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FYSS 101: Origins: The History of Religion: Library Activity

FYE Library Activity Spring 2017

Your Librarian and PF(s)

Welcome to FYE Library Day!

Your Librarian: Jared Seay
Your Peer Facilitator :Sarah Helena Turner
Your Professor: Louise Doire

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In today's session, you will learn how to generate effective search strategies and find two types of library sources using a main topic. You will use today's activity to break that research topic into more specific concepts and keywords to more effectively research it.

Part 1: Listen to the nice librarian

  • Your librarian guy will give you some helpful (critical) tips and guidance on how to use the library Discovery Service. 

Part 2: Concept Mapping

  • Use the concept map on the Google Doc to write down your main topic and generate 3 concepts based on your main topic, and then generate 3 keywords for each concept.
  • Record your concepts and keywords on your Google Doc

Part 3: Find 1 Book & 1 Article

Part 4: Library Info. & Feedback‚Äč

  • Complete the very brief feedback survey. 

Use this information to inform your concept map today

From professor Louise Doire's FYSE 134 Origins: A History of Religion Library Research Assignment

According to Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition by Emily Shultz and Robert Lavenda, a ritual must fit into four categories. These four categories are: 1) it must be a repetitive social practice, 2) it must be set off from the routines of day to day life, 3) it must follow some sort of ritual schema, 4) it must be encoded in myth.

PART I: In this portion of your paper, you will research a ritual from either Hinduism or Buddhism and:

  1. Describe the reason for the ritual i.e., life cycle ritual (birth, rite of passage, marriage, death) or pilgrimage, sacrifice (puja), feast day of a god or goddess, festival, prayer, healing or calendar observance.
  2. The key actions (rite) of the ritual
  3. Who participates?
  4. What is the ritual supposed to do?