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NSP: The Gospel, the Church, and Inculturation

Tips, hints and search strategies for completing the assigned research paper for this NSP course.

Finding Sources for Your NSP Research Assignment

Professor McCormick requires you to have:

  • 10 pages, double-spaced (New Times Roman 12 pt font)
  • Your paper must include a bibliography of all sources used and be cited using Turabian style

Your paper must examine a contemporary challenge facing the church in a region of Latin America, Africa, or Asia.  The paper must be critical in the sense of employing careful and accurate analysis, evaluation and judgment.

Questions to ask yourself as you begin searching for resources

  1. What do you most want to convey to your reader?
  2. What is the main thesis?
  3. What supporting arguments do you have for your thesis? 

It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. Think about how many books and articles you think you might need to answer the research questions listed above and be able to write a 10 page paper. Planning to gather one or two more than what you think you might need is especially prudent 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!