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Below are recommendations for the best databases to use for searching for peer-reviewed research in the field of Biblical studies. For more database suggestions, check out our Library Database A-Z list.
The building block of a library database search is keywords. Keywords are central ideas or terms within your research question or problem.
BOOLEAN SEARCH OPERATORS
Once you have your keywords identified (2-3 is a good place to begin), you then need to connect them together in a way the database understands how to search. This is done using the Boolean search operators AND, OR, and NOT. Connecting keywords using these search operators creates a search string.
AND - narrow search, used to combine terms together and focus search results
OR - broad search, used to includes results that contain similar or like words, such as synonyms
NOT - narrow search by exclusion, used to exclude results containing a particular keyword
We call the written version of your keywords with boolean search operators the search string. Writing your search string at the beginning of your research process will help you better approach searching in library databases.
Example search string
righteousness OR goodness AND justify OR justification AND Romans
Provides indexing to journals with an evangelical perspective, with links to some full text. Prominent subjects in these journals include theology, biblical studies, and pastoral theology, as well as Christian perspectives from other disciplines.
Brings together digital collections of scholarly, historical, and cultural significance that are relevant to the fields of religion and theology. Records contain digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, art and icons. Covers areas such as architecture, art, iconography; ancient Near East; manuscripts, texts, sermons; missions; world religion; and more.
Search a subset of Gale Academic OneFile journals covering different religions and philosophies. Provides insight into the impact of religion on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language.
Research in Ministry is a thesis and dissertation abstract database where users can search for and share the outcomes of research conducted in programs of study related to ministry, theology and religion.
The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) provides access to over 14,500 cataloged theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Through the library's subscription we have 500 downloads available per year. Search or browse through the database to find the dissertation you would like, preview the article, and then if you would like to download select "Add this Digital e-Doc to the Gordon College Subscription."
Once an article is downloaded it remains in our available holdings, so please check the "View a list of downloaded documents" section first to see if the title you are looking for has already been downloaded. Select the "download" button and use the password "gordon" to access the article.
Provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning. Includes extensive coverage in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.
Academic Search Ultimate offers access to resources cited in key subject indexes. The combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies, zoology and more.
A collection of core scholarly journals, many going back to the first volume. Emphasis is on back issue coverage and does not include the current 3-5 years, unless Gordon has a current subscription to the journal. JSTOR provides long term preservation for journals.
Combines the definitive index for the study of language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film with full text for more than 1,000 journals, including many of the leading publications in these fields. Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA) and international in scope, the bibliography covers scholarly publications from the early 20th century to the present, including journal articles, books, series, translations, websites, and dissertations. The database also includes MLA Directory of Periodicals and the MLA Thesaurus.
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