This guide is a starting point for research in religious studies at Georgia State University. Click the tabs above to navigate to the various sections of the guide.
Research assistance is available from the Religious Studies Librarian (right column) and from reference library staff.
The following related guides may also be useful to you:
For more information about study and programs in religious studies at Georgia State University, see:
Select a topic that interests you:
Start by choosing a topic that interests you and that you can cover in the time and space required for your project.
Develop a list of search terms:
Compile a list of words, as well as synonyms that describe your topic. Use these words to search for your topic in the Library Catalog and in Article Databases.
Decide whether you need books or articles:
Books may be helpful for background information and for familiarizing yourself with a topic. Articles can provide more current information and typically address a very narrow aspect of a topic. The scope of your assignment will determine what types of sources are best.
Keep a log of your search process:
Keep track of what sources and search terms "work" and which ones do not.
Cite as you go:
Even if you're not sure whether you will use a source, it's much easier to note the citation information up front than to decide you need it later!