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BIBL 105 - Old Testament Survey: Getting Started

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to the Old Testament.

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First Steps to Success

Always carefully read the assignment instructions and make sure you understand them. Many times you will be told how to organize your paper, and what information sources you may, or may not, use. Contact your instructor for any clarification.

As you use information sources, you want to be sure to properly cite them. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense with serious consequences, yet it is easily avoided.

Here are a few common errors to avoid when citing sources:

  • Only cite when directly quoting a source - You must quote when you paraphrase, summarize or directly quote another work.
  • Using one footnote per paragraph - Use a footnote as often as you reference another work, even if it results in multiple footnotes per paragraph.
  • Using footnotes for Bible references - Bible references should be cited parenthetically, e.g. (Genesis 1:1).

The University's Writing Center offers additional writing assistance, including a list of writing aids on their website.

The following tutorials will help you to correctly cite the information resources you use.