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Mr. Slatery's class will be examining alternative religions.
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Religions for Study

Please choose one:

Snake Handlers

Hare Krishnas
Chrisitian Scientists

Jehovah's Witnesses

Unification Church, Moonies


Getting Started

Good research begins like any other projects that require information gathering-the first step is to spend a bit of time thinking about your topic. If you haven't read some basic facts on your subject matter, then please take a moment and read at least one reputable specialized encyclopedia article from  EBSCO's Religion and Philosophy database or Gale's Encyclopedia of  Religion. This will lead you to the basic who, what, when, why, and where of your topic; and these will further aid you in coming up with keywords. Note these keywords on a document and keep up with them.

Without knowledge of these basic keywords, it will be near impossible to find useful electronic resources from online databases. This is simply because the words and phrases used by database providers to index information may not be the same word (or words) as your topic. Therefore, the more ways you have of describing your topic, the better your chances are of uncovering useful database information. 

For example, if you are researching Snake Handling, then some possible keywords might be a combination of the following words and phrases: 

  • Dewey Chafin
  • Pentecostalism
  • Southern Appalachian region
  • George Hensley
  • Church history
  • Church of God Cleveland, Tennessee.


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