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Acta sanctorum : the full text database
Description:  "[An] electronic version of the complete texts of the sixty-eight unprinted volumes ... [C]omprises the works published over a period of three hundred years by the Societé des Bollandistes ... including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Biblioteca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers ... also included."
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African American historical serials collection
Description:  The African American Historical Serials Collection features 173 periodicals spanning from 1816 through 1922. The periodicals in this collection include newspapers and magazines, in addition to reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions. This collection was developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture.
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American Methodism project
Description:  The American Methodism Project is a digitized collection of interdisciplinary and historical materials related to American Methodism.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
American Theological Library Association (ATLA) historical monographs collection (Series 1)
Description:  "Presents more than 15,000 titles from the 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"--Databases page.
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American Theological Library Association (ATLA) historical monographs collection (Series 2)
Description:  "Consists of nearly 15,000 titles published from 1894 through 1923. It presents a comprehensive picture of religion in America at the turn of the century"--Databases page.
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Association of Religion Data Archives : ARDA
Description:  Provides data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations, and denominations). Includes interactive map and membership reports of religious congregations, adherents, and rates of adherence, searchable by state, county, and metropolitan area. Also provides the 2004 General Social Survey, the National Congregational Study, and over 190 other studies. Offers background information, survey questions (codebook), keyword searching of all data files, and applications to create custom surveys and maps using many variables.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
Description:  The ATLA Religion Database is a comprehensive database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. The file contains citations from international titles and 13,000 multi-author works in and related to the field of religion. It also includes a full range of index citations to journal articles, essays in multi-author works, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects from ATLA's print indexes: Religion Index One (RIO), Religion Index Two (RIT), and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (IBRR). Though coverage is from 1949 to the present, not all publications began in 1949.
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Biblical Archaeology Society online archive
Description:  Contains the content of selected journals and books published by the Biblical Archaeology Society. Includes each issue of the magazines Biblical archaeology review, Bible review, and Archaeology odyssey, and the content of five books. The site allows users to browse the entire corpus of material and perform Boolean searches by title, author, subject, word, issue, or date range in any combination.
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Calvin, works and correspondence
Description:  The Works and Correspondence of John Calvin contains a) Institutes of the Christian Religion, translated by Ford Lewis Battles, published by Westminster Press, 1960; b) Tracts and Treatises (3 vols.), translated by Henry Beveridge, originally published by the Calvin Translation Society (Edinburgh) in 1851, republished with additional material (not included here) by Wm. B. Eerdman's in 1958; c) Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.), edited by Dr. Jules Bonnet, translated by David Constable, originally published in 1855-57 (Edinburgh: T. Constable; London: Hamilton, Adams) and reprinted in 1972 by Burt Franklin. Page numbers for b) and c) in the database refer to the Eerdman's and Franklin editions.
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Canterbury dictionary of hymnology
Description:  "The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is the public launch of the 'impossible task' - the replacement for the Dictionary of Hymnology produced by John Julian in 1892, with a supplement in 1907. The Dictionary is the result of ten years' research by a team of editors headed by Professor J.R. Watson, University of Durham, UK, and Dr Emma Hornby, University of Bristol, UK. It is an essential reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary. It will be of interest to literary scholars, musicians, church historians, and theologians, and a delight for those who love the hymn as an art form." - Homepage
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Catholic periodical and literature index
Description:  Includes indexed citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.
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Chicago manual of style online
Description:  Provides information on manuscript preparation, punctuation, spelling, quotations, captions, tables, abbreviations, references, bibliographies, notes, and indexes, with sections on journals and electronic media.
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Digital Karl Barth library
Description:  The database features the entire corpus of Barth's Gesamtausgabe. Published under the TVZ imprint, this definitive edition of Barth's works in German currently comprises 42 volumes of theological writings, letters, sermons, academic writings, and more. As additional print volumes of the Gesamtausgabe become available, they will be added to Alexander Street's The Digital Karl Barth Library. Also included is Barth's magnum opus, the 14-volume Kirchliche Dogmatik.
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Digital library of classic Protestant texts
Description:  A resource for historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts gives researchers immediate, Web-based access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.
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Digital library of the Catholic reformation
Description:  Transcriptions and facsimiles of documents, including papal and synodal decrees, catechisms and inquisitorial manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises and systems, liturgical writings, saints' lives, and devotional works by Catholic authors of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Dissertations & theses
Description:  Includes citations for over 2.7 million dissertations and theses from around the world, ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Where available, PQDT provides twenty-four page previews. More than 1.2 million are available for download in PDF format.
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EBL collection (Bridwell)
Description:  Bridwell library's collection of theology-related e-books. This collection is only available to SMU Students/Faculty/Staff. Log-in is required.
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Eighteenth Century collections online
Description:  A comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which has aimed to include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. Subject categories include history and geography; fine arts and social sciences; medicine, science, and technology; literature and language; religion and philosophy; law; general reference. Also included are collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered. The collection is a project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.
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Hymnary.org : a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals
Description:  "A comprehensive index of 5,042 hymnals, 1,040,060 published hymns, scores and media files, and information from sources such as Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, hymnal handbooks, and experts in the field. "--From home page.
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Index of Christian art
Description:  Based on The index of Christian art, a thematic and iconographic index of early Christian and medieval art objects to 1400, begun at Princeton University in 1917. Contains works electronically indexed by the archive since 1991 when computerization started.
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Index religiosus : international bibliography of theology, church history and religious studies
Description:  "The new reference bibliography for academic publications in Theology, Religious Studies and Church History. More than 565,000 bibliographic records. Initial information drawn from the bibliography of the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique and the Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. 20,000 new records every year."--Publisher's website. After clicking the link, click the "Enter databases" button and then select from the list to access the database.
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Library of Latin texts : CLCLT
Description:  "CLCLT is the world's leading database for Latin texts. It contains texts from the beginning of Latin literature (Livius Andronicus, 240 BC) through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). It covers all the works from the classical period, the most important patristic works, a very extensive corpus of Medieval Latin literature as well as works of recentior latinitas. The complete works of writers such as Cicero, Virgil, Augustine, Jerome, Gregory the Great, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas a Kempis can thus be consulted. The texts have been taken from the Corpus Christianorum series and from many other leading editions"--Publisher's website. After clicking the link, click the "Enter databases" button and then select from the list to access the database.
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Ministry matters
Description:  Ministry matters provides a collection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and other reference works with which to prepare sermons, lessons, and research papers. Most research resources can be found under the "library" tab on the website.
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New Testament abstracts
Description:  Includes indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-authored books, book reviews, and biblical software programs. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. The capability to search by specific scripture passages is useful.
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Old Testament abstracts
Description:  Includes indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) studies. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. The capability to search by specific scripture passages is useful.
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Oxford biblical studies online
Description:  Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history... This site offers a ready access point for a wealth of Bible text and commentary—including the New Oxford Annotated Bible and five other popular Oxford Study Bibles... Texts from selected Oxford Bibles can be viewed in side-by-side display with the user's choice of commentary and annotations from the Study Bibles, the stand-alone Oxford Bible Commentary, and A-Z concordances for the NRSV and NAB translations. The Bible content is supplemented by collections of major apocryphal Old and New Testament texts in translation. In addition to the Bible texts, Oxford Biblical Studies Online offers quick access to over 5,000 A-Z entries from the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford Companion to the Bible, and a wealth of other Oxford references.--About page.
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Oxford bibliographies online (Biblical studies)
Description:  Oxford Bibliographies Online is an entirely new type of online resource: a library of authoritative, discipline-focused, online guides to the essential literature in subjects across the humanities and social sciences. Each module is a dynamic bibliographic tool containing a hierarchical body of interwoven entries designed to help students and scholars move through the most important scholarship, commentary, and resources in a specific area of research. This module offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on Biblical studies, including perspectives from fields ranging from archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, and linguistics through textual, historical, and sociological studies, to literary theory, feminism, philosophy, and theology. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. Contains a "My OBO" function that allows users to create personalized bibliographies of individual citations from different bibliographies.
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Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church
Description:  Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics.
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Oxford handbooks online (Religion)
Description:  Oxford Handbooks in Religion brings together the world's leading scholars to discuss research and the latest thinking on a range of major topics in religion. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students. Monthly updates add online-first and online-only content that covers the most recent developments in the field.
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Parker Library on the web
Description:  An interactive, web-based workspace designed to support use and study of the manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Parker Library's holdings of Old English texts accounts for nearly a quarter of all extant manuscripts in Anglo-Saxon, including the earliest copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (c. 890), the Old English Bede and King Alfred's translation of Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care. The Parker Library also contains key Anglo-Norman and Middle English texts ranging from the Ancrene Wisse and the Brut Chronicle to one of the finest copies of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. Other subjects represented in the collection are music, medieval travelogues and maps, bestiaries, royal ceremonies, historical chronicles and Bibles. The Parker Library holds a magnificent collection of English illuminated manuscripts, such as the Bury and Dover Bibles (c. 1135 and c. 1150) and the Chronica maiora by Matthew Paris (c. 1230-50).
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Past masters
Description:  Searchable collection of classic texts in philosophy, literature, and the sciences. Includes collected dialogues of Plato, complete works of Aristotle, collected works of Thomas Aquinas, and others. Employs Folio VIEWS, a text management program that offers view processing, text searching and retrieval, and hypertext linking.
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Patrologia Latina database : the full text database
Description:  A full-text electronic version of the Latin portion of the Patrologiae Cursus Completus, published by nineteenth-century ecclesiastical publisher Jacques-Paul Migne. Its 221 volumes cover the works of the Latin Fathers, from Tertullian in 200 A.D. to Pope Innocent III in 1216. After clicking the link, click the "Enter databases" button and then select from the list to access the database.
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Religion and philosophy collection
Description:  Covers such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Offers more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the database. The majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1975.
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Religious and theological abstracts
Description:  Provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. Database lists a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages. Indexes and abstracts articles in the fields of sociology, anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology, and urban studies. Coverage also includes policy issues in areas such as aging, violence, abuse and neglect, crisis intervention, urban development, and development policy.
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Research in ministry online
Description:  Research in Ministry (RIM) indexes and abstracts projects and theses from over 100 Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). RIM is a searchable database with entries for authors, titles, thesis/project advisors, schools, and ATLA subject headings. Abstracts can be searched by keyword. The database also supports Boolean and proximity searches as well as nested searches and wildcards. Links have also been added to records for schools that also participate in the Theological Research Exchange Network. RIM online supersedes Research in Ministry previously issued in print format covering the years 1981/83-1998. The database cumulates the print version and is updated quarterly. After clicking the link, click the "Enter RIM" button to access the database.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
TLG Online
Description:  Fulltext database of literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of the Byzantium in AD 1453. Users may search on author, title, publication or text string.
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Wesley Center online : Wesley Center for Applied Theology
Description:  Offers a list of works by and about English religious leader John Wesley (1702-1791), the founder of the Methodist Church. Provides access to sites about Wesley and electronic publications of works by Wesley and related clergy.
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World Christian database
Description:  Includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethnolinguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces.
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World religion database : international religious demographic statistics and sources
Description:  "The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050. The WRD also contains a feedback mechanism so that users can leave comments on sources or methodology related to any figure reported in the WRD. In addition, the WRD will be constantly updated with new sources of data as they become available, such as estimates of religious affiliation at the province level within countries and religious freedom information for all countries."
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