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Exploring e-books

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Atonement, Christology and the Trinity: Making Sense of Christian Doctrine - Vincent Brummer
ISBN: 0754652300
Publication Date: 2005
Use the e-books tab on the main library search to go beyond the e-books you find in the catalog. By going into each collection (ebrary, EBSCO and the default search box) you can search every word of text in 100,000 electronic books. A sample title is above.


Starting Point

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Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine - Russell Shaw
Call Number: REF BX 1745.5 .O87 1997
ISBN: 0879737468
Publication Date: 1997
This is a great starting point. Shaw lists hundreds of Catholic doctrines, providing a brief history and good bibliography of primary and secondary sources on each.

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Encyclopedia of Religion - Lindsay Jones
Call Number: REF BL31 .E5 2005
ISBN: 0028657330
Publication Date: 2005
Multi-volume work providing broad coverage of multifaith theology

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The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine - Colin Gunton
Call Number: REF BT80 .C34
ISBN: 0521471184
Publication Date: 1997
The fourteen specially commissioned essays in this book serve to give an answer to many aspects of that question. Written by leading theologians from America and Britain they place doctrine in its setting--what it has been historically, and how it relates to other forms of culture--and outline central features of its content.

Searching for books

For a side selection of books on the doctrine of your choice, use the Walsh/OPAL library catalog at

or the OhioLINK catalog at

Enter the advanced search mode, then use the phrase CATHOLIC CHURCH--DOCTRINES or THEOLOGY--DOCTRINAL as a subject, and on another line, key in the doctrinal area of your choice (such as "social justice," "sexuality," "heaven," etc.  You can also use the phrases CATHOLIC CHURCH--CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES if you are seeking information on the development of practices.


    Journal Articles

    For journal articles, use the library's journal databases, available at

    Especially useful are the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, and Origins, the weekly documentary service of the National Council of Catholic Bishops.  When searching the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, the phrase History of Doctrines as a subject, combined with a topic of your choice, such as "death" or "marriage" will yield focused results.


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