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IDS 101: Knowing Good and Evil: The Myths and Legends of Genesis: Reference

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Reference Works

Reference Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Bible Odyssey

Bible Odyssey is a reference website sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature and managed by a board of Bible scholars. It contains hundreds of encyclopedia-style articles on topics related to the Bible; the histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; scholarly methods for studying the Bible and other ancient texts; and Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and ancient Near Eastern contexts.

Articles in Bible Odyssey are peer-reviewed and written by scholars in relevant fields.

Theology Librarian

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Maggie Froelich
Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
Willamette University
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97302
503.375.5407

Personal Librarians

A personal Librarian is your "go-to" person in the library. First-year students are paired up with a librarian who will be your individual contact person within the library from day one. Find your Personal Librarian here.

What Librarians Can Do for You

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
     
  • Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
     
  • Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
     
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
     
  • Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
     
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.