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The Joseph Smith Papers website ( is a wonderful resource. With thousands of documents and hundreds of resource pages, though, it can sometimes feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how you might use the website to learn more about quotations and documents associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith. This article helps readers learn to use the Joseph Smith Papers website to find specific documents. It also teaches readers how to benefit from the numerous other resources available on the Joseph Smith Papers website.

Original Publication Citation

Kenneth L. Alford, “Finding Documents on the Joseph Smith Papers Website,” Religious Educator 20, no. 2 (2019), 123-131.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Religious Education


Church History and Doctrine

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Full Professor