Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception is now available online in an e-book format through the Library's web site.  This is a research tool that provides the latest scholarship on the Bible and its reception history -- including the origins and development of the Bible in its different canonical forms in Judaism and Christianity as well as the many diverse religious, theological, aesthetic, and cultural contexts in which the Bible has been received and interpreted.

If you have any questions about use of this resource, please contact Christopher Rogers,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BibleWorks 10 Available in Library

BibleWorks 10 is now available on the Bechtold Library’s computers

It provides the tools for comprehensive original language exegesis of the biblical texts as well as many other research and reference aids for biblical studies. 

If you have questions about its use or accessibility, please contact Christopher Rogers,, or you can also visit

Monday, October 31, 2016

Two New Digital Resources on Interreligious Encounter and Global Catholicism

1)    Jan Phillips Database for Interreligious Encounter
An electronic database that focuses on the historical and contemporary encounters between and among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, including scholarship in comparative religions and theologies, hermeneutics, Qumran studies, Judaism/Islam/Christianity, prayer-spirituality-mysticism as well as guides for collaborative teaching.

2)  Journal of Global Catholicism
A new open access, international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed electronic journal that seeks an understanding of the diverse forms of lived Catholicism in global context.  The Fall 2016 inaugural edition focuses on the various expressions of Catholicism in religiously pluralistic India. 

Try-It! Illinois Trial Databases

Offers a wide variety of digital databases across many different fields of study, including theology and religious studies, from the leading publishers in electronic resources.  To access these trial databases, go to  For login access (username and password) -- or if you would like to provide any evaluative comments or recommendations on particular resources -- please contact Christopher Rogers,  Available through November 30.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Welcome to our new Electronic Services Librarian, Christopher Rogers. Stop in and see him for help with research topics, using the databases, instruction needs, and other questions you might have. He is eager to have more interaction--he's finding it a bit slow around here, so come in and give him some work!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trial for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online

The library currently has a trial for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. This reference work explores the current state of Biblical studies related to the formation of the canon in Judaism and Christianity, as well documenting the history of the Bible's reception within religious traditions and world cultures.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Additional Religion E-journals from Oxford University Press

The library has added a package of journals on religion from Oxford University Press. To see the complete list of ejournals available from Oxford University Press, check out the Oxford Journals list on the library's WorldCat A to Z list.