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Step-by-Step Guide & Research Rescue: Judaism

This guide will help you understand how to efficiently and effectively do basic research.

Step 1. Locate Judaism Background Information

This guide leads you through the research process for Academic Freedom topics. For general tips on the research process, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.

Related Subject Guides - Religion and History--World


For Specialized print encyclopedias, use the Social Sciences/Education Reference collection, Level 1 and the Religion/Family History Reference collection, Level 2:

  • A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People (Soc Sci Ref DS 116 .A54 2003)
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica (Soc Sci Ref DS 102.8 .E496 2007) - available online through Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Encyclopedia of Jewish History (Soc Sci Ref DS 114 .E53 1986)
  • Encyclopedia of Judaism (Rel/Fam Hist Ref BM 50 .E63 1999)
  • Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Soc Sci Ref DS 124 .M386 2003)
  • Encyclopedia of Jewish Life: Before and During the Holocaust (Soc Sci Ref DS 135 .E8 E45 2001)
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (Rel/Fam Hist Ref BM 50 .O94 1997)

For Specialized online encyclopedias, use the following databases. For subject specific background resources, use the Religion Subject Guide and the History--World Subject Guide.

Step 2. Develop & Narrow Your Topic

After reading Background Resources, you should be able to fill out the following "From Topic to Research Focus" formula.  NOTE: This is NOT the same as your Thesis Statement.  Your Thesis Statement is developed after you read Research Materials about your issue/question, determine your stance, and decide how you will present your attitude/angle/argument. For examples of how to use the "From Topic to Research Focus" rubric, click on the Develop and Narrow Topic tab at the top of this page.

1)  I am researching ______________________________________ (topic)
2)  because I want to find out _______________________________  (issue/question)
3)  in order to ____________________________________________ (application)

Organize your Research Focus into concepts: identify terms, think of synonyms, and organize them using this chart.

(Concept 1) _______________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 1)

AND (Concept 2) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 2)

AND (Concept 3) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 3)

Step 3. Find Research Materials for Judaism topics

For Books use the Books & More search to find specific titles from the bibliographies you noted above. Use the Books & More - Advanced Search to find additional books on your issue question. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box.

For Articles use the Articles & More - Advanced Search selecting Collection: Religion & Family History. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box. Click Go to begin the search. Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. Click the Full Text Available and Check for Full Text to view the entire article.

To retrieve additional articles, connect to the databases linked below, or select them from Databases A-Z in the Databases & Journals box on the Library Home Page. Depending on how you have narrowed your subject, other databases listed on the Religion Subject Guide and the History--World Subject Guide may also be appropriate.

Steps 4 & 5: Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper

For tips on Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.