Beaware of the requirements of your assignment / research

  • Choose the topic:
    1. Browse the Internet.
    2. Search using “Didache”-the MH library online catalogue system.
    3. Brainstorm with your classmates.
    4. Go through the course materials such as course reserved books, lecture notes.
    5. Discuss with your academic advisor, course teachers.
  • Beaware of the due date of the assignments.
  • Make your timetable for your assignment.

Different sources will provide different types of information for your studies, research or personal needs as follows:

Books

  • Can be used to locate comprehensive information such as background information about the topic.
  • The reference lists of books can be used to access other sources related to the topic.
  • You should consider the publication date to see whether the information is up to date.
  • You should consider the subject background of author and publisher.

Databases

  • A specific subject or multiple subjects of the databases are available.
  • They contain full-text journals articles and with citation of the used sources.
  • Some titles may not have full-text articles, but have bibliographic information.

Scholarly Journals

  • Can provide the recent research or trend of a topic.
  • Written by experts on the topic.
  • Have in-depth content.
  • Have citations and bibliographies of other sources related to the topic.

Newspapers

  • Daily information.
  • News related to local or overseas.

Encyclopedias

  • General encyclopedias: relate to a wide range of subjects with basics information.
  • Subject encyclopedias: provide a specific subject with more details information.
  • Encyclopedias are usually written in an easy read and understandable way.

Web Sites

  • Can provide access to abundant information and points of view on a topic.
  • Can provide access to the most updated information.
  • You should consider the accuracy and credibility of the information.

 

At the tertiary education level, it is important to use scholarly sources in your papers. The difference between scholarly and popular sources is mainly in written purpose, content, the subject background of the writers, used sources and peer reviews.

Purpose Scholarly Sources:
The purpose of the written material is to share the findings from the original research or analysis of other research.
Popular Sources :
For wide range of readers about issues of interest.
Content Scholarly Sources:
Written in a serious and analytical way that is based on data, statistics and research. In depth information.
Popular Sources :
Could be written by any person.
Author Scholarly Sources:
Written by experts in the specific topics.
Popular Sources :
Could be written by any person.
Citation Scholarly Sources:
All used sources provide citations. Also, citations provide accuracy and validity of its claims.
Popular Sources :
Not necessarily has citation.
Peer reviewed Scholarly Sources:
Peer reviewed prior to the work being published. Peer reviewed means other expertise has been given in the topic.
Popular Sources :
Not necessarily has been peer reviewed.
Examples Scholarly Sources:
Scholarly journal articles
Academic books
Encyclopedias
Databases (Ebrary, ProQuest, EbscoHost, The China Quarterly)
Popular Sources :
Magazines

1) Library Subscribed Databases

Due to the restriction of license agreements, only current enrolled students, faculty members, staff, alumni of Ming Hua; provincial clergy, evangelist officers and laity of SKH who have a valid library card can remotely access the subscribed resources. Users of other categories can access these resources within the Ming Hua campus (such as by the library computers or by wifi).  

All users should be aware that excessive downloading is prohibited and compliance with licensing restrictions and copyright laws is required.

Subscribed Databases Help
MH Library Catalogue (Discovery tool)   
ProQuest Ebook Central (E-books collection)  
EbscoHost (E-journals)  
Hyread (Chinese E-books collection)  
ProQuest Religion (E-journals)  
 

2 ) E-Theses & Dissertation

Databases Help
NDLTD 
台灣博碩士論文知識加值系統 (E-Theses & Dissertation)
User guide

3) Web resources

 Databases  Categories
Amazon Web links
Anglican Cycle of Prayer OpenDOAR Full-text, Newsletters
Worldwide Anglican Church (WAC) Full-text, Newsletters
Book Depository Web links
Digitization projects of HKBU Library relating to Christianity Full-text
e-Sword Study Bible tool 
Google Books Full-text
Google Scholar Full-text
HK Public Libraries E-books
Human Relations Area Files (cultural information for education & research) from Yale University Full-text
Internet Sacred Text Archive Full-text / Abstract  
Million Book Project Full-text
Online Bible Full-text
Project Canterbury Full-text
Religion-online.org Full-text / Abstract, Web links
Religious and Theological Abstracts Abstracts
Religious Studies News Full-text, Newsletters
STEP (Bible study tool) Tool
The Directory of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR Full-text
Tyndale House Web links
Virtual Training Suite: Religious studies Online Tutorial, Web links

 4) Partnerships with other libraries 

The faculty members, BD, MTh students and staff of Ming Hua as well as clergy of HKSKH can use a reader card for the following institutions to temporarily access their libraries.
Hong Kong Baptist University Library 
The University of Hong Kong Libraries 
The Education University of Hong Kong Library
Tung Wah College Library
Please contact the MHTC Library at 2536 7522 for further information.

Use of “Didache” (MH online catalogue system)

A good place to start with your searching is MH online library system (Didache).  This system is a one-stop searching system that allows users to search for books, e-books, and journal articles available in the library or online at the same time. 

Searching Overview 
The four main ways to search using Didache are:

  • MH Library Collections + E-Resources
    Searches include electronic content, print, audio-visual items subscribed for and held by the Ming Hua Library and more, such as open-access electronic resources.
  • MH Library Collections
    Searches only include Library resources contained in the Library catalogue.
  • E-Resources
    Searches for Ming Hua Library’s subscribed e-journal articles, e-books and other open access electronic resources.
  • Course Reserves
    Searches can be by course title or instructor name of MHTC programs.

The default search of Didache is a simple keyword search. Also, you can use advanced search or browse search to search for these resources.

Databases differ and each database may be equipped with different functions, but basically searches by Keyword, Title, Author and Subject are available.

Use Keyword

  • Will get the most results.
  • Good for seeking relevant records and resources.
  • Good to use when you want to broaden your topic.
  • Particularly useful when readers don’t exactly have complete information regarding the topic or author, and when the topic involves more than one concept.
  • BUT you should search by title and author when you  know the exact resources you would like to get.

Advanced Search

  • More targeted search by using different indexes (author, title, subject etc).
  • Allows limitation in material type, date range, languages.
  • Allows Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
  • AND (results will include both the indexes; narrow the results)
    e.g. Hong Kong AND Macau.
  • OR (results that include either of the index; broadens the results )
    e.g. military OR soldier OR army.
  • NOT results that do not include a certain keyword
    e.g. Hong Kong NOT Macau.

To evaluate the search results, you should base your evaluation on authority, currency, intended audience, coverage, objectivity, accuracy and reviews.

The followings are some tips on how to evaluate Book, Journal articles and Websites.

Books and Journals

Authority
  • Who is the author?
  • Is the author renowned/an expert in the field of study?
  • What is the author’s subject background?
  • What is the stance of the author on any specific topic in the field of study?
  • Is the author holding views different from other important scholars in the same field?
  • Is the author affiliated with an academic institution?
  • Any publication history?
    Book

  • What are credentials of the citation sources?
  • Who is the publisher of the book?
    Journal

  • Does the journal publisher publish other journals in the relative fields?
  • What are their credentials?
Currency
  • When was it published? (Humanities: no need to be up-to-date; Science: currency is important)
  • When was the data collected?
  • How was the data collected? (by what means)
  • Who did the data collection and analysis?
  • How is the data collected and analyzed?
Intended audience
  • To whom does it appeal?
  • Subject expert or general public?
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate study?
Coverage
  • Does it only focus on selected geographical or ethnic emphasis?
  • What level of information is being provided ?
  • Is it related to your research/article topic?
 Objectivity
    Book

  • Are viewpoints for a certain side omitted intentionally?
  • What is the object of the book?
  • Is it a general introduction? Does it intend to influence its audiences mind?
  • Does the publisher have any bias?
    Journal

  • Are viewpoints for a certain side omitted intentionally?
  • Who funded the research?
  • Does the publisher have any bias?
Accuracy
  • Can the data or statistics be verified with other sources?
  • Has any prior research been done in similar field?
  • What are the results of this prior research?
Reviews
    Book

  • What do other scholars or subject experts of the same field say about it?Journal
  • What do other scholars or subject experts in the same field say about it?
  • Is it peer-reviewed?

Website

Authority

Who is responsible for creating / editing the website?

Personal:

  • Is the author renowned/an expert in the field of study?
  • What is the author’s subject background?
  • What is the stance of the author on any specific topic in the field of study?
  • Is the author holding views different from other important scholars in the same field?
  • Is the author affiliated with an academic institution?
  • If the author is affiliated with an academic institution, you can refer to the institution’s website for the author’s background details.

Organization:

  • Does the organization tend to influence the public with specific points of view?
  • What is the size and structure of the organization?
  • What is the funding source of the organization?
Currency
  • When was it published?
  • When was the data collected?
  • How was the data collected?
Intended audience
  • To whom does it appeal?
  • Subject expert or general public?
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate study?
Coverage
  • Does it only focus on selected geographical or ethnic emphasis?
  • Is it related to your research/article topic?
  • What level of information is being provided ? (especially for websites, the level of information may not be professional enough for research use)

Academic writing Research methods

Here are some books for you to start with:

  • 楊小松。《學術硏究方法與論文寫作》。香港: 宣道出版社, 2005.
  • 謝志偉、王慧玉譯。《混合方法研究導論》(Designing and conducting mixed methods research), 台北 : 心理出版社股份有限公司, 2010.
  • 范胡澤主編(Vanhoozer, Kevin J) 。岑紹麟譯。《神學釋經詞典》 (Dictionary for theological interpretation of the Bible)。香港: 漢語聖經協會, 2014.
  • Cohen, Louis. Research methods in education, London: Routledge, 2011.
  • Heppner, P. Paul. Writing and publishing your thesis, dissertation, and research:a guide for students in the helping professions. Belmont, CA: Thomson, Brooks/Cole, 2004.
  • Swinton, John and Harrie Mowatt. Practical theology and qualitative research, London: SCM Press, 2006.

Citing Sources & avoiding plagiarism

  • If you use the work or ideas of others without giving proper credit, you are committing plagiarism.
  • It is important to get the correct and full citation in order to avoid plagiarism.
  • Citation is needed for any resource used in your paper, and a complete citation includes all the information for tracking down a source. For example, basic information of the item (books, journal articles, or website, etc.) such as author, date of publication, publisher, etc. are needed for citation. For journal articles, both the title of the individual article and the title of the journal in which is published, and the exact volume and issue of the journal should be included.
  • MH college suggests using the Chicago Citation Style, about which you may learn more by using the handbook of The Chicago manual of style. MH Library has two copies available (Call No: Z 253 .U69 2010). One is on the regular loan bookshelf and the other copy is on the reference book shelf. Also, you can check with the website of Chicago Citation Style http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Some citation software may also help you. Currently, MH library has available EndNote.