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NSP: Saints, Sinners & Senators

Strategies & tips for locating resources for your research project

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professors Golden and Papsdorf require you to:

  • Write a 10-12 page paper, typed, double-spaced examining an issue related to the issues studied in class, using the methods of both history and theology.
  • While you are free to explore and develop a topic of your choosing, consider one of these themes.
    • Pax Romana and Early Christianity
    • Family and Sex
    • Church and State
    • Religion
    • Education and Vocation
    • Virtue and Dignity (Virtus et Dignitas)
  • How do you view your topic in light of the development of Christianity in the early Roman Empire? How can your primary sources and secondary sources help to explore your topic, develop your analysis and support your conclusions?

 It's always wise to collect more sources than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!


Important Deadlines to Keep in Mind:

  • March 15: Identify a topic or question
  • March 29: Turn in a working thesis statement and bibliography
    • Identify no fewer than five additional resources beyond your textbooks and class handouts. Please make these reliable sources.  Reliable sources include monographs, refereed journal articles, etc.
  • April 17: Smooth draft of no fewer than 5-8 pages
  • May 3: Final draft due