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Most Helpful Databases

These databases will be most helpful for ministry research. Journal articles and essays (book chapters) can be found searching these.

Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These resources are generally good places to begin your research. They provide brief to extensive overviews of topics and sometimes helpful bibliographies.

  • Anthony, Michael J., ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. Ref BV1461 .E93 2001
  • Bradshaw, Paul F., ed. The New SCM Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. London: SCM Press, 2002. Ref BV15 .N488x 2002
  • Carr, Wesley, ed. The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. Ref BV4005.5 .N48x 2002
  • Cox, James William, ed. Handbook of Themes for Preaching. Louisville, Ky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991. Ref BV 4423 .H26 1991
  • Dowling, Elizabeth M., and W. George Scarlett, eds. Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2006. Ref BV4571.3 .E53 2006
  • Hunter, Rodney J., ed. Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005. Ref BV4011 .D43 2005
  • McClymond, Michael James, ed. Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2007. Ref BV3773 .E53 2007
  • Scorgie, Glen G., ed. Zondervan Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. Ref BV4501.3 .D545 2011
  • Sheldrake, Philip, ed. The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005. Ref BV4488 .N49 2005
  • Stake, Donald Wilson. The ABCs of Worship: A Concise Dictionary. Louisville, Ky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992. Ref BV15 .S69 1992
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Ref BV2.5 .C36 2011
  • Webber, Robert, ed. The Complete Library of Christian Worship. 7 vols. Nashville: Star Song Pub. Group, 1993. Ref BV10.2 .C65x 1993

Online Reference Ebooks

Finding Articles

Most Helpful Databases

These databases will be most helpful for ministry research. Journal articles and essays (book chapters) can be found searching these.

Searching Multiple Databases

To search Atla and Christian Periodical Index simultaneously, use the search box below.

Accessing databases from off-campus

From off-campus, log-in to the databases using your TIU username and password. (This is what you use to log into your Trinity email, myTIU, and Moodle.)

If you need help with your password, contact IT.

What is a Database?

Articles versus Essays?

Q. What's the difference between articles and essays?

A. Articles are published in journals while essays are what databases mean by individually authored chapters of edited books.

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