Most material for theology and religious studies 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.
Theology and Religious Studies 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. There is a charge for this service, though it may be possible to obtain an Inter-library loan voucher to pay for this:
MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources, including databases, search engines, subject gateways, and selected Internet resources.
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.
MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources. When you use MetaLib log in with your University of Bristol username and password, this means that you gain direct access to most of the resources it contains without any further restrictions. Additionally the following can act as a good starting point for discovering subject resources on the Internet (many of these are also found in MetaLib).
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 3 September 2012 by the University Library
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