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Religious History: Finding Periodical Articles: Online Indexes

This is a guide to using periodical indexes to find information about religious history.

Online Indexes

After using one or more of the indexes in this section, refer to the next section of this guide "The Next Step" for directions on how to find the periodical articles you seek in the M.S.U. Libraries.  Be sure to write down, or print out, the citations to the articles you want to read, AS YOU GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF LOOKING THEM UP!

Two resources, Church Missionary Society Periodicals and American Religion: Denominational Newspapers offer full texts within the resource.

Missionary Periodicals Database

This database, created at University of Cambridge and hosted by Yale University Divinity School, records all periodicals concerning foreign missions that were published in Britain from the 18th century through the 1960s. It includes records for 579 periodicals. These can be browsed through an alphabetical title list, or searched by title, issuing body, denomination, place of publication, publisher, region, keyword, or via a clickable map for geographic access. Records provide bibliographic information, notes on the nature and content of the periodicals, and copy location information. Users should be sure to consult the "terms used" link for information about record elements and the "locations" link for expansions of abbreviations and contact information for holding libraries. These two links are at the very bottom of the entry page.

Directions for use: Scroll down to the Subject search line and click on the box "All Subjects."  This pulls up a list of different kinds of history, of which "Religious history" is one and "Sources" is another.  If you want primary sources, choose "Sources."  In either "Religious history" or "Sources" click on one of the words that appears to expand the topic; this can be done several times, with each choice becoming more specific..  When you reach the desired level of specificity, put use the computer's mouse to click a check mark in the box next to the topic.  Scroll up; click on "Insert/close" at top right of screen.  This pastes your search into the work form.  Or, try a free text search using the "all index terms" line on the work from.  Click on "Browse" next to all index terms to look for key words.  Searching is also possible by place name or personal name on the search work form.  Limiting results by chronological time period desired is also possible on the search form, near the bottom.

Irish History Online.  Irish History Online is an authoritative guide (in progress) to what has been written about Irish history from earliest times to the present. It currently contains approximately 72,000 bibliographic records (January 2011). Material on Northern Ireland is included. Since 2010 Irish History Online has been published separately from the Royal Historical Society bibliography. Irish History Online is now hosted by the Royal Irish Academy (Dublin).  It includes bibliographic information on books and pamphlets, articles from journals published in Ireland or internationally, and chapters from books of essays, including Festschriften and conference proceedings.

Review of Biblical Literature

Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields.

Catholic News Archive

Made available by the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.  Site offers thousands of newspaper pages, from different cities, over multiple years...  Fully text searchable.  Also browse by date or title of publication. Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), is a non-profit alliance of archives and libraries.  April, 2019 it contains 14,048 issues comprising 373,563 pages, growing.

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