You'll get much higher quality search results if you plan your searches carefully instead of just throwing a few words into a search box. A successful Search Strategy involves knowing both where to search and how to search.
In searching databases you need to be aware of variations in the spelling of words, especially those transliterated from other writing systems. Here are a few examples:
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
Journals concerning world religion subscribed to or with articles that can be accessed via library databases:
Traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, African Religions, American Indian Religions, Paganism, Folk Religions
Subjects: Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; and theology, philosophy, and ethics
Publication Types: Scholarly journals, religion magazines, multi-author books, books
Document Types: Scholarly articles, magazine articles, essays, books, book reviews
Dates: Publication dates run from the early 1800s to the present
Languages: 55% English, 8% German, 5% French, 1% Spanish, 1% Italian, 30% other
Below are a few examples of how to construct search phrases. Search phrases are in bold, with explanations bulleted.
hinduism and renunciation
hinduism or india
christianity n5 gnosticism
buddha w8 japan
Combining Search Terms
You can combine search phrases to create complex keyword searches.
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.