also have some advice
to offer to help you
write better papers.
Here is a copy of the check-list.
Remember, you need to take a rough draft of at least one of your papers
to the writing center and go through this check-list.
Using FSU's on-line resources
As long as you are studying at FSU, you have access to
on-line resources that the university has paid for. When you pay
tuition fees, one thing you are paying for is the right to access these
resources. Why spend all your time looking at free sources, when you
have paid for high quality sources?
So, open this link in a new tab: Off-campus
First, you will need to enter the username and password that you use
for your FSU e-mail account.
Encyclopedia Britannica. Some
people say its even better than Wikipedia!
Oxford Reference Online.
Unfortunately, only 5 FSU users can access this collection at a time.
Its a set of introductory reference works from the world's largest
university press. For example, there is a Dictionary of Hinduism.
Oxford Scholarship Online.
These books are advanced secondary sources, much more specialized.
Net Library. 30,000 on-line
books. That's a complete library in itself. You have various search
options. Usually, it isn't best to start with a full-text search. That
would give you a list of every book that contains the word you are
searching for. There are 329 books that contain the words "Hindu
Goddesses", but only four books for which "Hindu Goddesses" is a
key-word. Those are the books I'd want to start with. Of those four
books, I recommend the ones by Kinsley and John Stratton Hawley.
Kinsley devotes each chapter to a particular goddess, Hawley's book is
a collection of articles by different scholars, each about a different
goddess. You don't have time to read a whole book, but you could easily
read and use a couple of these essays.
Then, go back to the original library page. Underneath where it say
"Find articles, journals and data-bases", you have the option to go to
the most used databases. Click on it, then select JSTOR. JSTOR
is a collection of academic journals. For example, there are 33
articles in the religion journals about "Mahadevi". You need to learn
how to pick out the best articles. Pay attention to the date of
publication. An article published in 1894 about Hinduism's Contact With
Christian Salvation is not useful, because of the date and topic. Nor
is an article about "Sun and Earth Rulers: What Eyes Cannot See in
Mesoamerica", nor is an article about Buddhism. But that leaves more
than enough articles that will be helpful to you.
Any further questions, please e-mail me: email@example.com
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This contains some of the best and worst writing from last
semester. Avoid the mistakes and be inspired by what's good! Don't
slavishly copy the best papers though: really good work displays
independent thought. As we go through this semester, more will be
paper and the
The readings we discuss in class are essential for you to follow
the course. However, in order to get a good grade, you will have to
carry out further reading - the papers are intended to be a test of
your research skills. Below are some useful links to help you with your
research. I have also put some useful supplementary readings in the
library. If you are really adventurous, you might even check a book out
of the library!
There is a lot of useful information on
there is also a lot of rubbish - so think carefully about the sources
that you use!
Also, remember that you should start by using the sources that I have
compiled for you in the library. I suggest that you read through the
information that's available there, then ask yourself what further
information you need to help with your paper, and see whether it is
available on the web.
A final warning: Do not plagiarize! (If in doubt, read the notes on plagiarism!)
Keep track of what sources
from the web you use, and always give proper citations. Be careful
cutting and pasting material into your paper.
General Religion Resources:
produced by the Smithsonian to accompany an exhibition. A basic
introduction - good place to start if you're finding the whole topic
Essay on Kali
from Exotic Indian Art Site. Good discussion of iconography.
Kali in California
Hinduism is a world-religion, well established outside India.
Cooking for the Gods
Another exhibition web-site, this one from the University of
Indus Valley This
is by far the best web-site I know for the Indus Valley - the next best
thing to organising a field-trip.
Devotional Web-Site intended for
glorification of the Divine Mother. A glimpse into contemporary goddess
For the position of women in Hinduism, one important source is the Laws of Manu,
which also explains the roles of the 4 varnas, and the asrama system.
Complete text of Devi
Mahatmya, important primary source for goddess worship.
Christianity and Judaism:
New Testament Gateway. The best place to start looking for
information on the New Testament.
The Five Gospel
studying the Gospels, particularly the Synoptics, its essential that
check parallel passages in the other Gospels. This web-site also
parallel passages from Thomas.
Into His Own
Collection of primary
relevent to early Christianity and Judaism.
History Resources Center Access to materials (primary
and secondary) concerning Judaism in the era of the Second Temple.
Remember, your paper must examine the history of Judaism during this
period, as well as the origins of Christianity. Highly recommended!
All in one Biblical Resources
Search. General resource for Biblical studies.
I have now up-dated the sources in the library. The folder
contains a selection of secondary source material. Also, there are some
useful books on reserve in the library: Harris, The New Testament: A Student's
Introduction; Schiffman, From
Text To Tradition; Theissen and Merz, The Historical Jesus, A Comprehensive Guide
and Barton and Muddiman (eds.) The
Oxford One Volume Bible Commentary.
For primary sources, you should use the two highly
recommended web-sites above. Some of your primary source material will
be Biblical. A good Bible commentary, such as the one edited by Barton
and Muddiman, goes through every book of the Bible one verse at a time,
pointing out the kind of information that you need in order to
understand the passages in their original context. So, when you've
chosen the passages you want to use, you might check what the
commentary says. Please note that Barton and Muddiman are the editors,
but each section has a different author - for example, the
on Luke's Gospel is written by Eric Franklin. You include Barton and
Muddiman in a citation, because anyone looking for the book needs to
know the name of the editors, but if you are referring to a passage,
you should mention the author of that particular section.
Another useful source available on request in the library is the DVD Jesus: The Complete Story. The main
advisor for this documentary was Tom Wright, an Anglican clergyman who
is now the Bishop of Durham, who has written a series of highly
influential studies of the historical Jesus. Treat the video as you
would any other secondary source material; it is useful, but some of
the claims are contentious.
Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism
Dao De Jing:
Chinese Buddhism Re-Examined by Heinrich Dumoulin. A supplement to
his book on Zen Buddhism (which is available in our library). I can't
put up a link directly to this article, but you can access it through
JSTOR, using EZ-Proxy.
The article is in the Journal of Japanese Religious Studies, 1993.
Neng vs. Shen Hsiu: what really happened?
bin Laden and Muslim tradition on warfare article by John Kelsay.
John Kelsay is the head of FSU's department of Religious Studies. He is
also an expert on Islam and warfare: his book is available in the
bookstore, an extract is on file. In this brief article he responds to
The Quran, the
Hadith and the Prophet Muhammad This site has links to some
excellent primary and secondary sources.
Final Exam, sample essay questions:
1) Explain the similarities and
between the Bhagavad Gītāand the Devī
Explain the origins of Zen Buddhism,
distinguishing legend from history where possible.
Analyse the similarities and differences
between Confucianism and Daoism.
4) What changes did Israelite
God undergo between the era of the patriarchs and the Second Temple?
Why, in your opinion, was Jesus
6) The American Government has
asked you to
write a brief report on Muslim attitudes to war and peace for diplomats
will be engaged in peace talks with Muslims.
1) Provide an example of a
story that is
important within Hinduism, and illustrate what it reveals about the
Write an article for the new FSU-Panama
Encyclopedia of religion about the Buddha.
What role does humor in the Analects
Explain the main difficulties
encountered by anyone trying to understand the Tao Te Ching.
Can they be
Explain the origins of Jewish
What light can historical study shed on
the trial and execution of Jesus?
Explain and comment upon Firestone’s
thesis that in the early days of Islam, the Arabs moved from mundane to
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