Many people who are exploring religious witchcraft want to know what they should read next. Others want to know how to dig into other kinds of reading and research, like academic sources, or whether their library will be any use. Often, evaluating books or other resources (like Wikipedia) can be confusing! The articles on this page will help with all these questions.
If you like these essays, I’m also blogging about monthly over at Pagan Bloggers (the blog is called Knowledge & Wisdom) about research and Paganism.
Books and resources:
- Getting started with a few good books : a starting reading list with suggested titles (and why I suggest them)
- Classic Pagan books : how to approach them (and why I suggest they not be the first things you read.)
- Critical reading and Pagan books : evaluating Pagan books effectively and usefully.
- Hidden aspects of Wikipedia : make the most of Wikipedia and understand some hidden features.
- The problem with ‘just Google it’ and ‘check Wikipedia’ : what to share instead
- Resources : You will also want to check out my resources list for more ideas, including blogs I find useful.
- Evaluating a reader or practitioner: What to look for if you’re hoping to benefit from someone else’s skills.
- Getting access to less common material : for when you need more obscure or academic sources.
- Evaluating an academic article : what to pay attention to and what to expect.
- How academic publishing works : and how that creates certain expectations and pressures.
Libraries and librarians:
A lot of people don’t know much about how libraries work – or how libraries can help with Pagan topics. Since I’m a librarian, I particularly care about clearing up confusion about this topic.