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This guide is a starting point for further reading and research.  It contains links and information on :

  • Introductory texts
  • Suggested reference works
  • Major figure and movements
  • Primary texts
  • Finding more resources

Should you wish to find additional resources, there are numerous short histories, biographies, and anthologies of important documents that can be located through searching a library catalogue or located through an Internet search.


Finding Reformation Resources at Emory

The Pitts Theology Library and the Emory University Libraries contain a wide range of materials on the Reformation. 

Broad subject headings include:


Search for the Reformation in a particular country by using the broad term, followed by the country name, using the pattern
"Reformation [country]"
e.g., Reformation Germany

Search for individual reformers by name:

Martin Luther
John Calvin


Databases at Emory

The Pitts Theology Library and the Emory University Libraries contain a wide range of materials on the Reformation. 

Databases (available through Databases@Emory) like to have information on the Reformation include


Historical Abstracts (you can search both ATLA and Historical Databases at the same time by entering ATLA and clicking the "Choose Databases" link)

ITER: Medieval and Renaissance Journals Database

Oxford Bibliographies: Renaissance and Reformation

Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online


Pitts Theology Library Reformation Collection

Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection

The collection focuses on the works of Martin Luther (1483-1546), his colleagues, and opponents, which were printed during their lifetimes, although the works of other reformers in Germany, the Roman Catholic responses to Luther, and publications by Humanists such as Erasmus have been included as well. The aim has been to gather materials that would give historians and theologians the opportunity to hear the full range of voices that were raised in this dynamic period. The holdings of the collection now exceed 3,500 items, a mark approximated by only two other libraries in North America; no American library approaches the Kessler Collection's 1,000+ publications by Luther himself.

Many woodcuts from materials in the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection can be viewed online by anyone by searching our Digital Image Archive.


Reference Sources

The sources below a good starting points.  They provide short introductions on a wide range of topics.

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Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation - Hans J. Hillerbrand; Jon Woronoff (Editor)
Call Number: BR302.8 .H55 2000 REF
ISBN: 0810836734
Publication Date: 2000-06-28

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation - Hans J. Hillerbrand (Editor)
Call Number: BR302.8 .O93 1996
ISBN: 0195064933
Publication Date: 1996-02-29

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The A to Z of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation - Michael Mullett
Call Number: BR302.8 .M85 2010 REF
ISBN: 9780810876040
Publication Date: 2010-05-25

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The European Reformations - Carter Lindberg
Call Number: BR305.3 .L54 2010
ISBN: 9781405180689
Publication Date: 2009-07-07

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A Reformation Reader - Denis R. Janz
Call Number: BR301 .R44 2008
ISBN: 9780800663100
Publication Date: 2008-08-15

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Encyclopedia of Protestantism - Hans J. Hillerbrand (Editor)
Call Number: BX4811.3 .E53 2004
ISBN: 0415924723
Publication Date: 2003-12-19


Women and the Reformation

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Women and the Reformation - Kirsi Stjerna
Call Number: BR307 .S75 2009
ISBN: 9781405114226
Publication Date: 2008-07-21

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Women and Christianity - Mary T. Malone
Call Number: BX2347.8 .W6 M35 2002
ISBN: 1570753946
Publication Date: 2002-02-01

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Teaching Other Voices - Margaret L. King (Editor); Albert Rabil (Editor)
Call Number: HQ1149 .E85 T43 2007
ISBN: 0226436322
Publication Date: 2007-02-15

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