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IWU OCLS Tutorials: Doctor of Ministry Research Project Guide


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DMIN RESEARCH GUIDE

 


 

Welcome to the Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) Research Project Guide! 

 

To navigate to the different sections use the tabs above. 

 

You can bookmark this page for quick access.

 

 

Getting Started

 

The Research Paper Process: Step-by-Step

Forming a Research Question

An Open-Ended Thoughtful Question Drives Good Research

Examples of Keyword and Subject Searches

Save Yourself Time. Schedule a Research Appointment with an OCLS Librarian

Resources (Researching, Writing, and Defending Your Research Project)

 

Reference

 

Why Use Reference Books?

Reference Databases 

 

Religion Data & Statistics

 

Governmental Data

Research-Based Organizations and Think-Tanks

 

Theses

 

Why Search for Ministry Projects and Dissertations?

Ministry Project and Dissertation Databases

 

APA Style

 

Link to the OCLS APA Style Guide

Link to the OCLS Academic Writer Guide

 

Chicago Style

 

Link to the OCLS Chicago Style Guide

 

Research Help

 

How to contact OCLS for research help.

 

Advisors

 

DMIN Advisor Resources

Books and Journal Articles

 

 

Research Paper Process: Step by Step

 

1. Develop your Research Question.  

 

Think about:

  • What research is and what it isn't.
  • The kind of research paper you will write.
  • Ways you can choose a topic for your research paper.
  • Who you are writing to (your audience) and why you are writing to them.
  • Whether or not you understand the assignment.

 

Resource

 

 

2. Decide what type of information you will use in your research.  

 

Think about:

  • Will you need print or e-books?
  • Academic journal articles?
  • Magazine or Newspaper articles?
  • Web sites or other multimedia?

 

Resource

 

 

3. Determine the kind of information you will need.

 

Think about:

  • Are you looking for current or past (historical) information?
  • Will you need Primary Sources or Secondary Sources?
  • Should you use Popular, Trade, or Scholarly Journals?
  • How will you evaluate the information you find for accuracy, audience, bias, or purpose?

 

Resources

 

 

4. Start the process of writing your paper. 

 

Think about:

  • Pre-Writing: Get your paper off to a good start.
  • Think about the entire Writing Process.
  • Write your Thesis Statement.
  • Develop an Outline.
  • Start your First Draft.
  • Proofread your First Draft.
  • Revise your Draft using the Revising Process.
  • Proofread and Revise again.

 

Resources

 

 

5. Avoid Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism by citing and referencing the sources you use.  

Academic papers need to be aligned with your required writing and citation style, APA Style, or Chicago Manual of Style.

 

The APA Style tab of this guide will take you to the APA Style Guide that includes helpful information, example citations and references, and step-by-step directions for working with APA Style format and a paper template.

 

If your courses use APA check out Academic Writer! Academic Writer is the official APA writing platform. You can concentrate on writing the content of your paper and Academic Writer automatically formats your papers in APA Style format. 

 

The Chicago Style tab of this guide will take you to the Chicago Manual of Style Guide includes helpful information, example citations and references, and step-by-step directions for working with Chicago Style format.

 

Resources

 

 

Forming a Research Question

 

 

 

 

An Open-Ended Thoughtful Question Drives Good Research

 

Good research explores a question without an easy answer. Narrowing a topic to a primary question will get your research off to the right start.
 
Questions require answers.
A topic is too broad to cover thoroughly, but a question has an answer.
 
 

Topic

Question

The Influence of Drugs on Crime

Could the legalization of less harmful drugs like marijuana reduce crime in the U.S.?

Abortion

Are laws requiring waiting, counseling or sonograms effective in reducing abortions?

Sports Injuries

Why do heat exhaustion deaths occur and how can they best be avoided? 

Working Women

In what fields have women achieved the greatest equality and through what means?

 
A question is a way of evaluating the evidence. 
A clearly stated question helps you decide what information is needed in your paper and what is not relevant.
 
An open-ended question calls for real research and thinking.
A question with no easy answer makes research and writing more meaningful to both you and your audience. Your research may then solve a problem or contribute to the field of knowledge.
 

 

 

Examples of Keyword and Subject Searches

 

Click Here for examples of keyword and subject searches for the following research questions:

  • What effect does divorce have on children?
  • What effect does birth order have on academic achievement?
  • Are children who play video games more likely to be violent?

 

 

Save Yourself Time. Schedule a Research Appointment with an OCLS Librarian!

 

Make a Research Appointment with an OCLS Librarian.  
Options include In-Person (Face to Face), phone appointments, and Zoom calls. 
For more information, call Off Campus Library Services at 1-800-521-1848

 

 

Resources

 

REFERENCE RESOURCES

 


Why Use Reference Books?

Reference Databases

 

 


 

Why Use Reference Books?

 

Start your research by scanning a reference book to generate ideas about how to narrow or search for your topic.

You'll find keywords and related topics for your search strategy. You might even create an initial outline.

Reference articles usually offer additional resources in a bibliography you can use to track down more info.

 

 

Reference Databases

 

Use the links below to access these reference databases.

 

Please note that databases outside of OCLS may require you to create an account to view information. 

RELIGION DATA & STATISTICS

 


Governmental Data

Research-Based Organizations and Think-Tanks

 

 


 

Governmental Data

 

Please note that databases outside of OCLS may require you to create an account to view information. 

 

 

Research-Based Organizations and Think-Tanks

 

Why Search for Ministry Projects and Dissertations?

 

Recently published dissertations and theses offer the most current research. 

If you find a dissertation with a similar topic, you can use the bibliography to inspire your own research.

Reading dissertations gives you a good idea of what a dissertation should look like. 

 

 

Ministry Project and Dissertation Databases

 

Use the links below to access databases where you can find dissertations and theses. If a PDF is not available, it may be possible to get all or part of it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

 

Please note that databases outside of OCLS may require you to create an account to view information. 

 

 

Searching ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

 

Open Video in New Tab

 

 

 

Locating TREN Documents in the Jackson Library Catalog

 

Open Video in New Tab

 

 

APA STYLE AND ACADEMIC WRITER

 


 

Academic Writer 

 

Academic Writer is the official APA writing platform. You can concentrate on writing the content of your paper and Academic Writer automatically formats your papers in APA Style format. 

Visit the Academic Writer Guide for on-demand tutorials to help you sign up and get started! 

 

 

CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE

 


RESEARCH HELP

 


 

Do you need help with a specific research topic?  Contact Online Campus Library Services and request a Personalized Search Plan!

 

Personalized Search Plans (PSPs) tell you where to go, what to do, and how to do it. Your PSP will suggest the best online database(s) and search term(s) to use. Depending on what kinds of information you need, your PSP might help you to find appropriate print books, e-books, or journal articles.


Each PSP includes step-by-step directions to find trusted sources for your assignments and customized to your needs.

 

To request your Personalized Search Plan, fill out the Online Request Form and let us know your topic and what kinds of information you need – books, e-books, journal articles, websites, or peer-reviewed or research-based information. 

 

PSP requests are answered within one (1) business daynot including weekends. Requests that are received by 12:00 noon (ET) on Friday will be answered that same day.  

 

OCLS provides limited service on Saturday and is closed Sunday and all university holidays and holiday weekends, so we encourage you to ask for your Personalized Search Plan early in your workshop weeks whenever possible.


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