- Article Databases
- Book Reviews
- Conference Papers
- Special Collections
- TIP: Combine Searches
- TIP: Search Scriptures
- TIP: Search Hebrew/Greek Word
Theology/Religion - Article Databases
Use ORU databases to find articles, essays, book reviews,
conference papers and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases include book chapters; some now include web site links with abstracts (click
Web tab above).
- ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
- ATLA Religion
Database with ATLASerials
- Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2d
- Google Scholar Free on the Web
For links to ORU database articles include
to Jewish Periodicals
- Guide to articles, book reviews &
feature stories in 220+ journals devoted to Jewish affairs.
- Oxford Music Online
Articles on composers, performers,
conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works.
of The Oxford Companion to Music
and The Oxford Dictionary of Music
: Keyword or browse the Subject Entries
See: Oxford Tips for Users
Guides & Timelines
- TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network) Free on the Web
- 19,500+ thesis/dissertation titles. No abstracts; no full text. Offers digital e-docs for download and purchase. Prices vary per item.
- Makes available 1,725 conference papers:
- Church History
History and Life with Full Text
Abstracts with Full Text
search multiple EBSCO databases
- Print Indexes
- New Testament Abstracts
- Print -- Call number BS410.N35 LRC-P, Index shelf; covers 1956-current.
- Old Testament Abstracts
- Print -- Call number BS410.O42 LRC-P, Index shelf; Covers 1978 - 1995.
Database -- covers 1978-present.
For search tips see Find...Articles library guide
Theology/Religion - Books
For general information see How to Find Books & eBooks library guide.
- To find books or ebooks, search the library catalog using broad keywords and subjects that identify your topic(s). Try a library catalog subject
search for your topic. Then, from the list of subjects that come up, click a subject to view the list of book titles.
Citations -- If you use a book from the library, access the detailed record in the library catalog, and then click How do I Cite this?. Select the correct citation style, such as Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, then copy/paste/edit the citation, as needed.
Note: Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual.
- eBook titles
are included in the library catalog with links to the ebook, but you may prefer to search an ebook database instead of using the library catalog.
- ebrary: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion ~7,760
- 80,000+ academic ebooks in all subject areas; see ebrary's Quick Start Guide
- Search: Combine subject and keyword searching to focus your results.
- Store: To save, manage and annotate in ebooks use the ebrary bookshelf. (The bookshelf login is your ORU network login. (Your username is your ORU email address without @oru.edu.).)
- Sample ebook titles by subject:
History ~387 ebooks
Pastoral Theology ~50 ebooks
Religion: The Christian Life ~66 ebooks
Worship (Public and
private) ~23 ebooks
ebrary Call Number Sections | Use Chapter Results tab
Browse ebook titles in a specific call number section
Use Advanced search.
menu to LC Call Number.
Type the call numbers (see LC outlines
Click Search ebrary.
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.
Collection: Religion 1,580+ ebooks EBSCOhost
- A multi-disciplinary collection of ~9,600 ebooks, including the Association of Christian College Collection.
Search: Advanced Search or Visual Search for keywords, subjects, author, etc.
- Store: To save, manage, write notes, and more use the EBSCO folder. (You create a username and password.)
- Sample ebook titles by subject:
- Bible ~235
History ~351 ebooks
- Important Note: Allows one to five simultaneously readers of the full text so it is possible the full text may not be available to read.
For general information on ebooks see: Find...Books & ebooks
Theology/Religion - Reference Materials
- See the Theological Reference Books library guide for print and online book titles.
- Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, by Jim Rosscup, call #BR491.2.R827
- An Introduction to Theological Research: A Guide for College and Seminary Students, by Barber and Krauss, cal # BR118.B28 LRC-R
- Reference Works for Theological Research, by Kepple and Muether, call #BR118.K46 LRC-R
- Theological Resources for Ministry: A Bibliography of Works in Theological Studies, by Don Thorsen, call #BR118.T445 LRC-R
- 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)
- Credo Reference Center
- Full text entries for 610+ online reference titles.
Concept Map example for church
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Go there.
- Titles Include:
American Religion, 2v, 2000
Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations, 2005
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 Buddhism, 2v, 2004
of Islam and the Muslim World, 2v, 2004
of Philosophy, 2d ed., 10 vol., 2006
of Religion, 2d ed., 15 vol. 2005
of Religion in America, 4v, 2010
of Science and Religion, 2v, 2003
of Science, Technology, and Ethics, 4 vol., 2005
Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed., 15 vol., 2003, and supplements (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement, Jubilee Volume: The Wojtyla Years, 2001
- Jewish Encyclopedia Free on the Web
- Also available in the library, call number DS102.8.J65 LRC-R.
In the Library, LRC-4th Floor
print Reference Collection includes commentaries, handbooks, atlases, theological and religious dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. To find specific
reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection."
just browse the shelves. Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.
up a bookmark at the reference desk.
It outlines the reference collection by call numbers and lists selected theological areas
of Congress Classification Outline (select class B) | ORU Modified LC Outline
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.
Theology/Religion - Journals
- ORU journal titles may be available full text online, in the library in print or microform formats, or in multiplel formats. (For detailed information see How to Find Journals.) Use the A-to-Z Journals List to see if the library has the title you need. more...
In the text box, key in title keywords or an exact title. Select a search type. Click go. Then, click a title in the list and follow the links to the full text.
— To access the journal online select a database listed below the journal title. Note the date(s) available. Some journals may be available in
more than one database so choose a database that has the dates you need.
— When a title is available in paper, CD-ROM or microform only, you will see the link Oral Roberts University Library Holdings. This link
goes to the title record in the library catalog where you can check the subscription summary to see the dates/issues held.
- Sample Titles
- International Bulletin of Missionary Research
- Browse titles by Subject
In the A-to-Z Journals List click the Subjects tab, choose a subject then select
and drill down to a subject of interest to you. Follow the links to the full text.
- Sample Journal Title groups:
- Philosophy, Psychology
and Religion (~2,509 titles)
- The Bible (~74 titles)g
- Christianity (~238 titles)
- Ethics (~81 titles)
TIP: How to find articles in or browse a specific
- Go to the Philosophy,
Psychology and Religion subject listing in the A-Z Journals List to view the sub-categories for that subject.
- CLICK Ethics (~80 titles) under the Philosophy heading.
- FIND Journal of Religious Ethics.
If you only know part of the title, use Search Type:
If you know the exact title use Search Type: Exact Match.
Note that date restrictions vary for the databases listed. Click the database title that has the relevant date(s) for your research.
- Select the available location you want to use. For example:
CLICK Oral Roberts University Library Catalog to view in-house items (microform, print, bound, CD-ROM)
CLICK ATLA Religion database with ATLA Serials to go to a list of all available full text journal articles in the database..
CLICK Academic Search Complete to go to Publication Details for Journal of Religious Ethics.
To search a keyword or topic in all the issues, use the Search within this publication link
and type a term or topic you want to find in the journal.
To browse the articles in a specific issue, drill down through the dates and volumes/issue links. The article result list
will be in page number order.**
** Important: From the A-Z Journals List, an ATLA Religion Database link displays all of the articles for the journal. Most
other database links go to the journal Publication Details, as in the examples above (ATLA cf. Academic Search Complete).
citation options in EBSCO databases, click the article title to go to full record view, and then use the Cite link icon in the right sidebar.
Several citation formats are available.
- DOAJ: Religion (Directory of ~98 Open Access Journals) Free on the Web
- Browse Journals
in an ORU Databases
- In the database, look for a publications link then search or browse the titles.
For example, in EBSCO databases use the Publications link (shown right), or similar, to browse or search journal titles within
Theology/Religion - Biographies
- Find full text biographical information in ORU databases.
- Biography in Context
History & Life
- Search: Type biography and change Select a Field (optional) to SU Subject Terms. On
the second line type the person's name. (shown below)
Or, use the People index (See Academic Search Complete, above)
- ATLA Religion
- Type the person's name, change Select a Field (optional) to NA Subject Name Personal, and click Search.
Or, click Indexes in the top menu bar. For Browse an Index: select Name as
Subject. Type the person's name using the format last name, first name.
- Literary Reference Center
- Click Browse Authors in the top menu bar to browse authors by name, culture, country, genre and movement.
SU Bonhoeffer, Deitrich (author biography in LRC)
- To look for full-length biographies in the library catalog or in WorldCat (FirstSearch or open
access.), do a subject search for the name of the desired person. For collective biographies, do a combination subject search for a topic or class
of persons (e.g. evangelists) and the word biography.
For more tips, see the Biographical Information Library guide.
Theology/Religion - Book Reviews
Some databases allow you to limit the search to book reviews. Use subject specific databases related to the book topic for more reviews and
greater depth than a general, multidisciplinary database such as Academic Search Premier.
Note that not all databases will contain
full text. See: How to Find... Articles
general, as you begin your search in a database, limit your search results to Publication Type: Review (shown below), or Document
Type: Book Review, if available in the database.
After your have done a search and have a list of results, use the Source Type category
in the left sidebar and limit to Reviews, if available. Just check the box.
Library Guide How to Find...Book Reviews.
Theology/Religion - Conference Papers
- TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network) Free Database on
- Indexes 19,500+ thesis/dissertation titles. No abstracts; no full text. Offers digital e-docs for download and purchase. Prices vary.
- • Makes available 1,725 conference papers, including:
- Evangelical Theological Society (1,129 papers); American Society of Church History (150 papers); Society for Pentecostal Studies (75 papers); North American
Patristic Society (20 papers); American Catholic Historical Association (14 papers)
- • See: New search functionality (PDF)
Theology/Religion - Special Collections
Spirit Research Center (LRC-5th floor)
One of the largest and most comprehensive Pentecostal/Charismatic and Holy Spirit collections in the world. Contains more than
- 12,000 books, including many significant theses and dissertations
- 300 Pentecostal/Charismatic magazines
- 4,500 audio tapes and cassettes
- vertical files of tracts, pamphlets, brochures, unpublished papers, newsletters, and news articles
- hundreds of sound recordings, films, photographs, and microfilms
Elmar Camilio dos Santos Collection (LRC-4th floor)
Nearly 1,200 volumes which consists
almost exclusively of valuable Judaic and early Christian biblical and religious texts and scholarly reference works.
Almost all of these holdings are in non-English languages, mainly Hebrew, German, and Greek, requiring readers with more than minimal
proficiency in each.
Elmar dos Santos was a distinguished Christian biblical scholar with special interest in both Judaica (including Septuagint studies) and the
Synoptic Gospels. His library expresses these interests, including rare and specialized Judaic sources.
Dos Santos received his doctoral training in Jerusalem, where he lived for twenty-three years, during which time he also taught in several venues.
He became acquainted
with then-student and now-Professor Brad Young during his studies. Together they worked with the late Dr. Robert Lindsey, whose hypothesis of Lukan priority among the
Synoptic Gospels continues to be evaluated and extended through scholars at ORU and in academic societies such as the Society for Biblical Literature. Portions of Santos
support such scholarship.
JTS Collection (LRC-4th floor)
Especially through the work of
Dr. Brad Young, the seminary has fostered strong ties with the Jewish community as part of its conviction that Christians should understand the origins of their faith
in large measure by understanding respectfully and deeply the Judaism from which Christianity was born and with which it still has unique relations.
Through Dr. Young’s acquaintance with scholars and librarians at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the University
was able to purchase the holdings that constitute this special, secure and non-circulating collection. Among its many volumes that are found infrequently to rarely in
North American libraries is the Monatschrift für die Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums.
William Sanford LaSor Memorial Library (LRC-4th floor)
Reflecting the linguistic interests
of its eponym, the 3,500 volumes of the William Sanford LaSor Memorial Library (LaSor) consist primarily of reference works on biblical and cognate Ancient Near Eastern
languages, supplemented by volumes of specialized biblical, historical, and theological studies, many color transparencies of his extensive travels, and his personal teaching
Ordained as a Presbyterian minister and serving as a military chaplain, LaSor also completed two Ph.D.’s – one in Old Testament
studies, the other in New Testament.
Author (some jointly) of twenty-six books, LaSor is acknowledged as a leading Old Testament evangelical scholar of the last
quarter of the twentieth century.
He taught for many years at Fuller Theological Seminary. His appreciation of ORU’s desire to foster irenic scholarship in
Judaic-Christian studies facilitated purchase of this personal study library from his estate by the School of Theology & Missions.
Ongoing review by STM professors
confirms the value of this collection for especially students pursuing the concentration in Advanced Languages within the M.A., Biblical Literature.
Note: The three special collections above, located on LRC-4th floor, are non-circulating and secured in locked rooms accessible only by
patron request at the Circulation Desk.
Theology/Religion - OneSearch
A comprehensive meta search across ALL information types of platforms available at ORU. Search multiple databases simultaneously.
As shown below, two options
are available to specify or select databases to search.
Database Selection, Option #1
Search pre-selected databases for a subject.
the box(es) in front of the subject heading(s) to select and search all the databases in that subject group.
CAUTION! You may want to browse the list of databases
for your subject before you begin your search as some may not be relevant to, or appropriate for, your research needs.
Database Selection, Option #2
Select databases from a comprehensive alphabetical database
the Databases A-Z link.
From the alphabetical list, mark the
databases to search and then click the Continue button.
TIP: For senior paper research, consider a simple search in ONESearch to identify databases where your topic
appears. Then, search those databases individually with advanced queries (i.e., use the thesaurus/subject terms, combine searches, and select from available search fields).
Theology/Religion - Web Sites
- Church History
- The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 (by Library
of Congress) - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/ncuhtml/csbchome.html
"...traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community
Search by keyword or browse the subject, author and titles indexes.
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (by
Library of Congress) - http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/
- Religion/ Theology
Religion Database Electronic Information Resources
- Includes records, links, and abstracts for hundreds of theology and religion websites. Several sample websites are listed below.
See how to find a list of 300+
with abstracts in ATLA.
Search/ Limit: In addition to using key terms to describe your topic, use some of the options below for
a more sophisticated strategy.
- On the Advanced tab, for Limit your results to Publication Type, select Multimedia. Then, key in "electronic resource" in the TI Title field.
- Refine your results by marking Source Types: Multimedia (located in the left menu bar).
- As in the example shown below, use NOT to eliminate Publication Type: Review and Publication
Type: Article, unless you are looking for reviews or articlse.
Example below: electronic resource NOT review* in Publication
- Adherents.com http://www.adherents.com/
"...Over 40,000 statistics for over 4,200 faith groups from all major and most minor religions, listing number of adherents, number of congregations, and number of countries.
Includes both world totals and regional/country breakdowns"--Home page source code. [EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- American Catholic Historical Society (Digitized library provided by Villanova Univ.)
- The Bible Tool http://www.crosswire.org/study/index.jsp
"...a free, evolving open source tool for exploring the Bible and related texts online. Created by CrossWire Bible Society, the Society of Biblical Literature and the American
Bible Society as the first in a number of coming Bible engagement tools using an XML standard called OSIS, we provide power searching capabilities and cutting edge tools to
help you engage the Bible at a deeper level"--Title screen. [EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- Codex Sinaiticus http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/
"The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration [including the British Library, Leipzig University Library in Germany, the Monastery of St. Catherine
in Sinai and the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg] to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time--About
Page. Title from English title screen (viewed July 7, 2009). English, German, Greek, and Russian." [EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative - CDRI http://www.atla.com/digitalresources/
"The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository
of digital resources contributed by member libraries. The creation of CDRI has been made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation"--Database
title screen. [EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- Documenta Catholica Omnia http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/ eBook Index
"...the official web site of the Cooperatorum Veritatis Societas, which publishes full text official versions of each written document belonging to the Roman Catholic
and Apostolic Church, in their original languages as well as in faithful translations.... Updated monthly. Includes material from Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologiae cursus completus:
Series Latina published 1844-1864 and Series Graeca published 1833-1873. Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 6, 2009)"[EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- Early Church Textshttp://www.earlychurchtexts.com/main/homepage/homepage.shtml
"...a vast amount of information on the Early Church (from the first to the fifth century) and a growing number of original language Greek and
Latin texts (now around 110, which are mainly extracts dealing with major themes and controversies). All the texts have online dictionary links, English translations, and
notes"--Title screen page [EBSCO ATLA electronic resource]
- North American Patristics Society http://patristics.org/resources/
Dedicated to the Study of the History & Theology of Early Christianity Learn More
6,000+ articles and book chapters
"Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics,
Worship, Missions and Religious Education....Provides full text chapters, monographs, speeches and articles online. Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 7, 2005)." [EBSCO
ATLA electronic resource]
- Other Selected Web Resources Covering Religion
- BUBL: Religion - http://link.bubl.ac.uk/religion/
- Librarians' Index to the Internet: Religion and Theology (directory)
- MEL: Religion (Michigan Electronic Library) - http://mel.org/social/SOC-religion.html
- Religious Studies Web Guide: Religious Group/Subject - http://www.ucalgary.ca/~lipton/subject.html
- Theological Journals Search - http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=018443097211386924752%3Aluwi5uy2qbe
Searches 350 open access religious journals on multiple Web sites.
- Virtual Religion Index (Rutgers University Religion Department) - http://religion.rutgers.edu/vri/xnity.html
- Wabash Center: Internet Guide to Religion - http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/guide_headings.aspx
Browse Subject Headings by "Aspects of religion" or "Religions--by faith traditions, geographical areas, or people groups."
- Statistics and Data
- The Gallup Organization
Polls on social issues, ethics, values, etc <h.ttp://www.gallup.com>
- FedStats - http://www.fedstats.gov
Public interest statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.
FedStats: Statistical Reference Shelf
Most databases have features or tools that allow you to copy and paste citations. However, always edit the citation to conform to proper citation style formatting and the requirements of your professor. Always consult the print style manual for exact formatting and punctuation.
The following examples are for frequently used resources.
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 a citation style, such as Turabian, then copy/paste/edit the citation.
ARTICLES in EBSCOhost
For a single article citation:
In an EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Complete or ATLA Religion Database, use the Cite link in the "Tools" menu on the right sidebar.
From your list of results, click an article title to access the detailed record. Click the “cite” button in the right toolbar. Choose the recommended style, then copy, paste and edit the citation.
Note: The "Tools" menu in the right sidebar is only available on the article detailed record; it does not show up on the results page.
For multiple citations use the EBSCO folder.
ATTENTION: To save your articles for later use, make sure you log in to your personal folder!
- After you add the articles to the folder, click Folder has items at the top of the page.
In the folder:
- Click the checkboxes to select/mark items to be cited.
- Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
In the Print Manager window:
- Uncheck the HTML Full Text box and the Search History box, if shown and checked.
- Choose a Citation Format.
- Click Print to get your selected items reformatted for printing, or copying. (Cancel the printing.) Copy/paste/edit the citations. Note: You may choose to print or save the citation list.
= vendor's database description
|OneSearch (EBSCO's Integrated Search Interface)
How to Combine Your Searches
Concept #1: Use a Subject Search
Click Indexes in the blue menu bar > For Browse an Index select Subjects ALL > In
the Browse for text box type your subject > Click the Browse button > mark Term(s) to add in the search line > click Add > click Search
#2: Use a Subject Search
Click the Scriptures link in the top menu.
Click a book or click "Expand" to drill down to select a chapter or verse.
Concept #1 and #2 Searches
- Click Search History (under the Select a Field option).
- Mark the checkbox for the searches to combine.
- Click Search with AND or Search with OR.
- > Choose Subjects ALL > type your subject > mark Term(s) > click Add > click Search
- The Search History link is a show/hide option. To hide the search history, click the link; to view, click the link again.
- Any number of searches can be combined.
- Searches can also be combined with new keywords in any field. Simply type the search # you want to use in the text field and add your keyword(s) on the other text rows.
How to Search Scripture References
In ATLA Religion Database,
click the Scriptures link in the top menu.
Select a book or use the "Expand" link to drill down to select a chapter or verse.
How to Search Hebrew or Greek Words
Key in Your Word(s)
In ATLA Religion Database, to search a
Hebrew or Greek word as the subject type the following in the text box:
Hebrew language--Terms-- add your search word
Greek language--Terms-- add your search word
Or, Browse Words in the Index
Click Indexes in the top menu. For Browse an Index: select Subjects All.
language--terms-- or Hebrew language--terms-- in the Browse for text box. Press Enter to view a list of terms. Mark your term(s), click the Add
button, and then click Search.
To add additional terms to your query, select an index then type your term in the Browse for text box.