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REL 110: Introduction to the Bible
The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore everything available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact Barbara Fister directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7553.
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The library owns several biblical commentaries that will be very useful to your research. These books can be found in the Reference section, located immediately to your right as you face the Reference Desk.
- Anchor Bible Dictionary
New York: Doubleday
This definitive and current work covers not only names, places, and events of the Bible, but also includes cultural history, social institutions, archeological sites, and other topics of particular interest to Biblical scholars today.
Location(s): Ref BS 440 .A54 (6 vol)
- The Books of the Bible
New York: Scribner's
Focuses on treating the books of the Bible ans texts, emphasizing their literary nature and structure, discussing origins, content, purpose, and theological interpretations of each book.
Location(s): Ref BS 540 .B62 1989
- Dictionary of the Bible
Oxford University Press
Provides information about the books of the Bible, customs, religions and worship, history, and theology, important places, and personalities.
- Harper's Bible Commentary
San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row
Follows the arrangement of the Bible, giving a brief introduction to each book of the Bible, then a short explanation of major passages. It is very good at making the language of the Bible clear, explaining context, and linking related passages together.
Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .H37 1988
- New Interpreter's Bible
Nashville, TN: Abingdon
Provides the text in two translations, NRSV and New International Version, side by side. Following the texts, there are sections of scholarly commentary and reflections.
Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .N484 1994
- New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
A solid five-volume alphabetical set offering short scholarly articles on topics, people, and parts of the bible.
Location(s): Ref BS 440 .N445 2006
- Oxford Companion to the Bible
New York: Oxford
A handy reference volume for key people, places, events, concepts, institutions, and circumstances of biblical times.
Location(s): Ref BS 440 .M434 1993
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
- MnPALS Plus
The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
1000 CE-present; updated daily
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
- ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
1949-present; updated quarterly
- Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive
Search and browse the full text of 8 religion books and journals published by the Biblical Archaeology Society, including the Biblical Archaeology Review and the Bible Review.
1975-present; updated monthly
- Old Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978. (description from EBSCOHost)
Using Interlibrary Loan allows you to get books and articles from other libraries. It is a profoundly useful research tool and fairly easy once you get the hang of it. Use the following tips to learn how to use Interlibrary Loan.
- What are my barcode and password?
You will always have to enter your barcode and password to request items. Your barcode is the 14 digit number on your student ID (starts with 20110...). Your password is your last name.
- What if my barcode doesn't work?
If you get a message saying that you're not authorized to use ILL, there's probably a problem with your patron record. Often it is simply that you got a new ID card at some point and we don't have it in our system. You may also have a fine that is blocking your card. At any rate, contact the Circulation Desk (x7557) or the Reference Desk (x7567) or stop by the circulation desk and ask a worker there to look up your barcode number for you.
- How long does it take?
It usually takes 1 week for a book to be shipped to our library. Articles will be emailed to you within a few days if the article is available from the lending library in electronic format. If the article isn't available electronically, a photocopy will be mailed to your campus PO box within a week. *Please note that times are approximate. Always give yourself plenty of time to request materials from other libraries.
- How do I know when the items have arrived?
Articles available electronically will be emailed to you. For all other items, you will be emailed a pick up notice from the library. You can get your items at the Circulation Desk.
- Where do I return the items once I'm done?
Return books to the Circulation Desk. You do not need to return emailed or photocopied articles.
- Ordering books and articles from other libraries
- Ordering books
Look up a book you're interested in using WorldCat. Then use the yellow "find it" button and choose the ILL option. Log in with your barcode number and last name. All of the information needed will be filled in for you; just check off the copyright statement and submit the request.
Citing Your Sources
- All other library catalogs and databases
From almost every other database (like ATLA), click the FindIt! button, which will see if the item is available through another database or (by choosing the MnPALS option) in paper format at our library. If the Interlibrary Loan option appears, you will have to request the item from another library. Click Go next to Interlibrary Loan. You'll need to log in using your barcode number and last name, then check off the copyright statement and submit the request.
This web page contains several complete guides to citing your sources in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style.
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
- Reference Desk
Hours for Spring at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00pm, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00pm.
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