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Theology

Top Tips for Students

1. Know where to go for help

It's normal to find the research process or studying a subject at university challenging. 

That's why you should be aware of the full range of help and support that is available to you as an MU student and not allow yourself to get overwhelmed. 

1. Department Homepage

2. Maynooth University Library

3. MU Writing Centre

4. Maynooth Student's Union

5. Student Health Centre

6. Check your Moodle account to make sure you have access.

 

2. Learn how to reference properly

 

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Referencing is one of the most important skills you will learn as a student.

It teaches you to acknowledge other people's ideas properly so that you can build on them and become part of the scholarly conversation.

For more information on how to reference your sources see our Referencing Guide.

Top Tips for Studying Theology

It's hard to know where to start when studying a subject at university level. Students often pick up key skills along the way that they wish they'd learned much earlier! 

That's why Library Staff and the Department of Theology have worked together to offer you Five Top Tips for studying Theology to will hopefully save you time, get you a better grade and make student life a bit easier.

 

  • Consult with your lecturer/tutor on one or two recommended introductory books in theology.
  • Get a tour and browse through the theology library to get a sense of the various sub-disciplines within theology (scripture, systematic, moral, pastoral, history, canon law, etc.)
  • If you have specific queries about your subject, consult with your lecturer or student advisor who will be happy to help you.
  • Learn to discriminate between good and bad theological internet websites.  

3. Follow the Research Cycle for Successful Assignments

The Library has access to thousands of resources. The key to finding the best information is to decide on your research question, (i.e. what it is you want to find out in your research). You can successfully do this by following the research cycle.

For more help with finding resources for your research topic, see our Successful Searching Guide

4. Use different types of sources in your writing

Good assignments and high quality academic writing make use of different kinds of high quality resources

In this guide we offer advice on what kind of resources to use and how to find them.

Examples are:

  • Books and eBooks
  • Journal Articles
  • Databases
  • Trustworthy websites
  • Newspapers 

See our Successful Searching Guide for more information.

5. Library Staff are here to help you

 

The Library provides a wide range of services to help students and staff to work and research to the best of their ability.

To find out:

  • What we do and
  • How we can help you 

Please take a moment to view our guide to the Teaching and Research Development Team