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Web versions of this and other Getting Started guides are available at http://www.marymount.edu/lls/guides/ The following sources in this guide are good places to begin your research. I. Background Sources are located on the first floor of Reinsch Library and do not circulate. General The New Catholic Encyclopedia. (15 vol.) REF BX841 .N44 Scholarly, comprehensive source on Catholic teaching and a wide variety of related topics. There are extensive entries relating to biblical scholarship, best accessed through the general index. Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic Almanac. REF AY81 .R6 N3 (previous 5 years in stacks) Hundreds of facts about virtually every aspect of Catholicism, including a “Year in Review” section. Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic Dictionary. REF BX841 .C24 2002 Short definitions accompanied by pronunciation guide. Church Law Code of Canon Law. (Latin/English ed.) REF BX1935 .C38 1999 Full text of the laws of the Latin Rite Church. Directory The Official Catholic Directory. (2 vol.) REF BX845 .O32 Annual directory of Church hierarchy and of U.S. dioceses, including religious orders, organizations and associations. Contains alphabetical listing of diocesan and religious order priests in the U.S. Doctrine Catechism of the Catholic Church. REF BX1959.3 .E5 2000 Basic teachings of the Church on the Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Morality, Prayer. The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices and Prayers. REF BX842 .E87 1997 Clear answers to frequently asked questions; cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican Council II. (2 vol.) REF BX830 1962 .A3 F55 (also in stacks) Texts of 16 basic documents of Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and related documents issued later.
History Catholicism USA. REF BX1406.2 .F74 2000 A portrait of the Catholic Church in the United States. Includes statistics. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. REF BX1406.2 .E53 1997 Covers events that shaped Catholicism in the U.S. from the time of Columbus to the present day. Global Catholicism. REF BX946 .F76 2003 A portrait of the Church throughout the world. Includes statistics. OSV’s Encyclopedia of Catholic History. REF BX841 .B86 2004 Easy access to a wide range of material encompassing 2,000 years of Church history. Liturgy and Sacraments Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite: The Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. REF BX1971 .E45 1995 Official directives and detailed explanations of every aspect of liturgical celebration. The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church. REF BX1969 .N66 1996 Describes the Vatican, College of Cardinals, Church protocol, vesture, insignia, and more. Dictionary of the Liturgy. REF BV173 .L26 1989 Concise definitions of everything related to liturgy. Includes illustrations and pronunciation guide. Popes and Bishops The Encyclicals of John Paul II. REF BX870 1978f Oct. Texts of 13 encyclicals through 2001. The Papacy: An Encyclopedia. (3 vol.) REF BX955.2 .D53 2002 Historical dictionary of the popes and the papacy as an institution. Pastoral Letters of the United States Catholic Bishops. (6 vol.) BX874 .A2 C37 (in stacks) Texts of documents of Catholic bishops of the U.S. from 1792-1997. Updated periodically.
Research Guides Reference Works for Theological Research. REF BR118 .K38 1992 Annotated bibliography of basic reference works useful for research in theology. The Theology of the Church: a Bibliography. REF BX1746 .D85 1999 Bibliography of works on numerous aspects of Catholic theology, updated through 1998.
Saints, Social Teaching and Spirituality Butler’s Lives of the Saints. (12 vol.) REF BX4654 .B8
Revised and updated version of the classic work; provides brief biographies of the saints arranged by feast days on the liturgical calendar; one volume per month. Includes 2005 supplement which contains information on new saints. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. REF BX1753 .C362 2004 Organized by broad topic, this overview of the Church’s social teaching contains a thorough analytical index. The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. REF BX2350.65 .N532 1993 Emphasis on reform and renewal of Catholic spirituality since Vatican II. II. Books Search the ALADIN Catalog for books owned by MU or other members of the WRLC. For additional information review the Help Screen Options and refer to the handouts Tips and Techniques: Catalog Search and Finding Materials in the Library to browse subjects by call number. To Search by Subject The quickest way to search for a subject is by typing one or more keywords or a person’s name in the search box and clicking on Keyword. For additional results, click on a book that addresses your subject and look at the Subjects assigned to that book. Click on that Subject Heading to view additional titles.
1. Enter one or more terms which best describe your topic. 2. Use and, or, not to combine terms, saints and martyrs 3. Use quotation marks to search words as a phrase, “Holy Eucharist” Always assume that we have books on your subject. If you aren’t finding anything, ask for help at the reference desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org For books related to Catholicism, you may want to browse in the BR through BX sections of the library’s collection. III. Articles. Search the databases in ALADIN at http://www.aladin.wrlc.org. Dates of indexing and full-text will vary by publication and by database. Religion Databases Catholic Periodical and Literature Index. (Earlier years only in hard copy in REF Index BX861 .C364) Indexes over 200 periodicals covering all aspects of Catholicism; includes citations of articles and book reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, of Papal documents, and of church promulgations. Use the Find It button to link to full-text. ATLA Religion Database Indexes nearly a million records from 1,400 journals all related to religion; covers predominantly Christianity, but includes information on most other religions. Use the External Link Resolver link to link to full-text in other Marymount databases. ProQuest Religion Indexes more than 90 journals in the field of religion from 1986 to date. Covers religious news and commentary, as well as issues and perspectives in such areas as doctrine, religious history, and archaeology. Use the Find a Copy link and then the Find It button to link to full-text.
Humanities Database Arts and Humanities Citation Index Searches more than 8,000 journals; covers a broad range of topics in arts and humanities, including Catholicism. Use the Find It button on the detailed record to link to full-text. General/Multidisciplinary Database Expanded Academic ASAP Contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from a broad range of subjects, including religion. Search may be limited to refereed publications. Use the Find It button to link to full-text. Finding Articles Refer to the handout Tips and Techniques: How to Find Journal Articles. IV. Internet Resources Below are listed some relevant resources. The web version of this guide (http://www.marymount.edu/lls/guides/) provides direct links to these sites. For suggestions on how to find other academic web sites refer to the handout Tips and Techniques: Researching the World Wide Web. Theological Librarians and the Internet. REF BL37 .T48 2001 Intended for librarians, but provides web sites useful for students on Church history, liturgy, art, etc. Catholic Information Network http://www.cin.org Contains articles on Church news and events, full text of recent Papal proclamations, archive of Church documents, and links to Catholic websites. Catholic.net http://www.catholic.net Provides Catholic news, selected full text articles from Catholic magazines and newspapers, and full text of Church documents. Finding God in Cyberspace http://www.kenrickparish.com/gresham/contents.htm A guide to religious studies on the Internet, with the emphasis on Catholicism. New Advent http://www.newadvent.org An excellent site for an introduction to, and study of, the Catholic faith. Provides an encyclopedia of Catholicism, full text of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica, full text of writings of Church Fathers, and links to Catholic websites. PetersNet http://www.petersnet.net A search engine for Catholic websites; provides Catholic news, Catholic research databases, discussion groups, recent Papal proclamations, other Church documents in full text, and reviewed links. Vatican: The Holy See http://www.vatican.va The official website of the Vatican; contains Vatican and Church news, full text of official Papal publications, speeches and proclamations; provides Pope profiles back to Leo XIII; includes massive archives of Church documents; some information may not be available to the public or available in English. For further information, stop by the reference desk, call (703) 284-1649 or e-mail email@example.com. REF: MSM: rev. 06/06
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