Online Reference Sources
How Do I Find?
Need help navigating our resources? Visit the General Reference Research Guide or contact a librarian (see profile at right).
BOOKS (Use this tab to explore):
Using the OASys Catalog to search Oxy Collections
Trying other library catalogs to find materials outside of Oxy
Learning how to locate books on the shelves (called "stacks")
Using subject headings to execute more precise searches
ARTICLES (Use this tab to explore):
Using databases to find scholarly article citations and full text
Identifying major publications in your subject
Locating online and print journals accessible through Oxy
Topic Finding and Thesis Formation
- Follow your interest.
- Look for tensions, anomalies and unanswered questions.
- What assumptions have been made in previous scholarship surrounding a topic?
- What critical approaches have and haven't been taken with certain topics?
- Narrow or broaden an area of interest, and look for ways you can situate an argument within a larger argument, or in opposition to another argument.
- Look outside of philosophy or religion at other influences and factors that are related to your topic.
- Wikipedia (and other encyclopedias)
- Google (Scholar, Web, Images, Books)
- WorldCat or OxyWorldCat
Writing and Research Resources
The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams. Q180.55.M4 B66 2003
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) guides