Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. are often a great way to start your research. They can help you understand your research topic, define terms that may appear in scholarly journal articles, and gather background information to build context.
CREDO ReferenceThis link opens in a new windowA full-text online reference service, CREDO contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.
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Beginning Your Research: General Resources
These resources provide access to magazine, newspaper and scholarly articles on a variety of topics.
Academic Search PremierThis link opens in a new windowA multi-disciplinary database with full text in many topics including the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and most areas of academic study.
ProQuestThis link opens in a new windowSearch a comprehensive file of periodicals for a broad range of subject areas including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests.
JSTORThis link opens in a new windowA digital archive includes more than 3,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are generally not available.
Project MuseThis link opens in a new windowFull text access to a selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.
These are the best specialized databases for your work in Religion or other theological research
ATLA Serials PlusThis link opens in a new windowAn index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion
Old Testament AbstractsThis link opens in a new windowIndexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, and philology.
New Testament AbstractsThis link opens in a new windowAccess to New Testament scholarship, Biblical theology, and the world of the New Testament. The database contains article abstracts, review abstracts, and book abstracts.
Encyclopedia JudaicaProvides 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.
ATLA Historical Monographs Collection IThis link opens in a new windowSeries 1 presents more than 15,000 titles from 13th century through the 1893 World Parliament of Religions. The collection includes many volumes in Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and other languages besides English documenting the recovery of languages used during the biblical era.
ATLA Historical Monographs Collection IIThis link opens in a new windowSeries 2 presents more than 15,000 titles from 1894-1923 giving a comprehensive picture of religion in America at the turn of the century.
Logos Seminary CollectionThis link opens in a new windowA digitized collection of several thousand classic texts from seminary libraries, this collection is searchable by author, title, or Biblical passage.
Open Access Digital Theological LibraryThe OADTL currently provides access to over 190,000 ebooks and thousands of journals with a growing collection. OADTL collections are composed primarily of books and articles. The collections are ecumenical, global, and interreligious and include materials in all languages.