Guide to Research and Writing for the Academic Study of Religion
The Web is a vast network of Web pages linked through the Internet. Each Web page has a unique address called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Understanding certain characteristics of the Web can help make you a more proficient user.
Private vs. Public Web
The Web can be roughly divided into what is called the Private and the Public Web. Both types are still part of the Web but they are not equally accessible.
Many University of Calgary Library sources are considered private Web sources as they are only accessible to students and faculty.
Public Academic Web Resources
The public Web is best used to find reference material, primary sources, statistics, information on governments or organizations, policy papers and current events. While some academic articles can be located through search engines, the private databases are often a better source for identifying relevant academic articles.
Resources that can be found through the public Web:
- Insider texts, diaries, religious texts
Be especially vigilant in checking the accuracy of translation before using
- Religious organization Web sites
See especially the Religious Studies Web Guide for access to freely available articles.
- Reference Tools
e.g. Catholic Encyclopedia. Many of these are older versions whose copyrights have expired.
Listings of books and/or articles. See the Religious Studies Web Guide for subject arranged links to numerous bibliographies.
- Library Catalogues
Individual libraries such as University of Calgary as well as joint catalogues such as COPAC (combined catalogue of a number of University Libraries in Great Britain).
- Teaching and learning material
There is a vast amount of teaching material available on the Web as university and college professors turn to the Web for sharing information with their classes. It is often easy to find syllabi of religious studies courses offered at both our university and other universities, which can be helpful resources for thinking of topics and discovering links to resources you may not have otherwise found.
When to use an Internet tool
TIP - If a particular strategy or tool is not working try another one. Use all the tools available to you and switch back and forth between them all as your search becomes more refined and more informed.
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