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An Initial Introduction to Theology & Religion Resources: Finding Articles

Introductory guide to theological methods and resources.

Search Strategy using Keywords

1)    Determine the Key concepts of your topic

2)    Define your key words / search terms.

3)    Choose your databases and resources

4)    Formulate the search statement

5)    Refine and focus your results

6)    Evaluate and manage the results

7)    Locate the full articles

Boolean Searching

Keyword Searching:

Skip the words "a" "of" and "the"

Single key word, e.g. Transfiguration

Phrase search - when two or more terms are always used together, put them in quotes e.g. "New Testament"

Very broad term = a single term, e.g. Scriptures

Broader yet = add the term "or" between synonyms, e.g., Scriptures or Bible

More refined = add the term "and" between terms to focus your topic, e.g. Gospel and Luke and Emmaus

More refined = use "not", e.g., Mary not Magdalene

Theology Databases

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials PLUS

Articles in Basic Index: Good Starting Place

JSTOR - Search 74 theological periodicals.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature (journals) across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. It includes most peer-reviewed online journals. Use FIND IT@UST Libraries to get the full-text if not available in Google Scholar.

Google Scholar Search

Off-Campus Access

With very few exceptions, UST Libraries resources are available from off-campus.  You will be asked to enter your UST username/password.  This is the username you use for your UST email, not your Banner ID. 

CLICsearch - Audio search

Introduction to CLICsearch

Learn to use CLICsearch, St. Thomas Libraries' single search discovery that allows you to find thousands of resources using a single search box.

GET IT

Click the GET IT button in any database to get the full text of an article.  If UST Libraries doesn't own it, you'll be given an option to request it from another library

More information

InterLibrary Loan

Request books, articles, and other items not available at UST. Visit the InterLibrary Loan page for more info.


 

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Why use periodicals?

Periodicals are useful for three primary reasons:  they...

- provide a wealth of valuable information that is current and timely
- contain the latest discussions on a topic
- cover topics not yet published in book form

Periodicals are created for different audiences. Some are for general readers and others for scholars and researchers.

Although the terms periodical, journal, serial and magazine have slightly different definitions, you will likely hear them used interchangeably. These are works that come out on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, annually) and contain articles written by various authors.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal.There are anonymous and open reviews.