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How to Find Relevant Articles and Credible Sources


It is essential to research and understand further your topics when writing. One of the keys to success in writing is understanding what you are writing about. Even in writing poetry, research can be effective in building knowledge and thus making your writing more effective. A well-researched book can be the difference between success and failure.

·         How Do I Know What to Research?- Figuring out what you need to research is essential to writing any research project. If your project is on a broad topic, you might want to find a way to narrow your topic down and do a specific portion of it. For example, if your subject is the Bible in writing poetry, you might want to develop a theme. An example of a theme could be God's Grace. That way, instead of having a broad and possibly erratic collection, you can have a concise collection of related poems.

·         Where Do I Find Sources- There are several places to find resources in my field of biblical poetry. Bookstores, both online and brick-and-mortar, provide many sound resources. The Bible, of course, is a chief resource. Versions I have used are the NIV, KJV, and ESV. The NIV and ESV allow for fair use of books if they fall under guidelines, and the KJV falls under fair use. Commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible Encyclopedia, and Christian Books from credible authors following your topic are also good resources. If you are a student at school, you can use your school library; the same is true if you are an alumni. Logos Bible app is one application I use for its resources and convenience.

·         How Do I Know if a Source is Credible and Appropriate- One of the easiest things to do is check and see if the source's author has qualifications. If they are not qualified, it may not be the best resource. For example, a good book might be All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon if you're looking for something on God's grace. This is an excellent example because Spurgeon is a well-known, respected preacher. Another thing to consider is the appropriateness of the source. A good way of finding if the source is appropriate is to read the summary and the introduction and possibly skim through the chapters or the article to see if it is relevant. This will save you time from reading the whole thing when that is not practical.

·         Where can I Find More Information?-

§  Author: Writing Center University of Arizona

§  Authors: Gail MacKay, Indiana University Kokomo; Barbara Millis, University of Nevada-Reno; Rebecca Brent, Education Designs, Inc.

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