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Research Process, Part II – Sources

Click here for Part I: Choosing a research topic Sometimes I have a very clear idea of my project before I start looking for articles, books, and other materials to support my argument. More often, though, I have a general idea of my topic and then do a catalog search in an academic/university library. Tip: many…

Image Copyright Clare Miller 2004

Research Process, Part I – Choosing a Topic

I mentioned in my January update post that I’m starting work on a project for publication. I thought it might be helpful to me, and hopefully some of my readers, to write about my research and writing processes as I go through them. My intention with this series of posts is to: Think through my…

Review of J. Cheah “Race and Religion in American Buddhism”

Thanks to Nova Religio for both providing me the opportunity to read this book, and then publishing the review! If you have an institutional subscription to Nova Religio, please consider downloading it there. However if you’re in a similar situation as I am currently – no institutional access – you may download the PDF below.  [gview file=”https://claire.skriletz.net/files/2014/10/Cheah_RaceAndReligioninAmericanBuddhism_published.pdf”]

Reading strategies, part two

Now that I’ve gathered several sets of guidelines and critical reading strategies, it’s time to figure out what to do with them (i.e. how to apply them to what I’m reading). I’ve already started reading Manuel Vásquez’s More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion, so I’m going to take a step or two back.…

Reading Strategies, part one

Although I’m not a grad student anymore, I still often feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading I “need” to do. Part of that comes from having an interest in multiple disciplines, and having an expectation that I “need” to be an expert in all of those areas in order to make use of them.…

Open the gates! Or, online open-access journals

As I’m thinking through my next research project, I’m coming up against a hurdle I hadn’t completely expected – access to a main source of scholarly research, namely, journals. This is something that as a student I took for granted. When I inquired at my (former) university’s library about continued access as an alumni, I…