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Making Sense in Religious Studies

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, Second Edition

Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson and Joel N. Lohr

Series : Making Sense

Specifically designed for students in religious studies, this book offers up-to-date, detailed information on writing essays and short assignments, doing comparative research, evaluating Internet sources, proper documentation, avoiding plagiarism, reading religious texts, learning foreign languages, and more.

Readership : Undergraduate students at all levels in religious studies.

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 (1,000-Word Assignment)
Appendix 2: Sample Chapter Summary and Evaluation (500-Word Assignment)

Companion Site for Instructors:
Checklist for finding and using academic resources
Essay proposal form
Essay grading rubric
Pre-writing checklist
Post-writing checklist
Book review assessment criteria
Book review post-writing checklist
Short assignment post-writing checklist
Comparative essay writing checklist
Sample chapter summary and evaluation
Sample book review
Available through:
Kobo (ISBN 9780199010356)

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 Dean of Religious Life and an Associate Professor at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Special Features

  • The only Canadian research and writing guide available for religious studies.
  • Part of a bestselling series - with over twenty-five years of proven success, the Making Sense series is known for its clear and concise approach to research and writing in all areas of undergraduate study.
  • Offers step-by-step instructions on each stage of the research and writing process - from planning and organizing to developing a thesis statement and writing an essay - guiding students through the process of preparing well-written academic papers.
  • Covers topics specific to religious studies, including using religious and sacred texts, doing comparative research, and learning foreign languages.
  • Two sample documents - a book review and a short assignment - help to familiarize students with the proper format and style for typical assignments. (Appendices 1 & 2)
  • Stand-alone chapter on oral presentations covers the importance of being prepared, using visual aids, and taking questions, helping students become confident public speakers. (Ch. 13)
  • Helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usage through a rich variety of examples and helpful tips.
  • A concise, student-friendly approach allows readers to use this book either as a quick and casual reference or as a text that can easily be read from cover to cover.
  • A checklist for written assignments on the inside front cover offers a brief overview of key points to consider, encouraging students to submit only their most polished work.
  • Symbols for common errors found on the inside back cover helps students understand common marking symbols and abbreviations that may appear on their work.
New to this Edition
  • Reorganized introductory chapter covers broad skills students will need to succeed at the post-secondary level, including coverage of time management, making the most of technology, and navigating different learning environments. (Ch. 1)
  • Reorganized chapter on Getting to Know Religious Studies introduces the field and the diverse subjects that are covered in the study of religion. (Ch. 2)
  • Expanded coverage of academic honesty and plagiarism defines what it is and how to avoid it. (Ch. 4)
  • Up-to-date documentation coverage includes the latest guidelines for MLA, APA, and CMS style.
  • Chapters have been reorganized so they present a more logical progression through the material.
  • Updated references, examples, and coverage of technology throughout ensure students have the most current resource available.
  • More bulleted and numbered lists throughout help make the content more manageable and easier to reference.