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Most Helpful Databases

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

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Generally good places to begin your research. Provide brief to extensive overviews of topics and sometimes helpful bibliographies.

Online Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed. (2005) Click here to access.
The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

Ref BR 95 .W67 2001
World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World.
Statistics updated in the January issues of International Bulletin of Missionary Research.

Ref BV 2040 .E92 2000
Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. A. Scott Moreau, ed.

Ref BV 2040 .N44
Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission.
1971. Signed articles, includes some non-Christian missions.

Ref BV 3700 .B56 1999
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. 1999
Articles on 2,400 individuals from the post-New Testament period down to the present. Contains bibliographies.

Ref G 133 .L3 1993
Lands and Peoples. A brief introduction to countries, including information about the land, people, economy, and history.

Ref GN 307 .E53x
Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 1991-1995. 10 vols.

Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Generally good places to begin your research. Provide brief to extensive overviews of topics and sometimes helpful bibliographies.

Online Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed. (2005) Click here to access.
The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

Ref BR 95 .W67 2001
World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World.
Statistics updated in the January issues of International Bulletin of Missionary Research.

Ref BV 2040 .E92 2000
Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. A. Scott Moreau, ed.

Ref BV 2040 .N44
Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission.
1971. Signed articles, includes some non-Christian missions.

Ref BV 3700 .B56 1999
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. 1999
Articles on 2,400 individuals from the post-New Testament period down to the present. Contains bibliographies.

Ref G 133 .L3 1993
Lands and Peoples. A brief introduction to countries, including information about the land, people, economy, and history.

Ref GN 307 .E53x
Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 1991-1995. 10 vols.

Missions Agencies

See this very helpful list of missions agencies compiled by Beeson Divinity School.

Statistics

Ref BR 95 .W67 2001
World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World.
Statistics updated in the January issues of International Bulletin of Missionary Research.

Ref BV 2050 .D55 2004-2010
Mission Handbook: U.S./Canadian Protestant Ministries Overseas

BV2063 .M36x 2010
Operation World.
Missions related statistics and information for different countries.

Ref HA 12.5 .U63
Statistical Yearbook. 2002-2009
Profiles the UN member nations using these major headings: geography, human factors (includes ethnic division and religion), education, science and technology, government and law, labor force, production sectors, manufacturing sector, and finance, economics, trade.

Ref HA 202 .S7x 2000
Statistical Abstract of the United States.
The standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Religion falls under Population.
Available online at https://www.census.gov/library/publications/time-series/statistical_abstracts.html.

The ARDA. American Religion Data Archive. Provides a wealth of data on religion, American and international.

One can search also the ATLA database using the subject headings, "statistics," "church statistics," or specify by country as, for example, "church statistics Africa."

For a wealth of background information and statistics on the countries of the world, see The World Factbook published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Available online at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html.

Finding Articles

Most Helpful Databases

These databases will be most helpful for missions 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.

Other Helpful Databases

These databases may be helpful, but are not a beginning place for missions research. For a complete list of our databases, click here.

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.

Articles versus Essays?

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

A. They are in essence the same. The difference is where they are published. Articles are published in journals while essays are individually authored chapters of edited books. In ATLA they are distinguished by looking at publication type, either article or essay. For an article the source will be a journal title whereas the source for an essay will be a book title. ATLA has many full text articles, but no full text essays. You will need to search TrinCat or I-Share to find a copy of the book in which the essay is published.

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The TEDS standard for all course papers, capstones, master's theses, doctoral projects and dissertations is the TIU Style and Format Guide. The Guide provides writers specific details relative to writing a document acceptable to Trinity. Writers are advised to examine their style and formatting early in their writing process in order to avoid delays in their graduation. For style questions not covered by the TIU Style and Format Guide, consult the Turabian Quick Guide or the Chicago Manual of Style Online.

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