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GLOS 1190

GLOS 1190: World Religions

This page was created to help MCTC students in World Religions 1190 (online section 29) locate resources for research assignments.
Last updated 1/9/2012.

Instructor: Ranae Hanson
Instructor: Matthew Palombo

Table of Contents:

Where can I find online encyclopedias with overviews of topics in world religions?

NOTE: From off campus, you will need to log in to the individual e-books or collections below with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345] with your last name as your password.

An electronic reference book collection of subject encyclopedias, handbooks and guides, covering many subject disciplines. The full text (including graphics) of each encyclopedia article is available online.

Video tutorials:
Basic Searching

Advanced Searching

Using GVRL Citation Tools

You can search the entire collection of online encyclopedias, or click on a subject (e.g., Religion) to see individual searchable encyclopedias such as the ones listed below. Look at the title of the encyclopedia to get an idea of the context they will be using when discussing the topic. Note, the listed encyclopedias are some examples of the varied perspectives on world religion topics available in this database.

A full-text online reference service that includes content from more than 390 titles from 60+ reference publishers. The collection includes a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare, and law to literature.

Where can I find books on my topic?

To find books about your research topic, use the MCTC college library catalog. The MCTC Library has access to several collections of e-books that can be accessed online. E-books from collections in NetLibrary, Gale Virtual Reference, and Greenwood Ebooks are available through the MCTC library catalog.

If you are off campus, you will need to log in when you click on an e-book, with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345], and your password (your last name).

Use the online catalog to search for books (and other resources such as DVDs, videos, & CDs). The catalog includes items physically located in the MCTC library, as well as online resources such as e-books.

Video tutorials:
All About Books

Basic Searching

Advanced Searching

Author Title Publisher Searching

Searching the catalog will bring up a result list of both print and online books. Use the limiters on the left side of the results screen under Format to select Electronic Book, to retain only e-books in your results.

Suggested subject keywords (or come up with your own search words relating to your topic):

Or search by the name of the religion (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc.)

Collection of over 12,500 full text, fully searchable electronic books from all subject areas including over 3,400 older "public domain" works. The recent ebooks are also available through the library catalog.

An e-book collection of over 43,000 e-books in a broad range of subjects, by publishers including: Brill, Cambridge, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Johns Hopkins University Press, MIT, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave-MacMillan, and more.

Currently (Spring 2012) these books can only be accessed via Ebrary. They are not included in the MCTC library catalog at this time.

Where can I find magazine & journal articles?

NOTE: From off campus, you will need to log in to the databases with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345] with your last name as your password.

With coverage spanning virtually every area of academic study, this database provides full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals.

Video tutorials:
Subject Term Searching

Keyword Searching

Quick Guide to Searching

View or print this brief guide to searching in Academic Search Premier.

Includes over 4,200 indexed titles, over 2,500 of which are full-text and many are peer-reviewed, - in all disciplines including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology.

Similar to Academic Search Premier, your results may be limited to full text, and/or to peer-reviewed (academic) articles.

Where can I find resources on current events, news, and journalism?

The perfect place to begin research on current topics. Includes complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. The basic CQ search screen includes a search of CQ Global Researcher.

Browsing CQ Researcher: a basic overview of the CQ Researcher and advice on how to search for topics, from the MCTC librarians.

Searching CQ Researcher Tutorial

Full-text of over 750 newspapers from the United States and around the world. Coverage begins in the 1980's and 1990's.

Both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press may be searched individually. (The Pioneer Press only goes back to April 21, 2010, while the Star Tribune goes back to 1986.)

Video tutorials:


ProQuest's Historical New York Times database offers full-text and article images beginning with the first issue.

Where can I find good quality Internet resources?

The following are in alphabetical order:

Searchable Jewish and Islamic religious texts

Where can I find help in citing my sources?

You will need to document your sources using MLA citation style guidelines.

EasyBib can help you cite your sources (websites, articles, books, and more) in both APA and MLA formats. Create an account and use EasyBib to generate a works cited list or bibliography, organize a topical outline, and take research notes.

Video tutorial: EasyBib Bibliography Creation

This guide demonstrates how to prepare citations for the types of sources most often included in a list of works cited, including both print and electronic resources.

How can I get more help finding resources for my topic?

Library Help

Reference Services
For assistance with electronic and print resources, creating citations, and locating resources for your research assignments, please contact reference services. Reference services are available in person at the library's reference desk, and through our ‘Ask a Librarian’ page.

Circulation Services
For help with interlibrary loans, off campus access, or your library account, please stop by the circulation desk or contact us phone (612-659-6290) or email.

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