Check out the tabs at the top of this guide. Each tab is intended to orient you to a different aspect of research techniques and tools.
There's a tab to introduce you to our discovery system. We call it Primo. It's roughly analogous to the old online catalog but it provides much more.
There's a tab for finding physical materials. Yes, we still have some actual books but if you live on the other side of America or in Canada or some other far-flung and exotic location, physical materials may be hard to get your hands on. Nevertheless, if you live in the US, we'll get them to you.
There are tabs for using ebooks, finding articles, and other types of electronic resources. There's another tab for finding theses, dissertations, and other works by professors and your fellow colleagues in the Digital Commons of George Fox University. You may also learn how to search other institutional repositories. There's even a tab on plagiarism and copyright!
You are not alone as you begin discovering and writing at the doctoral level.
This course introduces the tools for study and research in your Doctor of Ministry program. This will include orienting you to the resources of both campuses (George Fox University's Murdock Learning Resource Center, Portland Center library, Internet presence and capacities, etc.), as well as how to use electronic communication and software tools effectively in research.
Probably the most daunting task of the Doctor of Ministry program is the dissertation or final project. One of the very best first things you can do to help yourself is to buy a copy of Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition.)
According to Saint Kate, as my generation of seminarians learned to call her, "We know how challenged you can feel when you start a substantial research project, whether it's a PhD dissertation, a BA or master's thesis, or just a long class paper. But you can handle any project if you break it into its parts, then work on them one step at a time." (Emphasis mine)
Someday your work will be in this list of DMin dissertations available to the whole world.