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Two credit online course for Associated Canadian Theological Schools

About the course

Research Strategies is the online version of the course taught by William Badke on the campus of Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University.

For a guide to the library's electronic systems (catalog, databases), see

For research guides to the library's resources, see:


Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 6th ed. (Bloomington, IN:, 2017). This edition must be used, because earlier editions are out of date.

Research Strategies is available as a paperback and in various e-book versions. See

You can purchase the paper edition through the above link or from the TWU Bookstore.           

Use of the Course:

Research Strategies may be taken by individual students through Associated Canadian Theological Schools (graduate level). 

Please note that, while the course is not password protected,  any unauthorized use of this course or adaptations of it by institutions is a breach of copyright and thus not permitted without written permission.

About the Course:

This course uses a strategies approach by which the student can begin with a topic about which s/he knows little and proceed through a series of steps to to learn the strategies of effective and efficient research, from initial research question/thesis to a completed outline and bibliography. There is extensive introduction to research databases. The "research" in Research Strategies is informational research which is done in preparation for term papers and literature reviews, rather than field or experimental research such as that found in the social sciences and sciences. 

Throughout the course, process is more important than product. In this information age, the ability to navigate through data without getting lost is worth more than gold. The training provided here will help the student to develop a set of strategies which are applicable to any kind of informational research.  Process (strategy-building) is more important than product.

We live in a time when the ability to sift through all the information coming our way, decide what is important, and use that information to address key issues, are life skills that no one should be without. All too many professors in higher education assume that students will develop research ability on their own. Most students simply do not. They need the enrichment of definite instruction. That is the task of this course.


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