MUS 2500: Introduction to Theology through Congregational Song (Bjorlin)
What Databases should I use?
Use databases to search for articles on campus and off. When you are prompted for a username and password, enter your usual North Park information.
- Databases can help you find the full-text of an article (if it is available) when you have a complete citation.
- Databases can also help you find complete bibliographic information when you have a partial citation.
- Databases can be access in two ways from the Brandel Library home page:
- ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Religion Database is the primary database for Bible, theology, and religion.
- New Testament Abstracts and Old Testament Abstracts are also helpful in identifying relevant articles, but provide only a brief abstract of the article, not a full-text of the article.
- Databases contain indexed articles (and sometimes essays in books) and ATLA contains the full-text of many of the articles and essays it indexes.
You can get journal articles in three ways:
- Online - through the Brandel Library's databases and online journal subscriptions.
- WorldShare Interlibrary Loan - request a specific journal article and the library will work to send you a PDF of that article.
- Print - The Brandel Library's print journals are on lower level of the library for you to read, scan, and photocopy.
"Scholarly" vs. "Popular"
Use the following criteria to decide if a publication is popular or scholarly.
Scholarly journal articles:
- written by experts in the field for an informed reader
- make careful, substantial use of scholarly sources in notes and/or bibliography
- reviewed by scholars outside the publication staff ('peer-reviewed') before publication
- longer than articles in a popular magazine
- Examples: Church History; Journal of Ecclesiastical History; Archive for Reformation History
Popular magazine articles:
- aimed at the general public
- usually shorter in length
- use fewer sources and use them less substantially
- published more frequently (weekly or monthly)
- Examples: Christianity Today; Covenant Companion; Christian History
Most databases provide a way to limit your search to or sort your results by "peer-reviewed" (the review process for publishing most scholarly articles).