Research Project Guide

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Research Project Guide
Format
The paper is to be double spaced, left justified, one inch margins, written in Times New Roman 12.
The paper is to be 10-12 pages long.
References to sources are to be made using the same format throughout the paper. Most students are accustomed to MLA. The key to success in this aspect of the project is consistency.
There is to be a “Works Cited” section at the end of the paper (not included in the 10-12 page length) that indicates primary and secondary sources actually referenced in the body of the paper.
Sources
Both primary (the Bible, ancient writings, apocryphal gospels, etc.) and secondary sources (books, articles about the primary sources) are to be used.
There is a minimum of six sources required. The required texts may not be used as a source but recommended texts may be used.
Both books and articles should be utilized as secondary sources for this project.
Secondary sources should be of an academic nature.
Internet sources are fine as long as they are academic sources for example, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Internet sources must be of an academic nature and must be drawn from the Hannon Library databases. The ATLA Religion Database a useful place to start your research. For this students should use LibGuides.
A good Internet site for research is http://catholic-resources.org
Another good Internet research site is http://www.ntgateway.com
Topic Ideas
Explore one of the areas presented in class but as it is expressed in a religious tradition other than Judaism or Christianity e.g. “Peace In The Buddhist Tradition.”
Biblical-Historical Studies
Babylonian Exile
Monarchy in Ancient Israel
The immigrant, orphan, and widow in ancient Israel
The Canaanites
The Samaritans
Slavery in the Bible
Women in the Bible
Social Justice in the Prophets of Israel
War and violence the the Bible
Theological Studies focusing on the use of the Bible
Liberation Theology
Feminist Theology
Contemporary
The Bible in “Justice” Literature (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”)
The Bible in speeches of rights activists e.g. Martin Luther King
The Bible in movies with social justice themes (e.g. Romero)

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