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REL 101 (Skelton)

Library resources to help you with your film critique assignment.

How to Use This Guide

This research guide will point you toward research resources and strategies available to you in REL 101

You will find several tabs that will lead you to information resources useful for this course. They include:

  • Finding Books in Payson Library: Searching the library catalog to find materials and place holds
  • Finding Articles: How to access full text article databases
  • Using Information Ethically & Citing Effectively: How to cite resources using the SBL Handbook of Style and how to avoid plagiarism at Pepperdine.

Film Critique Assignment

You will present a Power Point, Keynote, etc. over the movie clip assigned to you from either the movie Moses (1995), Ten Commandments (1923), Ten Commandments (1956), or The Prince of Egypt (1998). In this presentation you compare the relationship between your clip and the Parting of the Sea in Exodus 13:17-14:31 in order to examine how modern day film acts as a form of biblical interpretation. You will also examine the type of biblical interpretation assigned to your group as a lens through which to compare the movie clip with the Bible.

Film choices for this assignment are available on reserve (DVD) from Pepperdine Libraries.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These volumes will provide an overview or introduction to a particular topic.

Exodus Commentaries

For more, try searching the Library catalog using this subject heading: Bible Commentaries These are arranged by series and each volume within a series covers a Biblical text. The criticism used in commentaries tends to vary by author, volume, or series.

Some commentary series are in Payson Library's Reference section, including the following:


Finding Articles

To find journal articles, try using the databases ATLA, which covers Religion periodicals, or Academic Search Complete, which is interdisciplinary.

Be sure to limit your results, so that only articles from peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals appear. You can do this on EBSCOhost via the search page:

For more on finding articles, click the corresponding tab on the left-hand side of the page.