Theology Research Guide

  • Grace Library offers many resources to assist students in researching topics in theology, especially Roman Catholic and Christian theology.

    Books in Grace Library

    To search for these you will need to do search the Online Library Catalog. 
    Once the online catalog window has opened, you can do a title search, subject search, author search or a word or phrase search and click on the search button. 

    Title Search

    Enter the title of the work you wish to find into the Quick Search box,  select title from the drop down menu and click on the search button.
    Bible English (will give all editions and translations of the Bible in English)

    Subject Search

    Use this to find books on a particular subject.  Enter a Library of Congress subject heading in the Quick Search box, select subject from the drop down menu and click on the search button.
    Bible (will give everything on the Bible)
    Bible OT (will give everything on the Old Testament)
    Bible NT (will give everything on the New Testament)
    Bible NT Luke (will limit search to materials on Gospel of Luke)
    Bible OT Exodus (will limit to materials on book of Exodus)
    Bible NT Matthew--Commentaries (will give commentaries on Matthew only)
    Bible NT Mark--Criticism and interpretation (will give more than a verse by verse commentary)
    Jesus Christ
    Books on religion and theology are found in the BL-BX call number sections in Reference (2nd Level) and in the General Collection(3rd Level).

    Types of Reference Books Used for Biblical Research 

    • Concordances - use these to find every Bible verse in which a word appears.
    • Commentaries - give verse by verse help in interpreting the Bible. Some cover the whole Bible in one volume and are less in-depth. Some cover only one biblical book and are more in-depth.
    • Dictionaries - briefly define biblical words and concepts.
    • Encyclopedias - give longer articles on Bible personalities, concepts, and words and are good places to start since they give overviews of subjects.

    Selected Reference Books

    This is a selected list of the theological reference works available here in Grace Library. Be sure to browse the reference shelves or search in the Library Online Catalog for others. 
    All of these books are from the Reference Collection and will have the abbreviation Ref. printed on the spine of the book above the call number.

    Encyclopaedia Judaica. Detroit : Macmillan Reference, 2007.
    Call Number: BM 50 E5 2007 vols 1-22
    Encyclopedia of Religion. Detroit : Macmillan Reference, 2005. 
    Call Number: BL 31 E46 2005 vols 1-15
    The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. New York: Abingdon, 1890. 
    Call Number: BS 425 S92 
    The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. New York: Abingdon, 1962. 
    Call Number: BS 440 I61 
    New Catholic Encyclopedia. Detroit : Thomson/Gale, 2003. 
    Call Number: BT 6 N53 2003 vols 1 -15
    The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. 
    Call Number: BS 491.2 B7 1990 
    Peake's Commentary on the Bible. London: Nelson, 1967. 
    Call Number: BS 491 B62 
    Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Detroit : Thomson Gale, 2006.
    Call Number: BL80.3 .W67 2006 Vols. 1-3 
    The Women’s Bible Commentary. London : SPCK, 1992.
    Call Number: BS 491.2 W66 1992

    Finding Periodical Articles 

    Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost), Catholic Periodicals and Literature Index (EBSCOhost) and OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)are journal databases that may contain useful articles from many journals. All of these databases can be found by opening a browser window to Grace Library Web page clicking on the Find Articles link and then the database title.

    Online Resources

    This site is, in effect, an online concordance which allows you to check eight different English translations of the Bible, plus a number of foreign language translations.
    This site contains information about Buddhist cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps.
    This page provides the text of the most recent Catholic catechism, including the 1997 corrections.
    This site contains information about Jewish cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps.
    Similar in content to Pointing the Way, this page is another wonderful collection of links to Christian books available online.
    Covers Hindu cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
    The official Vatican website. The place to go for, among other things, the full text of official proclamations by the last nine popes, plus the documents of Vatican II.
    Web site designed for non-Islamic persons seeking a knowledge and understanding of Islam.