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REL 105: Religious Literacy - Trainor (Spring 2022)

Welcome to the Library!

This research guide is designed to help you find sources for the Research Paper and Oral Presentation.

Research Strategies

Strategy One: Start with Known Items

Start your research by consulting materials on a topic that your have used in class or that have been recommended to you by your professor.

  • Review the footnotes and bibliography for additional books to consult.
  • Look the book up in the UVM Library Catalog and see what other books share the same "subject."

Strategy Two: Browsing

When you are looking for books on the shelves of the Howe Library, look at the books near the book you went to look for. Books on similar topics are shelved together and you will often find excellent materials by browsing the shelves in this way. Pro tip: CATQuest has a virtual browse feature.

Strategy Three: Cast a Wide Net

Cast a wide net. Use a variety of databases and library catalogs as you look for resources and use Interlibrary Loan to get materials that UVM does not own.

Strategy Four: Keep Track

Take notes on where you search for materials and what you find.