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REL 360: Topics in New Testament Studies

Fall 2009
Overview

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 me directly at jgilber2@gac.edu or x7552.



Personnel:
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu
Agnes Choi achoi@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/projects/digital/apis/index.html

Link to the APIS website to use for your project

Reference Books
The library owns several biblical commentaries that provide detailed information about the New Testament. These books can be found in the Reference section, located immediately to your right as you face the Reference Desk.
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary
    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
    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
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/BOOK_SEARCH.html?book=t94

    Provides information about the books of the Bible, customs, religions and worship, history, and theology, important places, and personalities.
  • Harper's Bible Commentary
    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
    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
  • Oxford Companion to the Bible
    A handy reference volume for key people, places, events, concepts, institutions, and circumstances of biblical times.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .M434 1993
Finding Books
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
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions.

    For a complete list of the library's holdings of Loeb Library titles, search "loeb library" in the "anywhere in record" field.
  • MnLink
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    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.
Finding Articles
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
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rfh

    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.
  • Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.basarchive.org/bswbSearch.asp

    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.
  • JSTOR
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/search/AdvancedSearch

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
  • L'Annee Philologique Online
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.annee-philologique.com/aph

    Annual index of scholarly publications relating to the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome (500 BCE to 800 CE). The most complete index available for classics, this resource includes over 375,000 citations to articles, books, book reviews, conference proceedings, and essays on on all aspects of Greek and Latin cultures, including literature, language, art, archaeology, philosophy, and religion. International in scope, it indexes works in all languages.

    Search tips: To begin your search, click "Enter." Select "Full Text" to search the full text of the citations. Select "Subjects and discplines" to search or browse the tables of contents in two separate files: since volume 67 (since 1996) and before volume 67. Click "Read the total" to view the results of your search.
  • New Testament Abstracts
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rvh

    New Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The database is an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. The database contains more than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Each year an additional 2,100 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are selected for inclusion. In addition, approximately 800 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985. (description from EBSCOHost)
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Religion
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=76

    Resources in the library and online for research related to religion. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    https://gustavus.edu/library/ill/

    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/reference_question.html

    Visit with librarians at the desk, by phone, email or chat for help with any library or research question. Click on the link for more information about this service.
  • SBL Citation Style
    http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/SBLHSrevised2_09.pdf

    This is a .pdf of the student supplement for the Society of Biblical Literature's Handbook of Style.
Contacting Julie
mailto:jgilber2@gac.edu

I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at jgilber2@gustavus.edu or call x7552.

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