This eight minute YouTube video introduces you to the SQ3R reading method, developed by Francis Robinson. Although a little bit more time consuming, this style of reading promotes information retention.
From Dartmouth College, a guide to improving memory and retention.
During our weekly workshop series, we offer beginner's courses on citation managers Zotero and RefWorks. Citation managers help you organize the citations you use in your research. Most citation managers have browser add-ons to collect bibliographic data out of library catalogs and databases, in addition to serving as a citation database organizing that information for you. Most also have add-ons for Microsoft Word or other popular word processing software like OpenOffice. They make properly citing your sources easier and keep you better organized!Zotero is free for all users, while RefWorks is free for BU students through an institutional subscription. See our workshop schedule to see when our next workshops are being held, or learn more about them through online tutorials:
Blessed Are the Balanced
by Paul Pettit; R. Todd Mangum
Location: Theo. Open Stacks BV4020 .P48 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Theological education can cool your love for the Lord. It's sad but true. Learning that is not fully integrated into your daily life and patterns of living can lead to spiritual detachment. On the other hand, theological studies that are properly processed over time (with sufficient time for reflection and service) can aid your loving service toward God and others. As you enter into a theological program (seminary, divinity school, or other graduate studies), make a plan to help you balance the head knowledge with heart patterns. Blessed Are the Balancedwill guide you as you learn to pursue both scholarship and the Kingdom.
Guide to the Perplexing
by American Academy of Religion Staff; Status of Women in the Profession of the American Academy of Religion Committee (Editor)
Location: Theo. Open Stacks BL41 .G843 1992
Publication Date: 1992
The rise in the numbers of women in the field of religion does not mean that it is always easy for women starting out nor that women no longer face isolation. This manual offers practical help in negotiating the mine-field of an academic career. The authors want to enable women to bepro-active, to have the knowledge that will help them avoid common pitfalls, and to meet other adversities without the feelings of personal failure or self-blame that so often stem from isolation. While written explicitly for women, the manual should also be helpful to men starting out their careersand to departments hiring women.
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians.
by Thielicke, Helmut
Biblical studies courses in college and seminary are not the same as Sunday school classes, a realization that can be challenging for many students. This popular textbook by Michael Joseph Brown helps students navigate the unfamiliar terrain of biblical studies. Brown provides basic information about the Bible and biblical criticism. He defines the jargon and presents the variety of perspectives students will encounter in the classroom. This new edition has been updated to account for changes in biblical scholarship since the first edition was released in 2000. He has also added several new rules of thumb, a discussion of contextualized forms of biblical interpretation, and an appendix with suggestions for getting started on the task of exploring and interpreting biblical texts. This helpful guide will prepare students for the oft-disorienting experience of analyzing and engaging the Bible in academic settings.
Your MA in Theology addresses a range of study skills, from the basic tools of reading, writing and reflection to the complex issues of handling tradition and experience and coping as an international student. Using the library, avoiding plagiarism, and how to get help with specific learning needs are among many practical issues covered. There is a chapter devoted to doing a masterâe(tm)s dissertation. The style is accessible throughout, and the needs of students are central. Twenty years of experience in directing postgraduate degrees inform the material offered, which is down to earth and anchored in experience. The book will be useful to teachers of masterâe(tm)s degrees in theology as well as to their students.
Location: Theo. Open Stacks BR44 .W756 2015; also e-book (click on title).
Publication Date: 2015
Writing Theologically introduces writing not just as an academic exercise but as a way for students to communicate the good news in rapidly changing contexts, as well as to discover and craft their own sense of vocation and identity. Most important will be guiding students toward a distinctive theological voice that is particularly attuned to the contexts of writer and audience alike. In a collection of brief, readable essays, this volume, edited by Eric D. Barreto, emphasizes the vital skills, practices, and values involved in writing theologically.
Research and Writing in the Seminary
by Diane Capitani; Melanie Baffes
Location: Theo. Open Stacks BR118 .C235 2014
Publication Date: 2014
This practical, how-to book for beginning seminary students offers step-by-step guidelines for typical writing assignments at the master's level. Chapters are included on the most basic and common types of writing in seminary: theological book reviews, exegetical papers, theological essays or summaries, reflection papers, research papers, and sermons. Practical, immediately relevant topics offer guidelines students can use as soon as they need them--as they begin the research and writing process. The content is accessible to all students, including those with no writing or theological background and second-career students who finished undergraduate study many years prior to entering seminary. Samples of each type of paper are included, with step-by-step commentary to help beginning students understand the process.
Doing Theological Research
by Robert W. Pazmindash;o
Location: Open Stacks BR118 .P37 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
This concise introductory work explores the essentials of doing theological research and writing. It is a handy companion to assist persons as they begin and pursue theological education. It provides an overview of expectations that both various professors have shared and students have reported over many years as basic wisdom to foster quality theological work. It is a time-tested resource to guide those called to seminary study.