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1 New Age Spirituality AUBG Library Resources Gergana Georgieva Information Literacy Librarian February, 2010

2 Overview Basic Steps of Library Research Resources and services available How to get help?

3 The 7 Steps of Research Identify and develop your topic Find background information Use the online catalog to find books Find periodicals articles (print and electronic) Find Internet resources Evaluate what you have found Cite what you find using a standard format for your bibliography

4 Identify and develop your topic State your topic as a question. Find keywords that describe your topic Test the keywords

5 Keywords New Age Movement New Age spirituality Cosmic Humanism Neopaganism Age of Aquarius Alternative Astrological Crystal healing Holistic Mystic Occult Spiritual Supernaturalist

6 Background information Common background sources Why background sources? How to use background sources effectively? Bibliographies

7 Background information - print New Age encyclopedia : a guide to the beliefs, concepts, terms, people, and organizations that make up the new global movement toward spiritual development, health and healing, higher consciousness, and related subjects / J. Gordon Melton, Jerome Clark and Aidan A. Kelly. Ref BP605.N48 M4 1990

8 Background information - electronic Encyclopedia Britannica Oxford Reference Online The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion A Dictionary of Hinduism The Oxford Dictionary of IslamA Dictionary of Hinduism The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

9 Books Why do we consult books? –Authorship –Analysis –Multiple viewpoints –Additional resources

10 Books - print On-line catalog New Age movement. New Age movement -- Dictionaries. New Age movement -- United States -- History. Spirituality Spirituality -- History. Spirituality -- Social aspects. Spirituality -- United States -- History.

11 Books - electronic Ebrary New Age Religion and Western Culture : Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular ThoughtNew Age Religion and Western Culture : Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? Contemporary Spiritualities : Social and Religious ContextsContemporary Spiritualities : Social and Religious Contexts Experience of God : A Postmodern Response

12 Find periodicals articles - electronic Electronic Journals Portal –Journal of religion, spirituality & aging –Journal of spiritual formation & soul care –Journal of spirituality and paranormal studies –Journal of spirituality in mental health –Spiritual life (Washington) –Spiritus

13 Databases CEEOL DOAJ EBSCO JSTOR Pro Quest Central

14 Find Internet resources Search engines Directories ew_Age/http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/N ew_Age/ Discipline Specific Resources

15 Evaluate S – Scope – are all aspects of the topic covered T – Treatment – is the information free from bias A – Authority – are the authors qualified to provide this information R – Relevance – does it address your topic T – Timeliness – Is the information current for your purpose

16 Cite Most common styles of citing –Modern Language Association (MLA) –American Psychological Association (APA)

17 Searching: How to be Effective? Narrow your search –Be more specific –Use phrases –Add a discriminating or qualifying word or phrase Broaden your search –Use lower case –Use truncation

18 Ask a Librarian At Reference/Circulation desk Monday-Friday By Virtual Reference - Meebo By phone: /354 And more …

19 Thank you! Contact us: Tel.: (73) /354


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