1.) BREAK YOUR TOPIC INTO SEVERAL KEYWORDS AND CREATE SEARCH STRINGS (YOU WILL NEED TO CONSTRUCT MULTIPLE SEARCHES)
I wish to explore how war is discussed from a Christian viewpoint
A particular war? Vietnam, Gulf War, World War I?
What denomination of Christianity? Baptist, Protestant?
What viewpoint? Ethically? Morally? Politically?
Morality AND War AND Christianity
War AND Politics AND Baptist AND Religion
Violence AND Ethics AND Baptist
Violence AND Morality AND Christianity
2.) USE THE REFERENCE WORKS TAB TO FIND AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OR DICTIONARY ENTRY ON YOUR TOPIC
This will list citations for books and journal articles, as well as help you formulate your thesis.
3.) SEARCH THE LIBRARY CATALOGS WITH YOUR KEYWORDS
* pay attention to subject headings
4.) SEARCH THE DATABASES WITH YOUR KEYWORDS
* pay attention to subjects
5.) DEVELOP THESIS FROM COLLECTED SOURCES OR START PROCESS OVER AGAIN WITH NEW TOPIC
Think about how you will collect and organize the citations you discover during the research process.
Citation management is a crucial step in the research process.
I highly suggest using a citation management program - a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
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