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This guide offers help in finding books, articles, and other sources on the Bible. The guide is intended for undergraduate religion students.

Interlibrary Loan Request

If the O'Malley Library does not have what you are looking for, you can use  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to get books and periodical articles from other libraries. It can take up to two weeks to receive your material.

For books not in our catalog, if you use the "Request this from Interlibrary Loan" button on the book's page, then information about the item you want us to borrow will be transferred over to your ILL request.

For articles, if you use the "Request this from Interlibrary Loan"  button for items where full text was not found in our collection, then information about the item you want us to borrow will be transferred over to your ILL request.

Evaluating Sources

  • Authorship
    • Who wrote it and what are their qualifications?
  • Date
    • Is the information current? Does it meet assigned time parameters? 
  • Content
    • Is the information well researched, contain footnotes, or give sources or have supporting data? 
  • Publisher
    • Who published this text?  Does this source typically give reliable information? 
  • Check for bias
    • Are alternate views presented & treated fairly?
  • Assess the argument
    • How is the claim supported? Are statistics used correctly? Are there logical fallacies?

Citation Mining

If you have a citation and want to find the full-text article, this is the easiest way to do so:

  • Identify the journal title and publication year.
  • Go to the library’s Journal List and type the journal title.
  • A list of databases will appear where you can locate the journal, followed by a date range.
  • Select the date range that includes your specific article and click on that database.
  • You will be brought directly to a listing of years available for the journal.
  • Select the year, volume & issue of your citation.