Foundational Elements of Academic Research and Writing

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARW 6027 1.00

We begin by covering important information about how to utilize library resources and conduct research using the wealth of catalogs and online databases available to the CIIS community. We explore what constitutes primary and secondary sources, particularly in the field of women’s spirituality, and what distinguishes appropriate from inappropriate Internet resources for use in scholarly research. We review the WSE program’s research paper guidelines and rubrics, which include clear templates for the structure of a paper, as well as instructions on format and footnoting. We discuss what constitutes doing “original” research, and we clarify how to distinguish and do such original research as opposed to simply reporting on the literature that is already out there.

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