Resources on Saints
These sources can help you browse lists of saints with short descriptions of their lives to help you choose one you would like to study.
Step 1: Find your saint
You may have a saint whose spirituality you wish to explore. If so, that's great! If not, there are several sources you can use to browse to find a saint you would like to study. Some of these sources are in the Walsh library, and Butler's Saint for the Day is an e-book you can search now. All are listed at the left.
Step 2: Start your research
Once you have identified a saint to study, a good place to start is the New Catholic Encyclopedia. This is shelved in the Walsh reference collection, and contains entries on most major saints (last name first in most cases). This will expand the background you have, and lengthier discussions often include material on the saints' spiritualities. There is also a useful bibliography at the end of each article, though many cited sources are in foreign languages, so more exploration will be necessary.
Step 3: Expand Research with Books
Start by checking the Walsh library catalog and the e-book collections on the library home page. Notice that there are three major e-book collections, and it's useful to search them all.
Since this is an advanced assignment, look in OhioLINK. Go to http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search/X for advanced search in the OhioLINK catalog. From the screen, request books and they will arrive for you, usually in 3 days.
For the saints in this assignment, the accepted subject headings are:
- Ignatius, of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556.
- Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite
- Thérèse, de Lisieux, Saint, 1873-1897.
- Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582
Since there are so many books on these saints, you could add the word "spirituality" in the search box below the saint's name, and let the field designator stay as "any field." This usually turns up a handful of books that focus on the saint's spirituality.
Step 4: Find journal articles
Look in three places for journal articles on your saint:
Use a strategy similar to the one used for books, with the saint's name as a subject, limited by terms such as spirituality, sanctity, holiness, goodness, and other synonyms. Not all journal databases use the same form of the name as a subject heading, so you may need to try various forms of the name.
Some of the articles will appear as full text, but many will be in highly specialized theology journals which we must obtain from other libraries. Use the interlibrary loan request form at http://libguides.walsh.edu/ILL. There is no cost to you and the articles are yours to keep, but allow a longer lead time. So get started early!
Step 5: Write & Cite
Organize your thoughts and notes, and craft your paper. If you need help in this stage, there are books in the library--look for "report writing" or "research papers." Help is also available from the Academic Support Center in Farrell Hall.
For assistance with style and citation, the library has the major style manuals and links to citation helpers such as Son of Citation Machine.