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New Age Spirituality AUBG Library Resources Gergana Georgieva Information Literacy Librarian February, 2010
Overview Basic Steps of Library Research Resources and services available How to get help?
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
Identify and develop your topic State your topic as a question. Find keywords that describe your topic Test the keywords
Keywords New Age Movement New Age spirituality Cosmic Humanism Neopaganism Age of Aquarius Alternative Astrological Crystal healing Holistic Mystic Occult Spiritual Supernaturalist
Background information Common background sources Why background sources? How to use background sources effectively? Bibliographies
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
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
Books Why do we consult books? –Authorship –Analysis –Multiple viewpoints –Additional resources
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.
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
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
Databases CEEOL DOAJ EBSCO JSTOR Pro Quest Central
Find Internet resources Search engines http://www.godserver.com Directories http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/N ew_Age/http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/N ew_Age/ http://www.spiritualsearch.net/files/index.cfm?id_rst=60 http://www.spiritfind.net/ Discipline Specific Resources
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
Cite Most common styles of citing –Modern Language Association (MLA) –American Psychological Association (APA)
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
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