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Theology & Ministry Library Research Guide: Get Started

Theology & Ministry Subject Guide

Welcome to the Theology & Ministry subject guide.  This guide will direct you to the various resources available for research in the areas of theology and ministry.  Although it is not comprehensive, it will point you to the most useful databases, journals, books and reference sources, and online information (see tabs above).  It will assist you in both basic and advanced research.  Updating is done periodically so keep an eye out for information about new resources for theology and ministry.

Getting Started...

Looking for articles?  Use the Specialized Databases tab to find relevant databases.  To find a specific journal, use the Full-Text Journals link.

Looking for books?  You can find books by using our online catalog or you may want to browse the shelf.  The above tab Books provides a selected list of print reference books and information on e-books.  Circulating print books on theology and ministry are located in the "B" section on the lower level of Blakley Library. Below is a more detailed breakdown of subject areas:

BL - Religions/Mythology/Rationalism
BM - Judaism
BP - Islam, Bahaism
BQ - Buddhism
BR - Christianity
BS - The Bible
BT - Doctrinal Theology
BV - Practical Theology: Ministry, Clergy, Religious vocations, Pastoral theology
BX - Christian Denominations
BX800-4795 - Catholic Church

Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Theology Resources


Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library houses an extensive collection of over 70 theological journals.  Additionally, in-depth subject databases, covering research in both journals and monographs, include ATLA Religion Index, Catholic Periodicals and Literature Online, Religion & Philosophy (EBSCO), Corpus Thomisticum, Patrologia Latina and others.



Exciting new resources...

Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Sacramentum Mundi is now available online as well as in print.  This six-volume set on Catholic theology was edited by Karl Rahner, one of the leading Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

Additionally, the library has recently added Sabin Americana.  This resource is based on Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana - A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time. The contents of this database include an online collection of books, pamphlets, journals and other works about North America, Latin America and South America which range from 1500 through 1926.  Many historical and literary works are included on a wide range of subjects including religious history.

Major Online Resources...

Oxford Biblical Studies Online...Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is excited to announce that we now have access to a major resource for Biblical study and scholarship, the Oxford Biblical Studies Online.  This resource is very rich in content and includes the full-text of six different Bibles as well as in-depth commentaries and concordances.  You can look up specific Bible verses and compare them with another text or commentary.  Use this link to view a short introduction to OBSO by Michael Coogan, the Editor in Chief.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed...This 15 volume, second edition features revised and new articles. Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.

The Cambridge Companion Series contains the full-text of many Cambridge companions on religious topics and persons.

The eBook Religion Collection contains the full-text of over 4,100 scholarly books on a very broad range of religious topics, including ethics, history of religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and religious texts.

Additionally, the Loeb Classical Library Online, which provides the full-text of every book in the Loeb Classical Library, includes works of Church Fathers (Basil, Clement of Alexandria, Eusebius, Ignatius, Polycarp and others).


Recent Additions of Theology and Ministry Books....

Click here for a list of other recently-added religion/theology books.  NOTE:  For recently added books on the Bible and Biblical scholarship, check out the Biblical Study and Scholarship Resources subject guide.

The eBook Religion Collection contains the full-text of over 4,100 scholarly books on a very broad range of religious topics, including ethics, history of religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and religious texts.

Catholic Reference Resources, updating McCabe

The last print edition of the indispensable Critical Guide to Catholic Reference Books (3rd ed.) by James McCabe was published in 1989 and is shelved in the reference section under Z 7837.M3 1989.  

This rich, scholarly resource is now kept up-to-date by the website Catholic Reference Resources, a joint project of the Roman Catholic Denominational Group of the American Theological Library Association and the academic section of the Catholic Library Association.  The site identifies reference works with significant  content related to Catholicism.