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American Christianity - Article Databases

Use ORU databases to find articles, essays, book reviews, conference papers and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Use the Subject field to locate relevant articles.

Academic Search Complete
America: History and Life with Full Text
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Christian Periodical Index
Google Scholar Free on the Web
New Testament Abstracts
Political Science Complete
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Humanities International Complete
Old Testament Abstracts
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EBSCO databases

Library research guide: How to find... Articles.

American Christianity - Reference Materials

eReference Collections
Reference books provide objective background information, quick facts, statistics, biographies, and more.
Credo Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Concept Map Examples - Cultures | American Christianity
Topic Pages Examples - Culture | Christianity
Sample Title - Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Browse titles for the subjects of Religion and History.
Includes subject encyclopedias and dictionaries such as:
- Encyclopedia of World Cultures
- Encyclopedia of Religion

In 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."

Sample title: World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Study of Churches -- BR157.W67 LRC-R

What are the call number sections relevant to your topic?
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.

Reference 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.

American Christianity - ebooks

Beginner's Guide to the Deep Culture Experience : Beneath the Surfaceebrary
Use the subject list links below to browse or get started in ebrary. For relevant results try a keyword search with a subject.
Examples of ebook Subjects
Christianity and Culture titles ~59 ebooks
Church History Titles ~230 ebooks
Religion Titles 2,100+ ebooks
show/hide ebrary TIPS: ebrary Call Number Sections | Chapter Results tab

Browse ebook titles in a specific call number section
(shown below)
ebraryUse Advanced search. Change Search in 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.

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

American Christianity - Periodicals & 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.
Examples of Journals by Subject
History: America ~1,102 titles
Christianity ~222 titles
See additional subject categories for Philosophy, Psychology and Religion. (Choose a subject > select a title > follow the links to full text)
Sample Titles
Search within all the issues of a publication or browse a selected date/issue.
Americana: The Journal of American Popular culture
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Library research guide: How to find... Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

American Christianity - 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.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic star (Library of Congress) -
Exhibition Overview
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."

American Christianity - OneSearch

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 EBSCO interface 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
As shown below, two options are available to narrow, or specify, the databases to search.

ONESearch: Databases by SubjectOption #1 -- Choose Databases by Subject
In this option, you search all "pre-selected" databases for a subject but you choose the subjects.

  1. Go to OneSearch.
  2. 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.
  3. Click the Continue button.
  4. 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.
    Attention! 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.

ONESearch: Alphabetical Database ListOption #2 -- Databases A-Z
In this option, you choose databases from a comprehensive alphabetical database list.

  1. Go to OneSearch.
  2. At the top of the page, click Databases A-Z.
  3. 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 Search Complete, 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 search.
  4. Click the Continue button at the top or bottom of the page.
  5. 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.

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