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InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy Sample Searches

InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy features a custom selection of more than 250 magazines and academic journals covering religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.

Search 1:

A student using InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy at Michigan State University wanted to find an article about Albert Camus and existentialism for a class assignment.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and went to the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "Albert Camus and existentialism" in the entry box.
  3. Limited search for words "in title, citation, abstract".
  4. Limited "to articles with text".
  5. Clicked on the "Search" button and two relevant articles were retrieved.

Search 2:

Using InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy, how can one find articles dealing with the fallacies of postmodernism?

Solution:

  1. Open InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and go to the "Advanced search" page.
  2. Select "Subject (su)" and enter "postmodernism" in the first entry box.
  3. Select "Key Word (ke)" and enter "fallac*" in the second entry box.
  4. Limit "to articles with text".
  5. Click on the "Search" button to retrieve one article:

    Postmodern fallacies: a response to Merold Westphal. (Features). Douglas Groothuis.
    The Christian Century (ISSN: 0009-5281) July 26, 2003 v120 i15 p41(2)

Search 3:

How can one find articles about the theological views of author C.S. Lewis?

Solution:

  1. Open InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and go to the "Keyword search" page.
  2. Enter "c.s. lewis and theolog*" in the entry box.
  3. Limit search for words "in title, citation, abstract".
  4. Click on the "Search" button to retrieve seven articles.

Search 4:

How can full-text articles be found from Theological Studies about the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus?

Solution:

  1. Open InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and go to the "Keyword search" page.
  2. Enter "resurrect* and Jesus and histor*" in the entry box.
  3. Limit search for words "in title, citation, abstract".
  4. Limit "to articles with text".
  5. WClick on the "Browse" button and select "Theological Studies".
  6. Click on the "Search" button to retrieve three articles.

Search 5:

An InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy user needed help finding full-text articles analyzing the issue of the same-sex marriage.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy and went to the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "same sex marriage" in the entry box.
  3. Limited "to articles with text".
  4. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved the "Same-Sex Marriage" subject term.
  5. Clicked on the "Narrow" button, then the "View" button under the "analysis" subdivision term.
  6. Retrieved were more than 10 relevant articles.
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