Research & Writing: Dig Deeper
With the University Libraries resources, you may dig deeper into compassion.
Go to the Libraries OneSearch and search Compassion. What types of sources do you retrieve? How might you filter or refine your search to locate the information you need?
As you explore the resources above consider who is sharing their point of view. Are you familiar with the authors? What do you know about their background and expertise? What do you notice about their perspective and opinions? What knowledge might they have about the topic? You might choose to investigate the author by searching the University Libraries Biography Resources. Consider searching for a few of the key figures in the book: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Davidson, Paul Ekman.
The University Libraries OneSearch is an excellent starting point to research these topics. You might also try searching specialized databases.
As scholars research and write, they trace the conversation that came before and reference those sources in their own work. Examining the citations of a source is an excellent means of tracking the conversation. Go to the following article, go to the reference section, choose one of the sources to examine more fully.
Strauss, C., Taylor, B. L., Gu, J., Kuyken, W., Baer, R., Jones, F., & Cavanagh, K. (2016). What is compassion and how can we measure it? A review of definitions and measures. Clinical psychology review, 47, 15-27.
This popular magazine article references and links to a number of other sources. Trace some of those sources. Where is the author gathering their evidence? How do you assess the credibility of those sources? Do the sources give you new ideas or inspire new questions?
Scholarly sources are typically written by experts in a field or area of study. The intended audience is other experts, scholars, and researchers. These works are characterized by specific formats, language, and structures. Popular sources may cover similar topics but tend to be targeted to a broader audience. In this activity, you will compare and contrast sample academic and sample popular sources, in order to consider when it might be appropriate to use a scholarly source rather than a popular source, and vice versa.
Explore this pair of articles. The popular source references the scholarly source. Do you think the authors accurately summarize the content? What do you notice is different about the two sources (style, tone, citation practices, structure, readability, etc.)? What do you notice about the authors?
Popular source: Train Yourself To Be Happy: 4 Coachable Parts of Your Mental Health
Scholarly source: The plasticity of well-being: A training-based framework for the cultivation of human flourishing
Or explore this pair:
Popular source: Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering
Scholarly source: Visual Attention to Suffering After Compassion Training Is Associated With Decreased Amygdala Responses
Read or Listen to the Compassion Chapter from The Book of Joy.