These materials are useful for basic research in Religion. If you need more help with your research or finding resources, contact Library staff

Searching for Books

Virtually browse the shelves

Did you find a good book and want to see related books nearby? Select Browse the Shelf on the book’s item details page. Use the arrow keys on either side to see what other books have been shelved in that subject and might be useful for your papers.

A screenshot of the online Library Catalogue with a full-width orange button that reads "Browse the Shelf".

Articles & Databases



The following journals deal with theology. Booth UC Library has either a current subscription or back issues of all of these titles. Click on the title to view which issues the library has.

Religion and Theology Links

  • Religious Studies Web Guide: An internet resource guide compiled and maintained at the University of Calgary Library.
  • Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library: A free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives initiated by the global Church of The Nazarene.
  • Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Online version of the 1996 print edition.
  • The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism : The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism is a multilingual online library that offers access free of charge to more than 650,000 full-text articles journals, books and other resources. Its focus is on theology, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in World Christianity.
  • Day Missions Collection: The collection originally focused on institutional histories, missionary biography, the annual reports of missionary societies, periodicals, and works prepared by missionaries for the use of the peoples of mission fields, as well as related literature in areas such as ethnology, geography, comparative religions, and linguistics.
  • Pluralism Project: Harvard University portal for religious diversity news, resources, and student, staff, and affiliate research.
  • ATLA Websites on Religion: Excellent site with very well chosen links.
  • Virtual Religion Index: Covers theology of several religions as well as philosophy with respect to theology. Quite extensive and useful for biblical studies as well.

Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources are first-hand accounts created close to the time of the person, event, or period that is being studied. Examples of primary source material are diaries, speeches, correspondence, autobiographies, and newspapers.

Some keywords you could use in your search are:

  • letters
  • sources
  • correspondence
  • narratives
  • works
  • diaries
  • personal
  • speeches
  • interviews

Commentaries and Bible Dictionaries

Bible Commentaries

Bible commentaries can be found in two places – Reference Collection and Main Collection. In the Reference Collection, they're organized by series. In the Main Collection, they're shelved among the book of the Bible they're on. For example, the New Century Bible Commentary on Isaiah is shelved in BS 491.2 with the other New Century Bible Commentaries in the Reference Collection. In the Main Collection, it is shelved in BS 1515.3 with the other books on Isaiah.

Some common commentaries are:

Bible Dictionaries

Most Bible dictionaries are located in the Reference Collection in the BS 440s.

Some common Bible dictionaries are:

Where to find books of the Bible

Old Testament

  • Genesis: BS 1231
  • Exodus: BS 1241
  • Leviticus: BS 1251
  • Numbers: BS 1261
  • Deuteronomy: BS 1271
  • Joshua: BS 1291
  • Judges: BS 1301
  • Ruth: BS 1311
  • 1 & 2 Samuel: BS 1321
  • 1 & 2 Kings: BS 1331
  • Ezra: BS 1351
  • Nehemiah: BS 1361
  • Esther: BS 1371
  • Job: BS 1411
  • Psalms & Proverbs: BS 1421
  • Ecclesiastes: BS 1471
  • Songs of Songs: BS 1481
  • Isaiah: BS 1511
  • Jeremiah: BS 1521
  • Lamentations: BS 1531
  • Ezekiel: BS 1541
  • Daniel: BS 1551
  • Hosea: BS 1561
  • Joel: BS 1571
  • Amos: BS 1581
  • Obadiah: BS 1591
  • Jonah: BS 1601
  • Micah: BS 1611
  • Nahum: BS 1621
  • Habakkuk: BS 1631
  • Zephaniah: BS 1641
  • Haggai: BS 1651
  • Zechariah: BS 1661
  • Malachi: BS 1671

New Testament

  • Matthew: BS 2570
  • Mark: BS 2580
  • Luke: BS 2590
  • John: BS 2600
  • Acts: BS 2620
  • Romans: BS 2660
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians: BS 2670
  • Galatians: BS 2680
  • Ephesians: BS 2690
  • Philippians: BS 2700
  • Colossians: BS 2710
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonias: BS 2720
  • 1 & 2 Timothy: BS 2740
  • Titus: BS 2750
  • Philemon: BS 2760
  • Hebrews: BS 2770
  • James: BS 2780
  • 1 & 2 Peter: BS 2790
  • 1, 2 & 3 John: BS 2800
  • Jude: BS 2810
  • Revelation: BS 2820
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