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Countries, Cultures & Missions - 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

arrow Use Geographic Term with other keywords.
Google Scholar Free on the Web
Political Science Complete
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Christian Periodical Index
New Testament Abstracts
America: History and Life with Full Text
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Humanities International Complete
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EBSCO databases

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

Countries, Cultures & Missions - Reference Materials

eReference Collections
Credo Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Concept Map - Cultures
Topic Pages - Culture
Sample Titles
Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Judaica ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
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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.Gale Virtual Reference
In the ORU Library -- Call number DS102.8.E496 2007 LRC-R.
Special Feature: Use the Encyclopaedia Judaica Listen icon for text-to-speech or MP3 download.
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Includes subject encyclopedias and dictionaries such as:
- Encyclopedia of World Cultures
- Encyclopedia of Religion

- Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
- International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family

Reference RoomIn the Library, LRC-4th Floor
For general information, look up a specific country for information on politics, cultural and social environment, education, religion, etc. Although you cannot include general encyclopedias in your bibliography they may be helpful as a preliminary source. AE5…LRC-R

  • Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook -- G1.C88 2006 LRCR (2 vols.)
  • The Europa World Yearbook -- JN1.E85 LRC-R
  • International Year Book & Statesmen's Who's Who -- JA51.I57 LRC-R
  • National Geographic Desk Reference -- G123.N38 LRC-R
  • Placenames of the World -- G105 .R66 2006 LRC-R
  • The Statesman's Yearbook -- JA51.S7 LRC-R
  • WorldAlmanac -- AY67.N5W7 LRC-R
  • The World Factbook -- G122.U56 LRC-R
  • World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Study of Churches -- BR157.W67 LRC-R
  • World Travel Guide -- G153.4.W67 LRC-R

To find specific reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection." Or browse the shelves using the call number subjects.

Call number sections: G -- Geography; GN--Anthropology; GR--Folklore; GT--Manners and customs.
See also: Library of Congress Classification Outline or the ORU Modified LC Outline

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.

Countries, Cultures & Missions - ebooks

When looking for books or ebooks, search the library catalog using broad keywords and subjects that identify your topic(s). Try a library catalog subject search for missions or a country. 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. mNote: Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual.
ORU ebook titles are in the library catalog, with links to the full text. To find ebooks, search the library catalog or ebook databases.
Titles by Subject:
 Christianity and Culture titles ~59 ebooks
 Developing Countries Titles ~760 ebooks
 Church History Titles ~230 ebooks
 Religion Titles 2,100+ ebooks
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

Countries, Cultures & Missions - Periodicals & eJournals

ORU subscribes to many journal titles, which may be available full text online or in the library in print or microform formats, or several formats. (See Howto Find Journals)
Publication Finder (journals, magazines, trade publications, etc.)
Examples of Journals by Subject
Manners and customs (General) ~17 titles
Missionary ~20 titles
Missions ~47 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
International Review of Mission
Mission Studies
show/ hide To find articles in or browse a specific journal try this
  1. Go to Philosophy, Psychology and Religion subject listing in the A-Z Journals List to view the sub-categories for that subject.
  2. CLICK Ethics under the Philosophy heading.
  3. FIND Journal of Religious Ethics.
    Note that date restrictions vary for the databases listed. Click the database title that has the relevant date(s)
    for your research.
  4. Examples, if available:
    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.
    CLICK Academic Search Complete to go to Publication Details for "Journal of Religious Ethics." Use the "Search within this publication" link and type a term or topic you want to find in the journal. Or, choose a year > issue to browse articles within an issue. Article results are in page 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).

For citation options in EBSCO databases, click the article title to go to full record view. A Cite link will be in the right sidebar.

Library research guide: How to find... Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Countries, Cultures & Missions - Websites

Charity Navigator
Tens of thousands of non-profits are examined and given number-based rating.
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
Religious Studies Web Guide (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."

Citation Tools

Most databases have features or tools that allow you to copy and paste citations. However, you must edit the citations, as needed, 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 New
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.

Library Catalog citation link Go there.


ARTICLES in EBSCOhost (such as ATLA Religion Database and New Testament Abstracts)

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.

EBSCO citations Go there.

For multiple citations use the EBSCO folder.
Attention ATTENTION: To save your articles for later use, make sure you log in to your personal folder!

  1. After you add the articles to the folder, click Folder has items at the top of the page.
    In the folder:
  2. Click the checkboxes to select/mark items to be cited.
  3. Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
    In the Print Manager window:
  4. Uncheck the HTML Full Text box and the Search History box, if shown and checked.
  5. Choose a Citation Format.
  6. 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.
Database QuickLinks

More Information = vendor's database description

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