Research Process: D.A.R.E.U.?
Determine the nature and extent of information needed to accomplish your specific purpose so truth can be realized and understanding deepened.
Access necessary information in various formats strategically and effectively.
Approach research as inquiry, converse with scholars you agree and disagree with as part of the research process, and ruminate upon discoveries.
Choose sources critically and incorporate analyzed information into project and knowledge base.
Access, share, create, and cite information ethically and legally, understanding that information has value.
Topic: (think what, why, where, who, when, how)
I am studying...
Because I want to find out...
So that I can help others understand...
Why I would not cite Wikipedia in a paper:
Wikipedia does not expect you to trust them
Consider JABS (Journal, Author, Bib, Source, Abstract)
When evaluating websites, take into consideration the following:
EWU provides two services (Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Summit) through which you can borrow materials from other libraries that are not available at EWU.
Interlibrary loan takes up to 5 days for articles and up to 7-10 days for books.
See here for more info: https://research.ewu.edu/ill
Use RefWorks, an online bibliographic citation manager provided for your use by our library.
Help with RefWorks or citation formatting
Try citation chasing. Find a relevant article and then look for other sources from its bibliography.
This guide covers how to do library research generally, and what types of resources are available for each course offered in EWU's Religion Minor specifically.
Visit the link below to learn more about the Religion Minor EWU offers.
Search our introductory, general, and specialized databases for your research by subject, type of database, vendor, or title by clicking the link above.
Not sure what database would have articles on your topic? Try searching all the EBSCOhost databases.
Library Linking to Google Scholar
Navigate to Google Scholar
From menu, select Settings
Next, select “Library Links”
Open WorldCat includes everything that is freely available
Type in Eastern Washington University, select this option and save it
Now when you are searching you can link to our library’s holdings from GS.
|B5800-5802||Philosophy. By Religion.|
|BL||Religions. Mythology. Rationalism|
|BP||Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.|
Library of Congress Subject Headings are controlled vocabulary terms you can use when searching the library catalog or databases, as this is how resources related to these topics will be indexed usually. There are broader, narrower, and related terms associated with each of these. Visit here or here to search for your own, and here to browse through an alphabetical list.
Here are some general subject headings related to religious studies:
|Religious Life||God (Islam)||God (Christianity)|
|Church history||Taoism||God (Judaism)|
Choose Subject Headings
Use Boolean Operators: Narrow, broaden, or exclude terms in your search
The AND operator retrieves only records that have all of the search terms included in the record. You want to use this operator to narrow or limit a search. e.g. religion AND faith; religion AND Sikhism
The OR operator retrieves all records that contain one or both of the search terms. Use this operator to expand a search. e.g. religion OR faith; religion OR belief system
The NOT operator eliminates records that contain specific search terms. Use this operator to limit a search, however be careful! You may unintentionally eliminate results from your search that may be useful. e.g. religion NOT spirituality
Use NEAR/n to find records in proximity (faith NEAR/3 practice)
Use SAME to find terms in same line
Nesting Search Technique: Narrow or broaden your search
(religion OR faith) AND (culture OR society)
religion AND culture
religion AND society
faith AND culture
faith AND society
Parentheses force order of processing
Phrase Searching: Narrow your search
Type a phrase with quotes so this exact phrase will be found in the results.
For example, “eternal life” will return results where ”eternal life” is written in the article or source.
Truncation Search Technique: Broaden your search
Truncation is also used when you are unsure of a spelling or want to retrieve plurals. The common truncation symbol across the databases is the "*". What the * does is it begins searching for any words that begin with the letters you've typed, but may end in many different ways. It looks something like this:
A search for theolog* will return results for theology, theologian, theologizing, etc.
Wildcard Search Technique: Broaden your search
Wildcards are used when you are unsure of a particular spelling or if there are alternate spellings of your search term. The most common wildcard symbol across databases is the "?". The wildcards work a little different within each database, but the common function looks something like this:
A search for col?r will return records containing color, colour, etc.
Facets or Limiters: Broaden your search
Narrow by publication year
Narrow by choosing FT
Narrow by selecting Scholarly/Peer-reviewed
Narrow by subjects
Narrow by language, region, etc.