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Primary & Secondary Sources

Primary Sources

  • First-hand information.

  • Created during the time being studied.

  • For works from an earlier time period, we use a recent edition of the primary source writings. The names of the editors of these editions may appear prominently, but should not be mistaken for the name of the author of the primary source.

Secondary Sources

  • Second-hand information.

  • Often analyze, interpret, or comment on primary sources, using other primary sources as well as other secondary sources.

  • These may be written by a single scholar 

Blackwell's Great Theologians (aka "The Black & White books")

Your professor recommends this series for concise, scholarly information on theologians.  They are in the Reference section on the first floor.

We Have Your Textbook

  • Your course book is in the Reserves Collection behind the Circulation Desk.
  • To see if the book is available or in use by another student, use the I-Pad located at the Circulation Desk to search by book title, course title, or by professor.
  • Then request the book from the worker at the desk.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library provides access to the full text of older texts such as the writings of saints.