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Theological studies subject guide

Welcome on the Theological Studies research guide. Here are curated resources that should be helpful in your research. If you would like help to use any of these research tools, and if you would like to suggest any additionnal resource, contact your subject librarian. 

Databases (to find articles and more)

ATLA covers world religions, Bible Studies, Church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. It includes articles from journals, essays from multi-author works, and book reviews. No abstracts. 1949-onwards. Updated semi-annually.
Useful tutorials with ATLA Religion Databases
Searching Scriptures (video tutorial)
This research tool allows you to browse by book, chapter and verse of the Bible. For example, you can find comments on Job, chapter 32, verse 17. You can also select articles that are published in scholarly/ peer-reviewed journals and published in a specific time frrame.
Searching against subject headings for sacred texts of world religion (video tutorial)
This allows you to search for specific subjects in a sacred text. 
Includes index citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, as well as to papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith, authored by Catholics, or produced by Catholic publishers. The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online (CPLI) is a product of a partnership between the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and the Catholic Library Association (CLA).
Includes indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-authored books, book reviews, and biblical software programs. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. It is possible to search by specific scripture passages.
The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from more than 450 journals is covered. Topics include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, and philology. This resource is the product of a partnership between the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and the Catholic Biblical Association.

Citation Styles

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

The SBL handbook of style : for ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and early Christian studies (print format)

The SBL handbook of style : for biblical studies and related disciplines (electronic format)

For other styles, including MLA (Modern Language Association) and Chicago, please refer to our Help & How-to, Citing page

Reference sources

                 King James Bible (as pusblished by the American Bible Society, searchable)

                 Bible Reader App (by the American Bible Society)  

                 Bible Study Tools (different versions, different languages)

                 Lumina  (, searchable, different versions)

                 Bibles (by l’Alliance Biblique Française, in French, searchable)

                 Bible en Ligne (by Centre biblique, in French, searchable, offers commentaries and

                    concordances search)


THEO 202 Introduction to Biblical Studies 


THEO 238 Theology and Film


THEO 406 Scriptural Exegesis & THEO 605 Methods in Biblical Studies

Library how-to guides

Citation management software:

Refworks helps organize citations and bibliographies.

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