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THE SABBATH V.

SUNDAY DEBATE
LIS 745 Client Research Project Melanie Wilson Summer 2010

THE INFORMATION NEED

Transference within Christianity from observing the Sabbath on Saturday to worshiping on Sunday Historical documents circa 4th-5th century C.E. Primary sources representing both sides Reasons for each position

PRELIMINARY RESEARCH
Background research to gain familiarity with the topic and related topics Historical understanding Generate ideas for search terms Consulting print reference sources in Dominicans collection Robert Bacchiocchis From Sabbath to Sunday Wikipedia entries

CLIENT CHECK-IN
Client had heard of some of the writers but had not read their work Client indicated writers and topics he was not interested in Relayed possibility that historical documents representing only limited aspects of this question were available Continued with research while client determined whether or not he wanted to proceed

SUBSEQUENT RESEARCH
Dominican databases had limited resources for this search Some sources in Ken Orenics Theology Subject Guide on Crown Library site were useful Predominant use of online websites created by organizations and independent researchers Revised search strategy and generated new search terms based on findings Most sites had limited search capabilities Some sites not maintained. Dead links. Labyrinthine aspects to sites with links to sites with links.

MOST USEFUL RESOURCES


Samuele Bacchiocchi From Sabbath to Sunday Wikipedia Christian Classics Ethereal Library (www.ccel.org) Online Theology Sources (www.dennisjowers.com/theology_resources.html) Internet Christian Library (www.iclnet.org) BELIEVE Religious Information Source (www.mb-soft.com/believe/indexaz.html)

REPORT AND REFLECTION


Stumbling Blocks
Personal beliefs y Bias on some sites that had a wealth of information y Few scholarly theological databases through Crown y Keeping track of navigation from site to site
y

If I could do it all again


Databases at other local institutions y Hard copy chart or map of journey from site to site y Better knowledge of ancient history
y

REPORT AND REFLECTION


Client understanding of evaluating sites for authority Client familiarity with topic allowed for more indepth research Having an opportunity to consult print collection Doing in-depth research without having to write the paper Discovery of new resources and information Scholarliness of independent researchers Depth of information on independent sites FUN

IN RETROSPECT
Databases at other local institutions Hard copy chart or map of journey from site to site Better knowledge of ancient history