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Thursday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Roles of Religious Faith and Degree Program Affiliations in the Research Processes of MA Students, MDiv Students, Librarians and Faculty

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The research for this poster explores the roles of students’ religious faith and degree program affiliation in their degree-related research behaviors. Patrick Milas explored the dichotomy between academic study of theology that leads to Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees and professional study of theology that leads to Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Doctor of Theology (ThD) degrees. His study first investigated the content of PhD and ThD dissertation acknowledgements using bibliometrics. The frequency with which the PhD and ThD dissertations’ acknowledgements acknowledge affiliates within their authors’ own degree programs and religious faith traditions guided the research design for subsequent interviewing of MA and MDiv students about the roles of their religious faith, degree program affiliation and interpersonal information sources in their research processes. Data were collected, coded and analyzed as a lens into the relationships between authors, affiliations and acknowledgements. Intensive interviewing about Master’s students’ research processes qualified the results of the quantitative analysis of PhD and ThD students’ interpersonal source preferences. Milas found that information behavior does relate to degree program affiliations and students’ religious faith, thus degree program affiliation and religious faith background should be considered in research consultations and bibliographic instruction in theological libraries.

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Patrick Milas

Academic Technology Librarian, Princeton Theological Seminary
Theological libraries; religious populations and the internet; library research methods

Thursday June 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Regency Foyer and Regency Ballroom

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