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Research Guide - Theology and Religious Studies

Electronic Research Databases

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. More than 600 journals are indexed annually. The database includes more than 1.3 million bibliographic records for journal articles, more than 200,000 essay citations, and more than 400,000 book review citations. Links are provided to 100,000 full text articles from more than fifty journals. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Religious & Theological Abstracts (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. A variety of periodical literature is covered including Christian, Jewish, and other World religions.

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - 250 full text electronic journals humanities and social sciences titles covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

JSTOR (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Includes many of the core research and society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of ecology, mathematics, and statistics.


Print Research Indexes

AI3 .C36 - The Catholic periodical and literature index / Catholic Library Association – Location: 1934 - to present – Index Area

Z7753 .A5 - Religion index one: Periodicals / American Theological Library Association - Location: Vol 13 - 32 - Index Area


Finding Journals

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Religion. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location: Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism

BM Judaism

BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.

BQ Buddhism

BR Christianity

BS The Bible

BT Doctrinal Theology

BV Practical Theology

BX Christian Denominations

Visit LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION OUTLINE - CLASS B - PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION for further breakdown.


Web Sites of Interest

Voice of the Shuttle – University of California at Santa Barbara – "Its mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media. VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities."

Virtual Religion Index – Rutgers University - "This Virtual Religion Index is a tool for students... It analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but to major directories & documents within."

American Religion Data Archive - "The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) is a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and acts to preserve quantitative data on American religion, to improve access to this data, to increase the use of the data, and to allow comparisons across data files. The ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations)."

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society – Hartford Institute for Religion Research - "The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society marks a unique venture in that it attempts to bring together in a single-volume compendium a state-of-the-art summary of the insights gained by the principal social sciences of religion: anthropology, psychology, and sociology. To do so is to take, admittedly, a "one-sided" approach to the religion-and-society nexus. One could perhaps consider an alternative posture, more ethical in nature—namely, one that considers what religions think about society. This would really be an encyclopedia of religious social ethics, and it is not within the scope of this project."   

University of Virginia - Online versions of the King James Version of the Bible, Book of Mormon, the Koran, and Irving Hexham's Concise Dictionary of Religion.

Center on Religion and Demcracy - University of Virginia - Collection of electronic books focusing on the role of relgion in shaping society. Texts include coverage in the areas of social theory, historical works, religious works, and legal documents.

Religion and Law Research Database – Brigham Young University - "Comprised of academic and government institutions dedicated to the study of law and religion, relationships of state and religion, and freedom of religion or belief."  

Religion and Ethics – British Broadcasting Corporation - Brief history, believes, and types of rites for various religions.  

Wabash Center Guide to Internet Resources for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion – "A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, websites, bibliographies, listserv discussion groups, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc."

The Catholic Encyclopedia - Electronic version of the standard 15 volume reference work published during 1907-1913.

Augustine - Primary texts in Latin and English along with secondary material.

Ecole Initiative: Early Church On-Line Encyclopedia – "The Early Church On-Line Encyclopedia (Ecole) Initiative is a cooperative effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish a hypertext encyclopedia of early Church history (to the Reformation) on the World-Wide Web."

Guide to Early Church Documents – "Contains pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history"

Ratio Studiorum - The English translation by Allan P. Farrell, S.J., along with an introductory essay, "The Historical Significance of the Ratio" by John W. O·Malley, S.J. and a bibliopgraphy by John Russell.

Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica - Translation by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province, 1947.

Dead Sea Scrolls –  Library of Congress - "The exhibition Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship  brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest. Over the years questions have be en raised about the scrolls' authenticity, about the people who hid them away, about the period in which they lived, about the secrets the scrolls reveal, and about the intentions of the scrolls' custodians in restricting access. The Library's exhibition describes the historical context of the scrolls and the Qumran community from whence they may have originated; it also relates the story of their discovery 2,000 years later. In addition, the exhibition encourages a better understanding of the challenge s and complexities connected with scroll research."  


Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture – Library of Congress – "Presents some 200 of the Vatican Library's most precious manuscripts, books, and maps--many of which played a key role in the humanist recovery of the classical heritage of Greece and Rome. The exhibition presents the untold story of the Vatican Library as the intellectual driving force behind the emergence of Rome as a political and scholarly superpower during the Renaissance."

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – "Is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place."

The Vatican Web Site - Contains Vatican archives and daily news and updates from the Vatican. 

Index Thomisticus - Online Index of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, English Web Version

BibleGateway.com - "The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online - all in the language or translation of your choice. It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning - "Dedicated to the growth of new and mutally enriching relationships between Christians and Jews. This website offers educational and dialogical aids, theological articles, official documents, and program information."

Christian Classics Ethereal Library - A digital library of classic Christian books. 

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources - "For studying Islam and the diverse perspectives of Muslims."

Religion-Online - "Full texts by recognized religious scholars. More than 5,700 articles and chapters. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education."


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