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 ~1,429 journal titles titles
Christianity ~243 journal titles
Christianity--History ~10 journal titles
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.
- Open Access Journals
- DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
Gnosticism, church unity and the Nicene Creed (2008)
A reading of T.S. Eliot's Ash-Wednesday (2010)
- Theological Journal Search
- See: How to find... Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)
Church History - Websites
- BibleStudyTools: History - http://www.biblestudytools.com/history/
- 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."
Most databases have tools that create citations in several formats, such as MLA, APA and Turabian. Try the tools listed below to copy/paste/edit citations, as needed to match your assignment requirements. Always check the citation references for accuracy with the ORU Research & Writing Manual (choose the Bibliographic Examples tab) and your professor's requirements.
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, such as Chicago/ Turabian, then copy/paste/edit the citation.
ARTICLES in the EBSCOhost Platform
For a single citation in an EBSCO database, click the article title to access the detailed record. Click the "cite" button in the right toolbar then choose the recommended style. (The "Tools" menu is only available on the detailed item record; it is not on the results page.) Copy, paste, and edit the citation to match the Research & Writing Manual style requirements. (See the comparison at the end of this page.)
For multiple citations use the EBSCO folder:
The EBSCO Folder is a personal information management tool to save articles, save searches, create citations lists, write notes, and more. Create a folder then sign in to your folder. Note: Items added to the default folder are NOT saved.
- After you add the articles to the folder, click Folder has items at the top of the page.
In the folder:
- Click checkboxes to mark items to be cited.
- Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
In the Print Manager window:
- Uncheck HTML Full Text box and Search History, if showing and checked.
- Choose a Citation Format.
- Click Print (items are reformatted for printing). PrinT or cancel, then save or copy/paste/edit the citations.
|Examples below provide a content comparison between an EBSCO citation for Chicago/Turabian, Humanities style and the ORU Research & Writing Manual style. Edit EBSCOhost citations accordingly. Please note that the citation examples below do not include proper indentation.
Online article: Righteousness, Human and Divine by Carl Graesser.
Example of EBSCOhost citation format for Chicago/Turabian Humanities:
Graesser, Carl. "Righteousness, human and divine." Currents In Theology And Mission 10, no. 3 (June 1, 1983): 134-141. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed January 23, 2014).
Sample citation from the ORU Research & Writing Manual (online version, p. 100; print, p. 99) and as updated by Dr. David Hebert:
Graesser, Carl. “Righteousness, Human and Divine.” Currents in Theology and Missions 10, no. 3 (June 1, 1983): 134-141. ATLA Religion Database, EBSCOhost (23 January 2014).
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