Guide to Finding
Here are some ways to access journal articles through Archabbey
Library. Print versions of some journals can be found in the
periodicals section of the library. Others can be accessed in
full-text versions through our online databases. If you discover an
article you want and the library does not subscribe to the journal,
electronically or in print, you can order the article through Interlibrary
Searching for Articles
The best place to begin searching for articles is a database or
index. Online databases have full-text articles available
online. Indexes find individual titles in journals. Often the full
text of the article is linked online. Some of the best databases
and indexes for finding articles in theology or philosophy are:
- Academic Search Premier. Online
database citations, abstracts and full-text articles. Indexes over
10,000 journals from all academic disciplines, including more than
500 in religion and philosophy, most of which are available
- ATLA Religion Database with
Online index accessed through EBSCOhost. Contains over one million
bibliographic citations to journal articles, essays in books and
book reviews in the field of religion. Contains some full-text
access to articles.
- Catholic Periodical and Literature
Online through EBSCOhost and in print. Indexes periodicals, books,
newspapers, and papal documents dealing expressly with the practice
of Catholic faith and life. Online begins with 1981. For pre-1981
literature, consult print edition in Indexes, call number: Ref.
- New Testament Abstracts.
Online through EBSCOhost and in print. Online edition begins with
1985. Sources are both journal articles and books. Print edition
begins in 1956 and is found in the Archabbey Library Periodicals
- Old Testament Abstracts.
Online through EBSCOhost and in print. Begins in 1978. Sources are
predominantly journal articles but also include books, essays and
software. Print edition is shelved in Reference, call number: Ref.
These collections contain a wealth of full-text articles on
religion and theology, Church history, art, architecture, and
music, as well as classical languages and literature.
- The Philosopher's Index. A
current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly
research in all major fields of philosophy. It indexes research
published since 1940 including nearly 570 journals from 43
How to Log on to Databases
On campus: If you are on campus, go to the
library's website and click on the "Database" tab and choose the
database you want. If you search for a topic in WorldCat Local,
which is the library catalog, articles from Arachabbey Library's
databases will be included in search results.
Off campus: If you are off campus, click
on the "Databases" tab or find resources using the catalog. When
you try to open a restricted resource such as an EBSCO database or
JSTOR, you will be asked to log in. Your user ID is the 14-digit
barcode number from your Archabbey Library card. The first time you
attempt to log in, you need to set up a password. Click on
"Set/Reset Password" and follow instructions. If you have trouble
logging on, call the library at (800) 987-7311 for help.
EBSCOhost databases can be searched
in a number of ways. The advanced search window offers more search
options. To begin a search, you can do a keyword search, which is
the default, or a subject search. Once you find a citation on your
subject, open the full record and look at the "subjects" category.
Each of the listed subjects is hyperlinked to other articles on the
same subject. This is a good way to find other articles on your
JSTOR is a very large database of academic
articles, but it is not indexed. So all of your searches are going
to be keyword searches of the full text of all the articles in
JSTOR. You have to be patient and try to find distinctive words or
combinations of words to narrow your search. It can take time, but
it is worth it.
Resources for Theological
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks
The following is a highly selective list of recent reference
sources that contain short entries and articles on theological
ideas, terminology, religious figures, practice and doctrine.
Entries with "dictionary" in the title tend to have shorter entries
and to focus more on terminology.
Those with "encyclopedia" in the title tend to have longer
entries on a wider range of topics. Both frequently have signed
articles by prominent scholars and bibliographies of important
In addition to the general sources listed below, Archabbey
Library has numerous, more specialized reference sources like these
on narrower topics, such as: angels, the early Church, Islam,
Judaism, Coptic Christianity, monasticism, patristics and saints.
To find these, consult the library catalog or ask a librarian.
New Catholic Encyclopedia,
2nd ed. This resource can be accessed online or in print. The
online version can be found by clicking on the "reference" tab of
the library's main page. It is in the Gale Virtual Reference
Library. The print version is in the Reference Section of the
library, call number: Ref. BX841.N44 2003. 15 volumes. This is a
basic resource for all subjects relating to Catholicism and
- Oxford Reference Online. The is a general
online reference database. It contains a number of dictionaries and
encyclopedias in religion, theology and Church history. It can
be found under the "Reference" tab of the library's main page.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia. First edition
of the 15-volume Catholic
Encyclopedia (1907-1913) made available online by New
Advent. Some of the scholarship is dated, but many articles are
- Dictionary of Fundamental Theology. Ed. by René
Latourelle. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1994. Call number: Ref.
BT1102.D5813 1994. One volume. In-depth articles by major scholars
on figures, ideas, schools and movements in Christian theology.
Each article has a bibliography.
- The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. Ed. by
Richard P. O'Brien, et al. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco,
1995. Call number: Ref. BX841.H37 1995. One volume. Short articles
on figures, events, movements, ideas and institutions, with longer
articles on some theological issues.
- The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought. Ed. by
Adrian Hastings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Call
number: Ref. BR95.O94 2000. One volume. Entries by prominent
scholars on theological, spiritual and moral aspects of
Christianity. Each entry has a short bibliography.
- The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church,
3rd ed. Ed. by E.A. Livingstone. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1997. Call number: Ref. BR95.O8 1997. One volume.
A good first source. Entries on figures, events, practices, terms
and movements. Most entries have a short bibliography.
- World Christian
Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Ed. by David B.
Barrett et. al. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Call
number: Ref. BR95.W67 2001. Two volumes. A comparative and
statistical survey of churches and Christian denominations in the
contemporary world. Organized by country, region, language,
Indexes and Databases
The following indexes and databases are available through
Archabbey Library. Some are available in print, some are online,
others are on CD and are searchable on computers in the Library.
Some are available in more than one format. Two online
indexes, Academic Search
Elite and ATLASerials, provide full-text
access to some of the articles indexed.
- EBSCOhost databases. Includes Academic Search
Premier, which contains citations, abstracts and full-text
articles. Indexes over 10,000 journals from all academic
disciplines, including more than 500 in religion and philosophy,
most of which are available full-text.
- ATLA Religion Database with
ALTASerials. Online index accessed through EBSCOhost.
Contains over one million bibliographic citations to journal
articles, essays in books and book reviews in the field of
religion. Contains abstracts for some articles and some full-text
access to articles.
- Catholic Periodical and Literature
Index. Online through EBSCOhost and in print. Indexes
periodicals, books, newspapers and papal documents dealing
expressly with the practice of Catholic faith and life. Online
begins with 1981. For pre-1981 literature, consult print edition in
Indexes, call number: Ref. AI3.C3.
- ETHX on the Web. Index of journal
articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports,
books, audio-visuals and news articles relating to bioethics and
- New Testament Abstracts. Online through
EBSCOhost and in print. Online edition begins with 1985. Sources
are both journal articles and books. Print edition begins in 1956
and is found in the Archabbey Library Periodicals collection.
- Old Testament Abstracts. Online through
EBSCOhost and in print. Begins in 1978. Sources are predominantly
journal articles but also include books, essays and software. Print
edition is shelved in Reference, call number: Ref. BS410.O42.
- JSTOR. These collections contain a
wealth of full-text articles on religion and theology, Church
history, art, architecture and music, as well as classical
languages and literature.
- Oxford Reference Online. Oxford
Reference Online brings together language and subject reference
works from Oxford University Press into a single
cross-searchable resource. It contains dictionaries of
religion, the saints, popes, and many other topics in theology and
Useful Internet Sources
There are many open access online sources for both primary and
secondary literature in theology. Here are a few of the more
reliable sources of high-quality literature and scholarly tools
such as Bible concordances.
- BibleGateway.com. A concordance
and subject search engine for a large array of Bible translations
in many languages, including 21 English versions. A concordance is
an alphabetical list of all the words in a work. A biblical
concordance can be used to locate a known biblical passage or to
learn how a particular word or phrase is used throughout the
- Christian Classics Ethereal
Library. A good source for the writings of
Church Fathers and classic Christian writers. It also has numerous
editions of the Bible in original languages, multiple English
versions, as well as other modern language versions.
- Corpus Thomisticum. A site
devoted to the study of the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. It
contains a Latin edition of his complete works, bibliographies of
secondary literature, links to works about St. Thomas and
modern language translations of St. Thomas' writings. It also
has a very useful online concordance, Index Thomisticus, which allows
electronic word searching in St. Thomas' writings.
- Crosswalk.com. A concordance
for 27 different English translations of the Bible. It also allows
searching two English translations using Strong's Concordance,
which searches using the root form of the Greek or Hebrew word from
which words in the English were translated.
- Textes des Philosophes.
Provides links to web pages about individual philosophers and
philosophical theologians as well as links to online editions of
- Wabash Center Internet Guide to
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, liturgies, reference resources, software,