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Find Bible Studies Articles

To find a journal article, connect to ATLA Religion Database and follow the on-screen instructions for searching the database.  To locate articles about scripture passages, click on Scripture at the top of the search menu.  “The Scriptures authority file is a hierarchical, browsable list of the Protestant Bible presented in canonical order. Users may select the expand option to drill down from book, to chapter and verse. Selecting any given book, chapter or verse will execute a search for that scripture reference within the database.”

Journal articles can provide current information, various points of view on your topic, and information that is not covered in books.  Search article databases like the ones recommended below when you need to find journal, magazine, or newspaper articles written about Bible studies and related topics.

  • ALTA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association)
    Indexes more than 130 journals covering the Bible, church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions, religious studies; theology, philosophy, and ethics from 1949 to the present. Includes essays in multi-author works, and book reviews covering the last ten years. Updated semi-yearly.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)
    Indexes more than 300 journals covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, the history of philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, and moral philosophy from 1975 to the present. Includes or has links to full text.

Find Bible Studies Books

To find a book or video/DVD, do a subject search in FOCUS at
Enter your subject search this way:

Bible. N. T. Matthew
Bible. N. T. John
Bible. O. T. Job
Bible O. T. Genesis

If no items are found, connect to the OhioLINK catalog at  To get items from OhioLINK, click on REQUEST THIS ITEM and follow the on-screen instructions.  Learn more about searching the OhioLINK catalog and online borrowing at

To get books or videos/DVDs that are not listed in FOCUS at or OhioLINK at, complete an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.


    Find Bible Studies Reference Sources

    Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks offer background information, define terminology and can lead to other resources. The Library has both print and electronic reference sources about the Bible.  Remember you can always Ask a Librarian if you need help locating and using reference sources.

    A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.7 O64

    New Bible Commentary
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.7 N532c 1994

    New Jerome Biblical Commentary
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.7 B879

    The New Interpreter's Bible
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.77 N532

    Anchor Bible Dictionary
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.3 A539 1992

    Harper Atlas of the Bible
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.93 H295 1987

    Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 220.93 A669 1990

    Various editions and translations of the Bible can be found at:

    Find Biblical Biographical Information

    When looking for biographical information on any Bible Studies figure, try these three methods:

    Use article databases like the ones in the Find Bible Studies Articles section above.

    Search for books and videos/DVDs in the FOCUS at and OhioLINK catalog at by subject using the person's name.

    Consult the biography books in the Library's Reference area.  A sampling of biographical resources you'll find in the Library Reference area includes:

    Who’s Who in the New Testament
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 225.92 B885

    Who’s Who in the Old Testament
    LOCATION: MSJ Library, Reference (1st Floor) R 221.92 C728


      Find Bible Studies Web Sites



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