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Introduction to Theological Research

This research guide is intended to supplement instruction in the DIVI 9049: Introduction to Theological Research course and to support students' research efforts throughout Divinity School.


This research guide is intended to supplement instruction in DIVI 9049: Introduction to Theological Research.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the basic process of academic research.
  2. Students will understand how to use library resources and services effectively.
  3. Students will recognize what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
  4. Students will be able to compile and manage bibliographies.
  5. Students will gain familiarity with the standard resources for study in the theological disciplines.

Theological Research Requires...

  1. Community- Enlarge the community with whom you consult.  Be open to "conversation partners" from different cultures and from different timelines.
  2. Humility- Seek help when needed from Dr. Hogan, your other professors, or the librarians.
  3. Generosity of Spirit- Give authors the benefit of the doubt within the classroom and without.
  4. Boldness- You will be called to take a stance (write a thesis) and defend it. 
  5. Honesty-  Avoid plagiarism.  If this occurs in Divinity School, realize your errancy, admit the problem, and accept the consequences.

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