Resources for theological studies are plentiful, but not all resources are beneficial for graduate theological education. The best place to start your search for resources is Campbell University Library. Its theological collection holds over 33,000 volumes and is continually growing. In addition to these book resources, Campbell University Divinity students have access to important databases which index journal articles and, in some cases, make full-text articles available electronically. The most important of these databases is the ATLA Religion Database. Almost any resource not owned by our library can be borrowed from other libraries through the interlibrary loan system.
In addition to the library, an academic resource room is located on the third floor of Taylor Hall. Divinity School students have the use of computers (with Internet access and printers), study carrels, and a modest collection of theological reference materials. Below are links that may be helpful for writing and research.
Resources for Writing
Campbell Divinity School Format Guidelines for Term Papers (PDF)
Accesses abbreviated guidelines for using Turabian style prepared specifically for Campbell University Divinity School students.
University of Chicago Press Guide to Turabian
Avoiding Plagiarism from Purdue Online Writing Lab
Grammar Refresher (Especially for English as a Second Language Students) from Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources for Research Library Databases
CamelCat (Check here to find the books held by our library) Campbell University Library’s online catalog
ATLA Religion Database (Check here for journal articles and book reviews) Covering topics such as Biblical studies, world religions, Church history, and religious perspective on social issues, this database includes over one million citations to articles and essays from 650 journals and 14,000 multi-author works in 26 languages. It also includes full text/full image articles for the entire runs of a core collection of more than fifty significant scholarly periodicals in the field of religion, most of which go back to 1949. This online database combines three printed indexes: Religion Index One: Periodicals, Religion Index Two: Multi-Author Works, and Index to Book Reviews in Religion. Access limited to Campbell students
WorldCat (Check here for information about books not held by Campbell) OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide. Access limited to Campbell students
While some academic disciplines may be moving toward paperless publishing with most significant research being done electronically, the literature in theological and religious studies continues to be paper-based. Internet searching is no substitute for research in the library. There are some very good internet sites that may be beneficial in theological studies, but there is a great variety in the quality of internet sites. Some skill is required to differentiate the good from the bad on the internet. Here are some sites that can help develop that skill and lead to some quality sites.
Internet for Religious Studies
This site from the Resource Discovery Network offers free, self-guided tutorial for developing internet skills in religious studies including links to significant websites.
Wabash Center Internet Guide
A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc.
Bible Gateway Searchable Bible
online (includes many translations in English and other languages)
American Religion Data Archive
The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) is a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and acts to preserve quantitative data on American religion, to improve access to this data, to increase the use of the data, and to allow comparisons across data files. The ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations).
Congregational Resource Guide
An effort of the Alban Institute in consultation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and other specialists, the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) exists to help congregational leaders connect with resources that will enable them to face challenges and foster vitality in their communities of faith.