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RELG 398: Senior Thesis Seminar (HC)

Religion 398: Senior Thesis Seminar Part I (Wiley)

Finding Books

Use TRIPOD BOOKS AND MORE  to find books, journals (but not articles within them), and videos owned by the Tri-College libraries.

Use WorldCat to find books not held by the Tri-College libraries.

In order to find books in either catalog, search for topics in the following ways:

       Keyword Search:

E.g.,     (ritual* OR religio*) AND anthropology   [Use the asterisk to get root words with different endings- religion and religious.  Use capitals for OR and AND to build subject groups]

             "rite* of passage"    [Put phrases in quotation marks to get results only with the words together]

(See the Search Tips tab for more information on how to construct keyword searches.)


 Subject Search:

E.g.,     Rites and ceremonies

             Religion and culture

         (Use the Browse Books & More link to find additional subject headings.)

Dissertations and Theses

Religion Compass

This journal is devoted to the study of religion, and all of the articles are written in the form of literature reviews.  Specialists analyze the issues involved in a particular question and discuss individual books, journal articles, and other scholarship that are essential for research in that area.  Browse or search the journal website for overviews related to your research topic.  The bibliographies accompanying articles in Religion Compass will lead you to relevant  sources for further reading.  Other Compass titles, like History Compass and Literature Compass, may have useful articles as well.

If you don't find a relevant literature review in History Compass, check for titles in Dissertations and Theses (see below).  Most doctoral students will write a chapter of their dissertation in which they survey the available scholarship on their topic.

Using Catalogs

Don't forget!

Get yourself to the STACKS! Physically browsing books will help you greatly expand your research area. Sometimes you can use the books you find in the stacks to explore their index, and lead yourself to new resources. 

Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Oxford Bibliographies Online lay out the interpretations of various issues within a particular field of study (like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islamic Studies) and evaluate the importance of individidual books and journal articles in the form of an annotated bibliography.  OBO gives you the benefit of expert advice when beginning a research project and when needing to learn more about a specificquestion. 

See essays like these below for some relevant examples:

           Apocalypticism and Messianism

           Shi'i Islam

           Early Christianity

           Buddhism in the West