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ATLA Websites on Religion is a selective, annotated collection of web resources for the study of religion. Comprehensive index of online religious educational material, sacred literature, world religions, and historical figures.
A comprehensive database on biblical archaeology, including over 7,000 articles from Biblical Archaeology Review (1975 to present), Bible Review (1985 to 2005 complete), and Archaeology Odyssey (1998 to 2006 complete) as well as the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, e-books, videos and more.
The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, and ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the scholarly gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the entire period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. It provides a critical perspective on the methods employed in Early Christian Studies as well as an updated historiography on numerous topics.
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An historical archive of local and national Catholic newspapers that ranges from 1831 to 2016.
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Includes more than two hundred current Catholic digital newspapers, online publications, and local web sites in North America arranged alphabetically and geographically.
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The Catholic Research Resource Portal provides an online catalog of rare, unique or uncommon research materials – many in full-text format -- from Catholic colleges, universities, seminaries, and archives in North America related to key aspects of the Catholic tradition, including social action, education, Vatican II, men’s and women’s religious orders, and missions.
The full online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 17th edition. CMOS 17 is the authoritative reference work on documentation practices and citation formatting and is the official manual of style for academic research papers at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.
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The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project provides access to five of the digitized scrolls at a level of high-resolution and magnification that allows for the examination of these ancient Second Temple Period manuscripts in precise and exacting detail. The Great Isaiah Scroll is also searchable by column, chapter, and verse, and it is accompanied by a digital tool that translates the verses into English. The site includes short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history as well.
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USML Library is hosting a database trial of Infobase Learning's Films on Demand, a video streaming collection of films in Philosophy and Religion.
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Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) curates high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. Integrates authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible.
Oxford Handbooks Online is an outstanding collection of the best Handbooks across many different subject areas. One of the most prestigious and successful strands of Oxford’s scholarly publishing, the Handbook series contains in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Each Handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship, creating an original conception of the field and setting the agenda for new research.
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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PDQT) Open provides the full text of thousands of dissertations and theses whose authors have opted to publish in an open access format.
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The Digital Commons Network provides full-text scholarly articles of open access academic research from top universities. Religion Commons provides access to research and articles in Religion and Religious Studies.
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This database centers on the history of slavery, racism, and race in the United States and the world, from ancient times to the present. It includes thousands of legal documents and commentaries on slavery as well as pamphlets, books, journal articles, essays, modern histories, and the newest scholarship on these topics.
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This database gives access to the dissertations produced by students at USML.
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Writer’s Reference Center provides users with a convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, this online resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing, provides a wealth of vocabulary-building dictionaries, and presents a step-by-step guide to writing a good essay.
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