Electronic resources in Theology

All subscribed Theology e-resources are available via OxLIP+ and indexed in the subject menu for Theology. For more information on OxLIP+, see: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/oxlip.

A summary of the most popular resources is given below.

Electronic journals
Over 50% of English-language theology journals have some level of electronic access. The two best ways to access these are:
SOLO→Oxford e-journals→ Find e-Journal or OxLIP+ → Find e-Journal

This will offer an A-Z list of titles, and a search by journal title facility. Some journals can also be reached directly from Bibliographical databases such as ATLA, using the link , which opens up a user-friendly pop-up window, listing options for electronic or print access.

With JStor titles, 'Search' offers you the option of going directly to an article, 'Browse' allows you to track down a volume and part.

Don’t be tempted to use JStor as a short cut for tracking down articles.

For a bibliographic search in theology, use the SOLO theology Quickset, or ATLA.

Standard Abbreviations for Theological Journals and Commentaries

Compiled by Theology on the Web, http://www.theologyontheweb.org.uk/abbreviations.html and available via OxLIP+. Invaluable for those arcane reading list references.

Key Bibliographical databases for Theology

Using the Articles and databases tab in SOLO, it is possible to cross-search a group of bibliographical databases (a Quickset), covering theology. By selecting Theology in the subject drop down menu, a singe search will run across ATLA with ATLAS Serials, British Humanities Index, FRANCIS, Periodicals Index Online, Philosopher's Index.

Accessing these individual bibliographical databases directly from OxLIP+ provides a higher level of search functionality. Within OxLIP+, databases may be linked for cross-searching.

ATLA (Ebsco)

Access from OxLIP+ on the Title List → A → ATLA with ATLASerials → click on the title → and you will be transferred to EBSCO’s ATLA platform.

Old Testament Abstracts (Ebsco)

May be selected in the same way from OxLIP+. Alternatively, from ATLA or any other Ebsco title, click on “choose database” and then tick Old Testament Abstracts.

New Testament Abstracts (Ebsco)

May be selected in the same way from OxLIP+. Alternatively, from ATLA or any other Ebsco title, click on “choose database” and then tick Old Testament Abstracts.

These three may be x-searched simultaneously.

Reference Sources

Oxford Reference On-Line provides a wide range of dictionaries and other resources, including: The Oxford Companion to the Bible; The Oxford guide to People and Places of the Bible; A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion.


Biblical Sources

BibleWorks : thebest resource for exegesis.

Anchor Bible Dictionary

BibleGateway : afree service for reading and researching Scripture online--all in the language or translation of your choice.

NT Gateway : a web directory of internet resources on the New Testament.

The Oxford Bible Commentary

Oxford Biblical Studies OnLine provides unrivalled access to six essential Oxford editions of the Bible alongside commentary and annotations from study Bibles seamlessly combined with reference material and primary texts.

Oxford Islamic Studies OnLine
Contains primary sources, including Qu’ran verse lookup, concordances, biographies, secondary works including the new edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World.

Primary sources: Ancient/Medieval

Acta Sanctorum. Contains the text of the 68 volumes published in 1643, with additional indices.

Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts. Mostly drawn from the Corpus Christianorum.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Patrologia Latina. Migne’s monumental work on-line.

Primary Sources: Early Modern/Modern

Past Masters

Many primary theology texts belong to a package called Past Masters, accessed via OxLIP+ on the Title List → P → Past Masters Humanities Full Text Works → Select a title.
e.g. Anselm, Aquinas, Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Kierkegaard, Newman.

Past Masters offers up-to-date editions of key texts, and excellent searching software to search within a text or across a selected range of texts.
Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts

A comprehensive collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Protestant writings, with full-text, facsimiles and full search apparatus.
Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation

An extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.

Luthers Werke. The127 volume Weimar Edition.
EEBO and ECCO.For British theologians of the 16th-18thC.

The Digital Karl Barth Library in German and English, including Church Dogmatics.

Electronic texts: Secondary sources
Almost all of Oxford’s e-books are listed individually on OLIS and SOLO. We have subscriptions to a number of platforms:

Oxfrod Scholarship On-Line (OSO) covers a range of books in Philosophy, Theology, Economics and Business, published by OUP. New titles are released quarterly, but may not always be immediately listed on SOLO, so for new titles it is worth entering the package via OxLIP+ and searching by title.

Titles are listed separately on SOLO/OLIS, but the package may also be entered from OxLIP+

Oxford Handbooks in Religion Online

Taylor & Francis books cover a range of humanities subject and were bought by a consortium of humanities librarians. All the books have entries on SOLO/OLIS. Clicking the link will show whether a copy is currently available for reading. Alternatively, you can access a full list of Taylor & Francis ebooks from OxLIP+.  Only five people can read each title at any one time, and there is a reading limit of 2 hours at a time. Remember to log-out whenever you have finished with a book.
Cambridge Collections Online / Cambridge Companions Online

The online collection contains the Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics and Philosophy, Religion and Culture. There is a ‘tour’ for new users on the CCO web-site.
Some titles are listed separately on SOLO/OLIS, but the package may also be entered from OxLIP+, and this route still provides a more comprehensive range.

Cambridge Histories Online

250+ titles, including The Cambridge History of the Bible, The Cambridge History of Islam etc.
Titles are listed separately on SOLO/OLIS, but the package may also be entered from OxLIP+

Blackwell Reference Online

Includes most of the Blackwell Companions on biblical subjects. It is possible to carry out keyword searches across the databases, or within individual books. Titles are listed separately on SOLO/OLIS, but the package may also be entered from OxLIP+

NetLibrary

E-books from a range of publishers, mounted on the NetLibrary platform. Titles are listed separately on SOLO/OLIS, but the package may also be entered from OxLIP+. There is a limit of two simultaneous users per book, so you may need to reserve or return later. Please contact library staff if this causes inconvenience.

Remote access

Oxford’s e-resources are usually available within the Oxford domain without a user name or password. Outside the Oxford domain, access resources using Single Sign-On. Remember to log-out and close your browser when you have finished.

For queries relating to e-resources, contact hilla.wait@bodleian.ox.ac.uk , or ptfl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk , or staff in the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library, telephone +44 (0) 1865 (2)76927

 

Dr Hilla Wait, Philosophy and Theology Librarian

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