RLST 3142: Slave Thought and Culture in the American South (Wells-Oghoghomeh): Getting Started

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Guides for Writing

The following are resources we've developed in for workshops the Divinity Library has led in conjunction with the Divinity School Writing Tutor. These guides are designed to be a quick way to get started with your research, and please reach out to me if you have any questions either about the following, or about getting your research started.

Politics & Practice of Citation

Reading Efficiently & Effectively

Thesis Statements & Outlines

Also see

The Purpose of Research Questions

from Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research (Ohio State)

Interim Director, Divinity Library