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eGuide: Theology information sources

Searching for resources

There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:

  • Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) - search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
  • iDiscover - to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton's collection can be found here. See our eGuide for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. Your subject-specific library is the Divinity Faculty Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.

 

Subject-specific bibliographic resources

For information on searching general databases and journals see Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals see the eresources and ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within the Theology and Religious Studies LibGuide. Some key resources include:

 

ATLA Religion Database
The leading international database indexing citations in the scholarly fields of religion. It covers such topics as Biblical studies, world religions, Church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. The database consists of more than 1.7 million records covering the research literature of religion in more than 60 languages. It includes citations to more than 620,000 articles from over 1700 journals, over 250,000 essay citations from 18,000 multi-author works, and more than 530,000 book reviews.


Index religiosus
Contains over 500,000 bibliographic records. It covers the history of theology, history of religions, Old and New Testaments, fundamental and dogmatic theology, sacramentology and liturgy, moral and pastoral theology, Canon Law, and all aspects of Church history.

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Other reference sources

Acta Sanctorum Database
Contains the complete texts of the sixty-eight printed volumes, from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Acta Sanctorum comprises the works published over a period of three hundred years by the Société des Bollandistes.

Encyclopaedia Judaica
Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, this is the electronic and searchable version of the 22 volume encyclopaedia (2nd edition, 2007).

Encyclopedia of the Qu'ran
The electronic version of Brill's encyclopedic dictionary, this contains the complete articles of the printed volumes 1-5.
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Cambridge Histories Online

There are over 30 OUP handbooks in the area of religion. You can search full-text across all handbooks, or browse by subject area for the specific titles.

Bible in English 

This database contains 20 different versions of the English Bible, including 12 full Bibles, five New Testament texts, two versions of the Gospels only, and William Tyndale's of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and the New Testament.

Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library of Biblical Texts 

The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library presents a complete Hebrew transcription and English translation of the Biblical texts, together with high-resolution images. The contents of this online publication is identical to that of the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Biblical Texts CD-ROM, published by Brill and Brigham Young University but its interface is adapted to Brill's online platform for reference works.

Digital Karl Barth Library

This online repository of Barth's work includes an English translation of Barth's magnum opus, 'The Church Dogmatics', the original German version, 'Die kirchliche Dogmatik', the first 45 volumes of Barth's Gesamtausgabe (incl. hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings.) Finally, there are seven additional, German works that have not yet been published as part of the Gesamtausgabe and English translations of thirteen further, important texts by Barth. All texts are cross-searchable.

Encyclopedia of Islam

Edited by Marc Gaborieau, Gudrun Krämer, John Nawas and Everett Rowson, the third edition of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam is an entirely new work, with new articles reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship. The new scope includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the twentieth century and of Muslim minorities all over the world.

Encylcopaedia Judaica 

Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers, and students.

Index of Medieval Art

The Index of Christian Art is an iconographic index of Christian themes in early Christian and Medieval art, broadly construed. Begun in 1917 by Professor Charles Rufus Morey of Princeton University, it is now the most important and largest archive of Medieval art anywhere in the world. The Index was begun in order to trace the history and evolution of iconographic themes and concepts in early Christian and Medieval art in all media and in all geographic areas. Searching the index, therefore, allows one to find instances of the representation of a particular theme in widely varied artistic contexts.

Oxford Reference Online 

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Core Collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the award-winning Core Collection.

Past Masters 

Includes complete texts of the works of Augustine (New City Press translation) and Luther (Fortress Press translation).

Patrologia Latina Database 

Online version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Latina. The PLD contains all 221 volumes of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Series Latina, which includes the original 217 volumes (1844-1855) plus the later four volumes of indexes (1862-1865). The Patrologia Latina Database covers the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Some major figures included are Hilary, Ambrose, Jerome, Boethius, Isidore, Bede, Peter Damian, Bernard, Augustine, Peter Lombard, Peter Chrysologus and many others. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are also included. Although the text is primarily in Latin, the database has an English language search engine and help. A cross-search option allows users to find search terms in both the Patrologia Latina Database and the Acta Sanctorum Database. Also, Brill's edition of Jan Frederik Niermeyer's Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus is available from the search page. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are also included.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Access restricted to 10 users at one time - if you cannot access because of this restriction please try again a short time later or email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

 

For a wide list of theological periodicals, some scholarly and some not, see Internet theology resources: online theology-related periodicals - www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/itr/jour.html - from The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (liberal arts colleges in Minnesota) but note - it has not been updated recently. Or try the Directory of Open Access Journals.

 

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Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university's ebooks via iDiscover. To understand more about ebook read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.

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Websites

For information on searching for websites, see Effective internet searching.

An introduction to using the web, aimed specifically at religious studies, is available from the Virtual Training Suite. It is particularly strong on links to texts.

The Divinity Library's webpages contain links to useful electronic and web resources.

One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the internet is to use one of the many subject-related hubs or gateways. These are just a selection:

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Help within Cambridge

Library staff can provide support and assistance. During Full Term, drop-in sessions are regularly scheduled for Wednesday afternoons (14.30-16.30). You can also book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . The Colleges’ Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.

There are also links to other sources of advice at www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/admin/document-library

 

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Last updated: September 2017 by Kasia Drabek