Church History - Subjects, Thesaurus, etc.
1. Choose a database.
ATLA Religion Database
America: History & Life
2. Access and select the controlled vocabulary.
In a database, when available, click the Subject
or More>Indexes links in the top menu bar. As needed, choose a field.
3. Key in your term.
In the Browsing text box key in your topic, such as Church History,
try Relevancy Ranked for the option, and then click Browse.
4. Select your terms.
From the list of displayed subjects, click a term to display the details or drill down through available subject. Mark the checkboxes for terms that identify your topic then click the Add button, which will move your selected subject terms into the searching text box at the top of the page.
5. Search, evaluate and edit.
Go to ATLA Religion
Database. Click Indexes in top menu bar. For Browse an Index choose Subjects All. Key in a term, such as church history, then mark relevant terms. Click Add. Click Search.
Tutorials: ATLA: Searching Subject Headings for Sacred Texts of World Religions (3
Some databases have unique features such as the CLIO Notes in America: History & Life.
History and Life with Full Text
"CLIO Notes on America: History & Life guide you through subjects in United States history, by allowing you to browse through chronologies and brief summaries of significant events and themes in American history. On the main screen, you will find a list of major time periods and events. Each of these is further divided into subtopics that display informative essays and suggestions for further research. Linked subject terms are also provided, which allow you to search the entire America: History and Life database for articles, book and media reviews, and dissertations." --EBSCO
Go to the database. Click CLIO Notes (top menu bar) > The Road to Revolution > Colonial Religions > The Great Awakening
Church History - Books and eBooks
Search the ORU library catalog
- Try a subject
search for your topic. From the list of subjects that come up, click a subject to view the list of book titles.
- Citations in the Library Catalog
If you use a book from the library, do a title keyword search in the library catalog, access the record, and then click How do I Cite this? (circled in the image below) Select the correct citation style (MLA) then copy/paste/edit the citation, as needed. Note: Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual.
- Search eBooks
- Combine keyword and subject searches.
- Consider using call numbers as a search for titles on your subject.
- Use the "Chapter Results" tab to view most relevant chapters.
- Sample Titles by Subjects
- Christianity and Culture ~59 ebooks
- Church History ~230 ebooks
- Religion 2,100+ ebooks
- Sample Titles
- --In Procession Before the World: Martyrdom As Public Liturgy in Early Christianity
- --Irenaeus and Genesis : A Study of Competition in Early Christian Hermeneutics
ebrary TIPS: ebrary
Call Number Sections | Chapter Results tab
Browse ebook titles in a specific call number section
Use Advanced search.
Change Search in
menu to LC Call Number.
the call numbers (see LC outlines
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
View the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks result list,
Do a search.
When you have a list of results, click the Chapter Results tab.
- eBook Collection
- 9,600+ full-text ebooks in all disciplines. Free downloads. Restricts
full text to 1-5 simultaneous readers. Help pages | Downloading
eBooks Tutorial. EBSCO More...
Library research guide: How to find... Books & ebooks
Church History - Reference Materials
- eReference Collections
Reference books provide objective background information, quick facts, statistics, biographies,
- Biography in Context
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Church Fathers (CCEL) Free
on the Web
Provides searchable full
"Early Church Fathers
is a 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the
Church. This collection is divided into three series, Ante-Nicene(ANF), Nicene and Post-Nicene Series I (NPNF1), and Nicene and Post-Nicene Series
In the ORU Library--Church Father's call number section is BR.60...LRC-R
In the ORU library catalog
a subject search for Fathers of the Church or an author search for a church father.
search-Augustine of Hippo
(library catalog - author search)
See: subject search-"Fathers
of the Church
" (ebrary - subject search)
Concept Map Examples: Cultures | American
Christianity | church
Topic Pages Samples: Culture | Christianity
- Title - Contemporary
Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
- Go there.
- Titles Include:
American Religion, 2v, 2000
Judaica, 2nd ed., 22v, 2007
Features 21,000+ entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion. Includes the entire 16-volume print edition of the Encyclopaedia, the Year Books and the Decennials that followed, and a distinguished selection of updates.
Written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.
Special Feature: Use the icon
for text-to-speech or MP3 download.
Also available in print in the library-- Call #DS102.8.E496
of Religion, 2d ed., 15 vol. 2005
of Religion in America, 4v, 2010
of Science and Religion, 2v, 2003
- Encyclopedia of World Cultures
Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed., 15 vol., 2003, and supplements (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011)
the Library, LRC-4th Floor
For general information, use a subject encyclopedia or dictionary to look up a religion, movement, or country.
Get background information on politics, cultural and social environment, education, religion, etc. Although you cannot include general encyclopedias in a bibliography
they may be helpful as a preliminary source.
To find reference titles, use the Library
catalog, enter your keywords, and limit your results to "Reference Collection."
Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Study of Churches -- BR157.W67
What are the call number sections relevant to your
See the Library
of Congress Classification Outline and drill down to your subject.
See also: the ORU Modified LC Outline
Use call numbers to identify areas to browse in the reference collection and for searching the ebrary database.
books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection that is available for checkout. Search the title you need
in the library catalog to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and availability for checkout.
Church History - Journals and eJournals
- A-to-Z Journals List (journals, magazines, trade publications, etc.)
- Try a title key word search, find an interesting journal title and browse an issue for topic ideas.
- Sample Titles by Subject
- History: America ~1,102
See additional subject categories for Philosophy,
Psychology and Religion. (Choose a subject > select a title > follow the links to full text)
Sample Journal titles
Use the links below to access the detailed journal record. Then, drill down to a year/issue to browse or use "search within this publication" to search all issues for your topic.
History (1990-2008; title changed to Christian History & Biography in 2004)
- Church and State (1993 to present)
- Church History (1993-present)
- Church History and Religious Culture (2006 to present; embargo: 1 year)
- Journal of Religious History (1998-present; embargo: 1 year)
- TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (2000
to present) - an electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts.
- Library research guide: How to find... Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)
Church History - Websites
- The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 (Library of Congress)
"...traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life." Search by keyword or browse
the subject, author and titles indexes.
- NAPS-North American Patristics Society http://patristics.org/resources/
- Includes papers, dissertations, thesis and more dedicated to the Study of the History & Theology of Early Christianity Learn More
NAPS: Early Christian Authors
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library
of Congress) -
- Ministry Watch
- Provides ministry organization details, purpose, history, program accomplishments, statement of faith and more.
- Includes: 1) Databases and tables covering Crime, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food and Agriculture, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Indication Database,
Industry, Population, Refugees, Trade, and more); 2) Updates; and 3) Country data services. More
- The World Factbook
- U.S. Central Intelligence Agency "provides information on the
history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities."
- Subject Directories and Portals
- BUBL: Religion
- Religious Studies Web Guide: Religious Group/Subject (by Saundra Lipton)
- Wabash Center: Internet Guide to Religion
Browse Subject Headings by "Aspects of religion" or "Religions--by faith traditions, geographical areas, or people groups."
OneSearch (EBSCO's Integrated Search)
= more information
OneSearch is a comprehensive
meta search across ALL, or selective, information types and platforms available at ORU. Search multiple databases simultaneously. You choose. For example, you may search ebook
and article databases, simultaneously or the ORU library catalog and article databases,
- OneSearch is a provided by EBSCO and, although it is similar in appearance to the
and platform, it is inclusive of almost all ORU databases and many of the Web resources that are listed in the Database List.
- A folder created in any EBSCO database is the same folder
used in OneSearch.
Getting Started with a Search
shown below, two options are available to narrow, or specify, the databases to search.
Option #1 -- Choose Databases by Subject
In this option, you search all "pre-selected" databases
for a subject but you choose the subjects.
- Go to OneSearch.
- Mark the box(es) in front of the subject heading(s) to select and search all the databases in that subject group. For example, to search all databases
that have content relevant to theology, religion, history, humanities and/or government, try the following:
At the top of the page for Jump to: click Theology/Religion, mark the checkbox in front of Theology/Religion, and
then click the Top link at the far right, to go back to the top of the page.
Now, at the top, repeat the process for History,
humanities & Gov't.
- Click the Continue button.
- Enter your key words then search, limit, and evaluate your results. Tweak your search, as needed. Remember, use the folder to store items even those from non-EBSCO databases.
You may want to browse the list of databases and select just those that are relevant and appropriate
for your research needs. For example, if you do not need ebooks or books for your research, eliminate the book databases prior to beginning your search.
#2 -- Databases A-Z
In this option, you choose databases from a comprehensive alphabetical database list.
- Go to OneSearch.
- At the top of the page, click Databases A-Z.
- Mark the checkboxes in front of the database(s) you wish to search.
For example, to look for items on the topic of the societal or political impact on Christianity in America, you may choose to mark the checkboxes for Academic
America: History and Life with Full Text,
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials,
Christian Periodical Index, etc.
TIP: For suggested article, ebook and/or reference databases, refer to the library guide
on your topic. Or, contact Ask-A-Librarian for a suggested list of databases to
- Click the Continue button at the top or bottom of the page.
- Search, evaluate and edit your results as needed. Save and manage your information in your EBSCO folder.
TIP: Consider a simple, comprehensive search in ONESearch to identify databases where your topic
appears. Do a basic search and review your results. Then use advanced queries (i.e., use the thesaurus/subject terms,
combine searches, and select from available search fields) to search those databases individually that had relevant items in your results list.