What Should Jewish Studies Majors Know?
Upon graduation, majors in Jewish Studies should:
The Program in Jewish Studies maintains an up-to-date website (http://www.smith.edu/jud) with links to search engines, libraries, archives, institutes, and other information literacy resources. Students of Jewish Studies should familiarize themselves with its contents and gradually work their way through its various links in order to introduce themselves to the wide body of resources available to scholars in the field.
Writing Intensive Classes
Students who have fulfilled the writing intensive requirement should already have learned basic information literacy skills prior to entering the major in Jewish Studies. Such skills are likely to include:
For a description of basic information literacy skills required of all students before entering the major, click here.
Students completing JUD 100y, our required course in Elementary Modern Hebrew, should be able to:
Bolozky, 501 Hebrew Verbs
Students studying Biblical (classical) Hebrew will incrementally familiarize themselves with:
Students studying Yiddish will incrementally familiarize themselves with the following dictionaries and grammars:
Basis Course (JUD/REL 225) in Jewish Civilization
Students completing the required basis of the major able to:
Students in the basis course are not expected to conduct extensive outside research. Emphasis is placed on learning to establish skills in close reading and critical thinking.
Students in JUD/REL 225 will familiarize themselves with the following basic resources:
Students of Jewish Civilization might also find helpful the following general works and surveys as they progress in their studies:
Intermediate and Advanced Courses
Students in intermediate and advanced Jewish Studies courses are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant scholarly journals of Jewish Studies. Examples of interdisciplinary journals in Jewish studies include:
Students in Intermediate and Advanced Jewish Studies courses will gradually learn to use the following search engines:
Students in Intermediate and Advanced Jewish Studies courses will familiarize themselves with reference works specifically tailored to the focus of their course. Individual instructors will provide students with relevant reference works. Examples of these might include:
300 Level Courses and Research-Based Special Studies
Students in advanced research courses should be able to:
General Information Literacy
The Jacobson Center offers guidance on proper methods of scholarly citation. Students should also consult the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholary Publishing and The Chicago Manual of Style, both of which can be found on the Libraries' Citation Guides page.
The library offers students a great deal of guidance in how to find information and conduct research. Though the information above highlights some of the general resources in Jewish Studies, our students would also benefit greatly from familiarizing themselves with general search engines that often include articles of interest to Jewish Studies. These include:
In What Classes Will Students Learn These Skills?
Although students will encounter the need throughout their academic studies, those taking JUD 125 and JUD 225 may find it especially useful to work with library staff and faculty to develop the research skills described in this document.
A central tenet of responsible research is the ethical use of information. This requires you to always cite your sources accurately, whether you are quoting directly or paraphrasing a document. Jewish Studies professors expect students to be able to cite their sources clearly, using one of the accepted scholarly methods (MLA, Chicago).
Students are reminded not to deface library books or to remove pages from books.
For more information on ethical use of information, see the Statement on Academic Honor Code Infractions in the college’s student handbook.
May 4, 2009