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Most Helpful Databases

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

Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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

Systematic Theology

Ref BT 21.2 D53 2000
The Dictionary of Historical Theology

Ref BR 95 .B575 2000
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Ref BR 95 .D44 2002
Zondervan Dictionary of Bible and Theology Words

Ref BR 95 .E75 2001
The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology

Ref BR 95 .E87 2001
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Elwell, ed.

Ref BS440 .D495 2005
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible
Kevin Vanhoozer, ed. Baker Academic

Ref BR 95 .N38 1988
New Dictionary of Theology

Ref BR 95 .R313 1985
Dictionary of Theology

Ref BR 95 .R47 1969
A Dictionary of Christian Theology

Ref BR 95 .W494 1983
The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology

Biblical Theology

Ref BS 440 .E78 1996
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Elwell, ed.

Ref BS 440 .N437 2000
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology

Systematic Theologies

The library keeps several systematic theologies in our Reference collection, including:

Ref BT 75 .B38 1996
Systematic Theology. Louis Berkhof.

Ref BT 75.2 .E74 1983
Christian Theology. Millard J. Erickson.

Ref BT 75.2 .G78 2000
Systematic Theology. Wayne Grudem.

Handbooks

Ref BR 118 B48 2009
The Blackwell Companion to the Theologians
2 vols. The goal of this book is to provide readers with accurate, informed, accessible articles on all of the key people of theology.

Ref BR 118 .E67 1989
The Moody Handbook of Theology. Enns.

Ref BR 95 .N393 1992
A New Handbook of Christian Theology. Musser and Price, eds. 

Many other theology handbooks can be found by searching TrinCat for the keywords "handbook" and "theology."

Online Theological Reference Sources

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Contains free access to Ante-Nicene and Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (Series I and II), as well as authors from the Middle Ages, Reformation, and later times (browse by author). Click here to access.

Online Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Most Helpful Databases

These databases will be most helpful for theology 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 theology 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.

Atla

Bible Tools

Writing Helps

Style Guides and Templates

The TEDS standard for all course papers, capstones, master's theses, doctoral projects and dissertations is the the TIU Style and Format Guide on myTIU. 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.

Zotero

Zotero is a free bibliographic management program that one can use with any of these three browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. It allows one to download references from TrinCat, WorldCat, and most of our databases, including ATLA, Academic Search Premier, and PsycINFO. After downloading references, Zotero can be used with its corresponding Microsoft Word (or Open Office counterpart) plugin to create parenthetical references/footnotes and bibliographies in many different citation styles. See our guide here for help with Zotero or click on the tab for Zotero above.

Writing a Research Paper at TEDS / TGS

See our helpful guide for tips on researching and writing an academic paper at TEDS / TGS.

Center for Theological Writing

The Center for Theological Writing of the Thrive Center (formerly the USSC) helps TEDS/TGS students with their academic and theological writing needs. You will need to schedule an appointment with a tutor. You can call the Thrive Center at (847) 317-8193 or email them at thrive@tiu.edu.

Microsoft Word 2010 Formatting Tips (videos)

*Note: Word 2010 is installed on the computers in the Carl Henry lab in the library.

Page numbers
Table of contents formatting
Merging separate PDF documents
Footnote formatting
General help

Zotero

Zotero

Zotero is a free bibliographic management program that one can use with any of these three browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. It allows one to download references from TrinCat, I-Share, WorldCat, and most of our databases, including Atla, Academic Search Premier, and PsycInfo. After downloading references, Zotero can be used with its corresponding Microsoft Word (or Open Office counterpart) plugin to create parenthetical references/footnotes and bibliographies in many different citation styles.

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Tutorial / help with Zotero