Most material for religion and theology is found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Notable areas within the classification scheme include:
Historical aspects may be classed at D, religion and gender at HQ, religion and ethics at BJ.
Religion and Theology PhD, and MA theses of staff and students of the Department, are available in the thesis collection in the Arts and Social Sciences Library.
The Arts and Social Sciences Library contains a special collection of rare books.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's branch libraries or available online. Items can be ordered via the ILL tab from the Library Catalogue.
|Acta Sanctorum||Contains the text of the sixty-eight printed volumes of Acta Sanctorum published in Antwerp and Brussels by the Société des Bollandistes, from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The database also includes several indices which make Acta Sanctorum more accessible. The complete text has been captured, including all indices and the references to Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina (BHL). The source text for the database is that of the original edition, recommended by the Société des Bollandistes, and not the later incomplete editions published in Venice in 1734-1760 and by Palme in Paris in 1863-1870.|
|ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials||Combines an academic database for religion and theology with the full-text online journal collection of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). Coverage includes all fields of religion, including world religions, Biblical studies, church history and religious perspectives on social issues. The hierarchical "Scripture" search enables you to find publications relating to individual books, chapters and verses within the Bible. Coverage in this database begins in 1908, although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century.|
|Early English Books Online (EEBO)||Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.|
|Early European Books (EEB)||Traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. Early European Books builds upon and complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials; however, books in English or printed in the English-speaking world that are already represented in EEBO are not omitted from Early European Books where they form an integral element of the predominantly non-Anglophone collections.|
|Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)||Contains digital images of every page of over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, ECCO allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.|
|International Directory of Medievalists||Founded by FIDEM (Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales) the International Directory of Medievalists enables users to search a database of medieval studies scholars in over 70 countries by name, field, country, and institution.|
|International Medieval Bibliography||Provides a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide since 1967. The IMB includes the Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale, covering more than 40,000 monographs, initially focused on the Central Middle Ages with a gradual expansion to the Early and Late Middle Ages.|
|Medieval Sources online||Medieval Sourcesonline from Manchester University Press provides full text access to original medieval history documents compiled for the teaching and study of history.|
|Patrologia Latina||An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are included.|
|Religion and Philosophy Collection||Provides coverage of topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. The database provides access to full-text articles from over 300 journals.|
|Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy Online (REP Online)||The online version of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. REP Online features over 2,000 original articles from over 1300 leading international experts across the discipline of philosophy. The articles cover an unparalleled breadth of subject matter, including Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy. A summary provides a rapid orientation at the beginning of every in-depth article.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National||Enables staff and students to record and watch whole broadcasts, create clips from new and archived TV and radio broadcasts, and embed them into Blackboard and presentations. There are over a million TV and radio programmes from more than 60 channels, including 10 foreign language channels.
BOB is made available only to users of UK HE/FE educational institutions (that are members of the BUFVC and holders of a valid ERA+ Licence) for their personal study, teaching and research. It is each user’s responsibility to ensure that the materials made available are used strictly within the terms and conditions of the licence.
|Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative||The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries.|
|Library of Latin Texts (LLT-A)||The Library of Latin Texts (LLT-A), formerly known as CETEDOC, contains the full texts of works in Latin. All known Latin writings from classical antiquity are included. Other content includes patristic works; Medieval Latin texts; and important works in many disciplines up to the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. Access to the database is limited to three concurrent users.|
|Making of America||Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The collection is made up of images of the pages in the books and journals. When you find something you want to look at, you will see a scanned image of the actual pages of the 19th century volume. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts.|
|Mundus: Gateway to Missionary Collections||Mundus is a web-based guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials, comprising the archives of British missionary societies, collections of personal papers, printed matter, photographs, other visual materials and artefacts, held in the UK.|
|Philosopher's Index||Indexing and abstracts from books and over 400 journals from 1940 onwards. A major source of information in the area of aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and metaphysics, and the philosophy of various disciplines, for example, education, history, law, religion and science.|
A guide is available for the ATLA Religion database. This guide is available in two formats:
Please note: it is important that you are critical in judging the quality of the information that you find! Internet Detective is a 'teach yourself' tutorial covering this skill from the Virtual Training Suite.
The following can act as a good starting point for discovering subject resources on the Internet.
There is no single way of writing references. The two most common styles are the Harvard system and the Numeric system, details of which can be found in the guides mentioned below. You will need to use the style specified by your department or by the body or journal to which you are submitting your work. Much useful information and advice about writing and referencing, amongst other things, is provided by the department:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To help in your search for journal abbreviations you may find the following information sources useful:
If you are unable to find the title of an abbreviation you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance. Alternatively, these online resources may help:
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 25 June 2015 by the University Library
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