About this Guide
About this Guide:
- designed to help new theology students begin their studies
- Essential theological reference books.
- How to find books in the library.
- How to find articles on theological topics.
- How to make the best use of the Internet in studying theology.
- How to write theological papers.
- How to cite sources.
Links to Resources:
- Book titles link to Emory's DiscoverE catalog
- Periodical titles link to online access page or to DiscoverE
How to Read a Book
What, you don't just start on page one and read every word until you get to the end?
If that's what you think, this book is for you—it will greatly enhance your theological education by giving you the tools to make better use of your reading time.
Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book (GENERAL PN83 .A43 1972)
An invaluable guide to academic reading. One to own.
Read a summary via the link below.
Available in the Durham Reading Room of Pitts Theology Library
Consider acquiring your own copies as funds allow—these volumes will provide the foundation for a lifetime of study.
We've also created a small booklet of the reference sources we find ourselves turning to most. You can view and download a copy of your own below.
--lengthy articles with global perspective and good bibliographies
--excellent coverage of historical topics
--good for in-depth orientation to a subject
The Oxford Bible Commentary (REFERENCE BS491.3 .O94 2001)
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (REFERENCE BS491.2 .N485 1990)
Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (REFERENCE BS491.3 .E37 2003)
Anchor Bible Dictionary (REFERENCE BS440 .A54 1992)
--lengthy articles on range of material
--short articles, some bibliographies
--broad coverage of traditions and subjects. --short articles, some bibliographies
--includes biographical profiles of historical figures
--bibliographies and cross references
Frequently Used Print (and equivalent electronic) Resources
This is an annotated list of some of the reference resources we use most frequently in assisting library patrons. There are, however, plenty of other useful resources, so please ask us for additional resources related to your particular project!
Note: Location is Pitts Theology Library REFERENCE unless otherwise indicated.