Advanced Library Research Methods

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Instructors: Erin Shafer & Michael Hemenway

Office Hours:

Erin will be offering four appointment slots on Tuesdays from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  To schedule an appointment, please go here. If these times don't work for you, please email Erin to request a different time at .

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare DMin students for research processes appropriate for doctoral-level research projects.  It will introduce DMin students to the information resources available to them through Iliff’s Taylor Library and the University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons, as well as various tools to assist in their research. It will also provide a space for DMin students to work on the required literature review for the program.

Course Design (Use Modules ):

Once the course is fully built, please use the modules page as your guide through the coursework and lecture content. The course schedule below is set up to show just your main tasks throughout the course.

  1. Formulate a manageable research question;
  2. Use the library catalog and other databases to find information resources;
  3. Identify and evaluate information resources in terms of reliability and relevance;
  4. Use bibliographic software to organize information resources;
  5. Take useful research notes;
  6. Use note-taking software to organize research notes
  7. Complete a literature review

Required Texts:

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J., & Fitzgerald, W. T. (2016). The Craft of Research . (Fourth Edition.). University of Chicago Press. ( Available electronically via the library catalog.) ISBN: 9780226239569.

Vyhmeister, N. J., & Robertson, T. D. (2014). Your guide to writing quality research papers: For students of religion and theology. (Third edition.). Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310514022.
NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that the third edition is difficult to find. You may use the fourth edition instead. The chapter numbers are different in this edition so please be aware of what chapter you should be reading for the week.
Sep 16, 2021ThuResearch Question Case Studiesdue by 05:50AM
Sep 16, 2021ThuResearch Question Activity due by 05:59AM
Sep 23, 2021ThuSearch Habit Reflectiondue by 05:59AM
Sep 25, 2021SatChallenging Bias in Searchdue by 05:59AM
Sep 27, 2021MonOfficial Research Question due by 05:59AM
Sep 30, 2021ThuSubject Headings vs. Keywords Search Activity due by 05:59AM
Oct 04, 2021MonDatabase as Source due by 05:59AM
Oct 07, 2021ThuZotero Install and Configurationdue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2021MonBibliographic Software Activity due by 05:59AM
Oct 14, 2021ThuEvaluating Resources Discussion due by 05:59AM
Oct 23, 2021SatMeet with Project Directordue by 05:59AM
Oct 25, 2021MonAnnotated Bibliography due by 05:59AM
Oct 28, 2021ThuResearch Notes Sampledue by 05:59AM
Nov 04, 2021ThuDigital Methodologies Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Nov 11, 2021ThuCultivating Diverse Voices in Your Researchdue by 06:59AM
Nov 13, 2021SatAdding Perspectives to Your Literature Reviewdue by 06:59AM
Nov 18, 2021ThuLiterature Review Lightning Talkdue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatLiterature Reviewdue by 06:59AM