>> A Sample Search
The following is a sample search on a current-interest topic, Islam, which is meant to illustrate the research process in action.
Begin by narrowing your topic: Islam and terrorism.
Articulate a thesis/claim: Islam does/does not condone acts of terrorism.
Begin your research by finding background information on your topic. Use the Library Catalog to find reference works on Islam.
A good general introduction appears in: Encyclopedia Britannica ("Islam," v. 22, pp. 1-43, with bibliography)
Other relevant reference sources (all in the first-floor Reference Area): Atlas of the World's Religions ("Islam," pp. 170-195) Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey The New Encyclopedia of Islam The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam
Additional resources are also available in the main collection on the third floor: The Encyclopedia of Religion ("Islam," v. 7, pp. 303-464, with bibliography) World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained ("Islam," pp. 160-177) The Meaning of the Glorious Qur'an The Glorious Koran: Bilingual Edition
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