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IDS 101: Beyond Good and Evil: The Myths and Legends of Genesis: Using the Library

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, 1512


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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.

Heures de Simon Vostre a l'usage de Langres (1502)

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.

Course Description

Cosmologists tell us that the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang, thus freeing us from the burden of reading the Bible as a primitive science book. If Genesis is not about how the world began, what is it about? Long before people had much to say about science, it seems they had a lot to say about human nature. In this colloquium we’ll explore the myths and legends of Genesis as they take us into the heart of human experience—of life, love, desire, murder, trust and betrayal. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This colloquium is about what came next.

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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.

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Online Reference Works

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

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
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Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
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Portland Oregon 97209