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REL 283: Insiders and Outsiders in American Religion

Spring 2012
Doing Research

With so many information sources available online and in print, simply finding information usually isn't the issue. The true research problem lies in finding quality information sources that are appropriate for your topic. Take time to think critically about your research. Have you utilized the best sources for your topic? Do you have a grasp of the literature in your field? Have you thoroughly explored the nuances of your topic and supporting sources? This approach will not only be useful in this class, it will be invaluable as you head into the workforce or further graduate study. As always, give yourself enough time to do your research and have fun with your topics and the places they're taking you!



Personnel:
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu
Sarah Ruble sruble@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Reference Books
    • Dictionary of Feminist Theory
      Columbus: Ohio State UP 1995
      Covers theoretical issues in feminism and is particularly useful for putting them in historical context. Helpful for pinpointing primary documents relating to feminist theory.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 1115 .H86 1995
    • The Women's Chronology: A Year-by-Year Record, from Prehistory to the Present
      New York: Holt 1994
      A listing of brief descriptive entries relating to women through history in chronological order. Entries are marked with symbols indicating the topic area in which they fall. Karen Greenspan's Timetables of Women's History (Ref HQ 1121 .G74 1994) presents tables of historical notes year by year, to lay out the concurrent developments in daily life, science, the arts, religion, occupations, and statecraft. Brief essays on periods are also included.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 1122 .T73 1994
    • Women's Studies Encyclopedia
      Westport, CT: Greenwood 1999 Rev. ed. edition
      Provides short articles on a wide variety of topics.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 1115 .W645 1999
    • Women in World History
      Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications 1999
      A biographical encyclopedia offering entries on 10,000 women from around the world. Includes indexes by era, geography, occupation, and name.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ1115 .W6 1999 (17 vols.)
  • Articles
    • Academic Search Premier
      The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
      1975-present; updated daily
    • America: History and Life
      Indexes literature related to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistorical times to the present. This extensive database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide including all key English-language historical journals, selected historical journals from major countries, and state and local history journals, as well as books, dissertations and book reviews.
      1964-present
    • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
      The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
      1851-4 years ago
    • JSTOR
      Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
      1831-recent years
    • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
      A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
      1997-present; updated weekly
    • Women and Social Movements
      Primary source documents related to the history of women and social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000.
      covers events from 1700-2000
  • Books
    • MnPALS Plus
      The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
    • WorldCat
      Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
      1000 CE-present; updated daily
Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Reference Books
    • American Decades
      Detroit: Gale Research 1994
      Presents social and cultural history in ten-year periods, covering the arts, business, fashion, law, medicine, religion, and more.
      • Location(s): Ref E 169.12 .A419 1994 (10 vols.)
    • Civil Rights in the United States
      New York: Macmillan Reference USA 2000
      Entries include biographical sketches, organizations, legislation, major historical events and terms related to civil rights.
      • Location(s): Ref E184.A1 C47 2000
    • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: the Black Experience in the Americas
      New York: Simon and Schuster Macmillan 2006 2nd edition
      A wide-ranging encyclopedia covering people, places, events, concepts, and topics of all sorts. Articles are written by specialists and have useful bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref E 185 .E54 2006
    • Encyclopedia of African American Religions
      New York: Garland 1993
      Offers substantial articles on people, organizations, churches, and topics such as "preaching and the preacher in African American Religion" and "theology, black." Includes chronology and introductory essays as well as a thorough bibliography.
      • Location(s): Ref BR 563 .E53 1993
    • Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
      Pasadena, California: Salem Press 2000
      Arranged like an encyclopedia, this three-volume set includes entries about theories and terms concerning racial relations, ethnic groups, historical events, current events, current and historical legislation, ethnic participation in the arts, and ethnic organizations.
      • Location(s): Ref E49.R33 2000
  • Articles
    • Academic Search Premier
      The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
      1975-present; updated daily
    • America: History and Life
      Indexes literature related to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistorical times to the present. This extensive database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide including all key English-language historical journals, selected historical journals from major countries, and state and local history journals, as well as books, dissertations and book reviews.
      1964-present
    • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
      The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
      1851-4 years ago
    • JSTOR
      Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
      1831-recent years
  • Books
    • MnPALS Plus
      The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
    • WorldCat
      Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
      1000 CE-present; updated daily
Jerry Falwell
  • Reference Books
    • American Decades
      Detroit: Gale Research 1994
      Presents social and cultural history in ten-year periods, covering the arts, business, fashion, law, medicine, religion, and more.
      • Location(s): Ref E 169.12 .A419 1994 (10 vols.)
    • Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience
      New York: Scribner's 1988
      Contains substantial articles surveying religions, cultural context, issues, and other broad topics, each with a helpful bibliography for further research.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 2525 .E53 1988
    • Encyclopedia of Protestantism
      New York: Routledge 2004
      Covers creeds, cultural and social issues, important people and institutions, theology, and the diverse traditions and faith groups that make up protestantism, both historically and in contemporary times.
      • Location(s): Ref BX 4811.3 .E53 2004
  • Articles
    • Academic Search Premier
      The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
      1975-present; updated daily
    • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
      A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
      1949-present; updated quarterly
    • ProQuest Newsstand
      Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
      1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • Books
    • MnPALS Plus
      The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
    • WorldCat
      Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
      1000 CE-present; updated daily
Other Recommended Religion Resources
  • Reference Books
    • Encyclopedia of Religion
      Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2005 2nd ed. edition
      Covers religions from around the world and through history as well as people and ideas related to religion. The articles are written by experts in their fields and include excellent bibliographies. This new edition includes hundreds of new articles, thoroughly revised coverage of all topics in religion, and a handful of "visual essays" that illustrate visual culture as a significant aspect of religion.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 31 .E46 2005
    • Religion and American Cultures
      Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio 2003
      Coverage in Volume 1 includes the intersection of culture and various religions in American life. Volume 2 addresses how religions approach various topics such as sacred space, the body, and death. Volume 3 contains a variety of primary source material.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 2525 .R448 2003
  • Articles
    • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
      A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
      1949-present; updated quarterly
    • New Testament Abstracts
      New Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The database is an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. The database contains more than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Each year an additional 2,100 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are selected for inclusion. In addition, approximately 800 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985. (description from EBSCOHost)
    • Old Testament Abstracts
      Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978. (description from EBSCOHost)
      1978-present
Additional Library Resources
We've got several additional resources through the library that you might find useful for your research. Check out these webpages for more information.
  • Documenting Your Sources
    Check out this guide to learn about citing sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. A copy of the Chicago Manual of Style is housed on the shelves behind the reference desk.
  • Evaluating Web Sites
    Use our guide to help determine if a web site would be an appropriate and reliable source for your research.
  • Reference Desk
    Visit with librarians at the desk, by phone, email or chat for help with any library or research question. Click on the link for more information about this service.
Contacting Julie
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at jgilber2@gustavus.edu or call x7552.

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