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Reference works are a good place to find basic and background information on your topic. In the study of religion you will encounter common types of reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases, as well as some specialized types of resources such as concordances, lexicons, and commentaries. Here is a brief guide to types of reference works in religion with examples from the Dulaney-Browne Library collection. [Types of Reference Works in Religion]
The Internet is a powerful resource which makes thousands of times more information accessible at your fingertips than has ever been available to any generation of researchers in history. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Yes, you can type a key term into a search engine and instantly have more sources than would be humanly possible to read. But are they the best sources for your needs?
When using the Internet for research it is important to have a strategy and some criteria in mind. [more...]