article cover?
  • Who is the author of the article? What are the author's credentials? What qualifies the author as an expert?
  • What sources are cited in this article?
  • How will this source advance the research project?
  • See Evaluate Information for more criteria.

Journals List

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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Find Theology Articles

To find theology-related articles using the Discover box:

  • Connect your topic by using and to one of the following terms:
    • theolog*
    • religio*
    • Christian*
    • Catholic

At the Advanced Search screen or the Results screen:

  • Check box by "Available in Library Collection

At the Results screen:

  • Check box by Magazines and  by Academic Journals

For consultation with Reference & Instruction Librarian, Prof. Diane Duesterhoeft, schedule a time at https://dduesterhoeft.youcanbook.me/ or email her at dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu 

Database Search Tips

  • Consider what type of information you need and where you might find it.
  • Break your topic into key concepts and identify terms for each concept. Start with fewer words. Less yields more.
  • Don't be too narrow in your search, especially initially.
  • Use Boolean connectors like andorand not to connect keywords. Many databases search the words as a phrase otherwise.
  • In general, avoid using prepositions like "in," "of," and "on."
  • 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.
  • Look at the subject terms or descriptors that are used for articles that appear relevant. Try other searches using those terms.
  • Consult a librarian or your faculty member for additional related terms.
  • Think about which individuals or groups of people or organizations are associated with your topic. These might be additional terms to search.

In Class Exercise

  1. Open an email message.Type TH 4398, your section and your name in the subject line of the email message.
  2. What is your proposed topic?
  3. In the Discover Box to the left, while the "Discover" tab is highlighted in gold, search for an article about your topic. When searching more than one concept, be sure to break your topic into keywords and connect multiple search terms with the word and. Press Search.
  4. What did you type for your search?
  5. Limit your search to items "Available in Library Collection" and "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."
  6. Select a substantial article (not a commentary, editorial, or news story) related to your topic. Skim through the article to get an idea what the article is about. 
  7. Using the "Cite" tool, copy or type the MLA citation information into the email message. You may need to edit this information. 
  8. Consider this article's quality, including criteria listed on the Articles page and Evaluate page. Write one or two sentences about why you would or would not use this article in your researched paper, considering the following:
    • Currency: What year was the article published? Is this relatively current?
    • Reliability: What is the scope of the journal?
    • Authority: What are the author(s)' credentials, especially related to this topic? Are the authors experts in this topic?
  9. Email this information to dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu 

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