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When searching primarily for journal articles (some books are also indexed):

When searching primarily for books:

  • In order to find books in the library, you can browse the shelves or you can use the new Library Search (see below). If you’re only interested in what is located at the HoneyRock Library, after you input your search, look for the Location filter on the lefthand side and select “HoneyRock Library, Wisconsin.” To limit to ebooks or other online content, look for the Availability > “Available online” filter.



  • USE Google.  Limit your searches in Google to include only organizational sites by including "" with your keywords when searching. 

Whether you start in a specific database or with Google Scholar, the best research strategy is to use the iterative research process.  This process is one where you perform multiple searches, refining your research criteria based on what you find.  Each iteration will take you closer to your desired goal. 

Consider installing and using Zotero, software that you can use to organize your citations and help with writing and citing.

Resources to help you evaluate information you find:

Use the CRAAP Test for evaluating resources

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

Steps and Guidelines for effectively evaluating websites. (From UC-Berkeley)

Consult the Qualitative Research Guide

The Guide provides:

  • An overview of qualitative research including data collection techniques and data analysis.
  • How to use qualitative software like QDA Miner lite, easy to use software for coding and data analysis. 
    • QDA Miner lite is FREE "lite" version of a flagship product.  Although designed to run on a PC, you can use free software to create an app that will run on a MAC.  You will find installation information in the guide.
  • Other FREE software like Tams Analyzer, developed specifically for the MAC, is available but is more difficult to learn than QDA Miner lite.

Consult these resources to help you write your literature review.

Short 3-minute video explaining how to synthesize literature when writing a literature review

The Wheaton College writing center (located on the 1st floor of Buswell Library) has resources to help you with writing and formatting your paper.

Zotero is a reference manager that can not only hell you organize your research resource but it can also help you with formatting in-text citations and your bibliography.

Citation style guides

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

One particular book that is a must read for multiple courses is Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us (2015) by Adele Calhoun. We have it available through the following link. Please contact Steve Oberg if you need any help with accessing it.