Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (2nd edition)

Margot Northey; Bradford A. Anderson; Joel N. Lohr
Pub date
Apr 2015
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  • Concise. Features an overview of research and writing for students in religious studies, for a reasonable price, and can be used as a resource for a student's entire academic career.
  • Practical. Uses straightforward language to discuss the basics of research and writing. Instructors agree that as an overview, the Making Sense series is much easier to digest than heavier writing style guides, and they appreciate the discipline-specific content.
  • Documentation: Features up-to-date guidelines for documentation and referencing and provides the most current guidelines for documentation in religious studies, including coverage of MLA, APA, and Chicago styles and referencing.
  • Up-to-date. Along with including the most up-to-date citation styles, the Making Sense series also features current examples, and useful information on using the internet as a research tool.
  • More Accessible. This edition contains more bulleted points and summaries to make the content easier to reference and absorb.

The Making Sense series offers clear, concise guides to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate study. Designed especially for students in religious studies, this volume outlines general principles of style, grammar, and punctuation while also covering issues such as how to conduct academic research in religious studies, how to read religious texts, how to write essays and short assignments, how to document sources, and how to give an oral presentation.
Revisions to the second edition of Making Sense in Religious Studies; A Student's Guide to Research and Writing include a re-ordering of chapters to better match the writing and learning process. It includes comprehensive coverage of new developments in technology-based research and writing. The sections on MLA, APA, and Chicago style have been revised to be completely up to date.


A Note to the Student
A Note to the Instructor
1: Making the Most of Your Time in Higher Education
2: Getting to Know Religious Studies
3: Writing and Thinking
4: Finding and Using Academic Resources
5: Writing Essays
6: Writing Book Reviews and Book Reports
7: Writing Short Assignments: Chapter Summaries and Article Reviews
8: Reading Religious Texts and Writing Interpretive Essays
9: Learning Languages
10: Writing Comparative Essays
11: Writing with Style
12: Tests and Examinations
13: Giving an Oral Presentation
14: Receiving Feedback and Reflecting on Your Studies
15: Documenting Your Sources
16: Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
17: Punctuation
18: Misused Words and Phrases
19: Afterword
Appendix 1: Sample Book Review
Appendix 2: Sample Chapter Summary and Evaluation

About the author: 

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.
Bradford A. Anderson lectures in Religious Studies at Mater Dei Institute of Education, a college of Dublin City University, Ireland.
Joel N. Lohr is the University Multifaith Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Pacific University in Sacramento, California.

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