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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions Concise Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie Ecclésiastiques (DHGE) online
Provides encyclopedia articles on the global history of the Catholic Church, with entries primarily in French on people, places, and institutions from antiquity to the present day. Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd ed.
Provides extensive facts and a detailed overview of Judaism, Jewish life and the contribution of Jews to world cultures from ancient to modern times. Source published in 2007. Online access via Gale Virtual Reference Library. Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Gale)
Covers a wealth of topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment. This work helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations. Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Gale)
Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage. Encyclopedia of Human Development Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Gale)
The Encyclopedia contains more than 2,100 entries including 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more. Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development Encyclopedia of World Poverty Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online
Contains the most current state of knowledge on the origins and development of the Bible in the canons within Judaism and Christianity. It documents the history of biblical reception, not only in Christian churches and the Jewish Diaspora, but also in Islam, other non-Western religious traditions and movements. Source originally published 2010 and continuously updated. Online access via De Gruyter. Human Rights Encyclopedia
Provides a country-by-country analysis of over 175 nations and their approach to human rights, followed by detailed examinations of topics such as torture, slavery, asylum, genocide, hostages, indigenous peoples, freedom of the press, and the right to education. New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed.
Explores many branches of knowledge with an emphasis on the Catholic worldview, the practices, places and personalities of Catholicism, the teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as topical articles on the Bible, theology, ethics, and philosophy. Content is from the revised New Catholic Encyclopedia, and includes entries from supplemental volumes. Online access via Gale Virtual Reference Library. New Dictionary of the History of Ideas New Pauly Online (advanced search)
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Electronic access to Brill´s New Pauly, Der Neue Pauly, and their supplements.
With more than 5,000 entries by an international group of eminent historians, this is the standard research tool on 1,100 years of Byzantine history. Exhaustive in its coverage, entries on patriarchy and emperors coexist with entries on surgery, musical instruments, and the baking of bread, bringing to life this vastly important culture and empire, from the 4th century to the 15th. Oxford Dictionary of the Bible, 2nd ed. Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Covers ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
Offers a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world -- Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman -- from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries. Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
A definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum
Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine Theologische Realenzyklopädie (TRE) online
A comprehensive encyclopaedia of interdisciplinary research by international scholars into different aspects of both confrontation and interaction between Christians, Jews and "pagans" in antiquity and into the complex processes that mark the transformation of late antique culture until the seventh century. Online tools related to RAC
are on the F.J. Doelger-Institut Website.
A modern specialist encyclopedia comprising 36 volumes of text (published 1976–2004) representing the present state of theological research as a whole. TRE treats the whole range of ecclesiastical and theological subjects from an ecumenical and international perspective; it deals with faith and thought, theology and church, acknowledgement and, if possible, understanding, beyond the boundaries of Christianity. Thus, in addition to the disciplines of the Old and New Testaments, church history, systematic and practical theology, the work also integrates Jewish studies, religious studies and philosophy – or rather, sees them as integral to theological study. Besides an exact reproduction of the complete text, the online version presents all the illustrations, maps, graphics and tables included in the printed volumes. A comprehensive search engine allows detailed researches which extend the bounds set by the systematic referencing of the two volumes of the overall index (published 2006 and 2007). World Christian Encyclopedia Online
Features comprehensive descriptions of all Christian traditions, including current information on the uniqueness of Christian experiences around the world. It contains estimates for religious and nonreligious affiliation in every country of the world, including detail on Christianity to the denominational level. Source is the 3rd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia published in 2019. Online access via Brill Online.
Some reference resources in the library
Digital text collections
ATLA Historical Monographs Collection - Series 1: 1200-1893 (EBSCO)
Features digital copies of the American Theological Library Association's historical monograph collection. Covers topics such as church life, doctrinal disputes, Judeo-Christian religions, non-Western religions, and social movements and reflects religious thought and practice in the Western world up to the 19th century. ATLA Historical Monographs Collection - Series 2: 1894-1923 (EBSCO)
Features digital copies of the American Theological Library Association's historical monograph collection. Covers topics such as church life, doctrinal disputes, Judeo-Christian religions, non-Western religions, and social movements and reflects religious thought and practice in the Western world from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Catholic News Archive (Catholic Research Resources Alliance)
Provides open access to selected U.S. Catholic newspapers from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Digital Karl Barth Library (Alexander Street Press)
Online compilation of the works of theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) including: The Church Dogmatics in English with the original Die kirchliche Dogmatik; the 43 volumes of Barth's Gesamtausgabe; some additional works in German; and English translations of specific texts, with new content added quarterly. Documents of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II)
via the Vatican Web Site Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in America between 1639 and 1800. Titles were selected based on Charles Evans's American Bibliography. Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America from 1801 through 1819. Contains many state papers and government reports. Titles were selected based on Ralph Shaw's and Richard H. Shoemaker's American Bibliography. Early English Books Online (ProQuest)
Provides access to digital page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and newspapers. For searchable text of selected titles see Early English Books Online -Text Creation Partnership. Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Parts I&II (Gale)
Offers full text access to nearly every English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, alongside thousands of works published in the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. Multiple editions of individual works are offered where they add scholarly value or contain important differences. Hathi Trust Digital Library
Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press)
Provides full text access to digital copies of books, pamphlets, and journals available in the public domain. Most of the freely available texts are pre-1923 imprints and government documents. Also allows full-text searching of millions of publications that are still under copyright in order to aid discovery of relevant materials. The Hathi Trust collection largely mirrors content available through Google Books
, but only the latter platform permits the exports of public domain content.
Past Masters (InteLex)
Offers online access to authoritative editions of Greek and Latin texts. English translations appear on facing pages, following the format of the print editions. The collection is searchable in English and in the original language. Also available in print
Contains selected full text of scholarly editions of many philosophers, theologians and literary writers: Anselm, Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, Austen, Chesterton, Descartes, Dewey, Feuerbach, Fichte, Foucault, Francis of Assisi, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Leibniz, Locke, Luther, Machiavelli, Marx and Engels, Merleau-Ponty, Montesquieu, Newman, Nietzsche, Ockham, Pascal, Peirce, Plato, Poinsot, Royce, Santayana, Schopenhauer, Shelley, Spinoza, Synge, Wittgenstein and Wollstonecraft, as well as collections for British Philosophy 1600-1900, The Continental Rationalists, The Latin Background: 1100-1550, and The Romantic Age. Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
Offers digital access to books, pamphlets, serials, and other sources published worldwide from 1500 to the early 20th century and documenting the history of the Americas. Titles were selected based on Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.
Current news and opinion
ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country- and industry-focused reports. Access World News (NewsBank)
Provides full text access to national and international newspaper articles and radio and television news transcripts. Many newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, offer full-image “page view” format. Includes user-friendly subject browse feature, as well as full text searchability. Coverage varies. Arts & Letters Daily
a service of the Chronicle of Higher Education BBC News
Visit BBC News for up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories. BBC News provides trusted World and UK news as well as local and regional perspectives. Also entertainment, business, science, technology and health news. Catholic News Service
U.S. Catholic news agengy EWTN News
Eternal Word Television Network - Vatican and Catholic world news. Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
Offers access to the full text of articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press. While most of the content is in English, some content in non-English languages is included. Coverage for most newspapers and magazines goes back to the early 1990s, but earlier content is also available. Internet Public Library Newspapers
Online newspapers from around the world. New York Times (NYTimes.com)
Offers access to all sections of the NYTimes.com website without monthly limits. Coverage from 1851 to present, with limited availability of articles from 1923-1980. For full text access to all NYT content except the most recent five years, use ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Subscription courtesy of the Provost's Office and Falvey Library.
Users are required to create an individual account in order to access the NYT from off-campus or via mobile app. Create your account at AccessNYT.com
. Download mobile apps from nytimes.com/mobile
. Once your account is created, you can use it to log on to NYTimes.com from anywhere with full access. Your institutional affiliation must be confirmed once a year at AccessNYT.com
Limitations on Use
Formerly known as LexisNexis Academic. Provides full text access to national and international newspaper and magazine articles and news transcripts, business, company, and industry information in the U.S. and abroad, and legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews. Coverage varies.
Limitations on Use:
LexisNexis online services and the materials contained therein are under copyright by LexisNexis. All rights reserved. No part of these Services may be used except for research purposes, and the Services may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the LexisNexis Academic Library Solutions. Materials retrieved from the Services may not be duplicated in hard copy or machine-readable form without the prior written authorization of LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions, except that limited reproduction of output is permitted solely for individual use by the Authorized User or internal distribution within the Subscribing Institution in accordance with the terms of this Agreement unless further limited or prohibited by the Copyright Act of 1976. Under no circumstances may the Materials or any portion thereof be used to create derivative products or services.
Features electronic archives for selected journals of opinion, including Commonweal, Dissent, The New Leader, The Progressive, Orion, American Spectator and The Weekly Standard. Philadelphia Inquirer, 1981- (NewsBank)
Provides full text access to articles published since 1981. Does not include ads, calendar listings, horoscopes, sports statistics, stock tables, weather forecasts, and puzzles. Religion Dispatches
Independent Website with writing on critical and timely issues at the intersection of religion, politics and culture. Reuters Top US News
Data & statistics
ARDA : archive of surveys, polls and other data
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion CARA : social scientific studies about the Catholic Church Catholic Geographic Information System Center (CGISC)
The Catholic GIS Center is simple: it is a community infrastructure for data, providing systems of engagement and systems of records for the global Catholic community. Pew Research : Hispanic Trends
Launched in 2001 as the Pew Hispanic Center, the project seeks to improve public understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The project conducts public opinion surveys, publishes demographic studies and other social science research and is well-known for its estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. Pew Research : Hot Topics Menu Pew Research : Internet & American Life
Independent research on the social impact of the internet. Pew Research Center Research Topic: Religion Pew Research Center : Datasets
Allows download of public surveys conducted on politics, religion, demographics, housing, relationships, work and many other topics. Pew Research Center: Global Attitudes & Trends
The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. Nearly 300,000 interviews in 59 countries have been conducted as part of the project's work. World Christian Database (Brill)
Provides comprehensive statistical information on Christians and denominations world-wide. World Religion Database: International Religious Demographic Statistics and Sources (Brill)
Contains detailed information on global religious affiliation; including census, survey and projection data. adherents.com
statistics and religious geography citations for world religions
Various freely available Web resources
Catholic Research Resources Portal
The Catholic Research Resources Portal, or "Catholic Portal," provides access to rare, unique and/or uncommon materials in libraries, seminaries, special collections and archives. By electronically bringing together resources in many formats from many collections, the Portal enables easy, effective and global discovery of Catholic research resources. Christian History Timelines
Copyright © 1990 by the author or Christianity Today/Christian History magazine. From Jesus to Christ Chronology
Hans Urs Von Balthasar internet archive
"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" is a PBS/FRONTLINE series on new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity.
Document meta site Index of Medieval Art (Princeton University)
Indexes, describes, and selectively presents medieval art objects with a focus on Christian iconography. Also includes Jewish, Islamic, and non-ecclesiastical subjects. Records include descriptive information, provenance, location and ownership information, bibliographical references, and, when available, a photographic reproduction of the work of art. Formerly known as Index of Christian Art. Media/Culture Reviews
From the University of Queensland, Brisbane, a online publication devoted to analysing and critiquing media and culture. Theology Library
document meta site Virtual Religion Index
document meta site