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As you begin your theological research, you have several different types of information resources available to you. This guide will help you understand what they are and get started choosing the best ones for your needs.
Reference works are a good place to find basic and background information on your topic. In the study of religion you will encounter common types of reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases, as well as some specialized types of resources such as concordances, lexicons, and commentaries. Here is a brief guide to types of reference works in religion with examples from the Dulaney-Browne Library collection. [Types of Reference Works in Religion & Theology]
The Internet is a powerful resource making thousands of times more information available at your fingertips than has ever been available to any generation of researchers in history. This can be both a blessing and a curse. When using the Internet for research it is important to keep some criteria in mind. Is the information on a particular web page: Accurate, Authoritative, Current, Objective, and Complete? [more on evaluating Internet sources...]
Studies and texts of the Faith and Order Commission (World Council of Churches) Archive of some of the most important texts for the ecumenical movement. Many also include a link to download a pdf.
Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion Includes bibliographies, web links, articles, etc. on such topics as: