Databases Available at Nashotah House
Access to some of the following databases has been purchased by the House; access to a few of them is freely available on the web. However, many of the databases listed here are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction-Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning to all residents of the state of Wisconsin through BadgerLink. (Wisconsin residents who are not current students of the House should access BadgerLink databases directly through the BadgerLink menu. Most of these databases are under license, and we may offer remote access only to currently enrolled students and faculty of the House.) For instructions on how to access these resources remotely, Nashotah House seminarians should consult the library's Technical Support page or speak with a member of the library staff in person or by phone (262-646-6535) or email Dr. Sherwood.
Recommended Databases for Students of Theology:
The ARDA web site includes a range of material useful for the scientific study of religion. Data includes: Online Learning Modules, Denominational Profiles and Family Trees, a YouTube Channel, Syllabi and other learning resources, Nancy Ammerman's guide for "Observing Congregations," Online surveys, Congregational Membership Reports and Mapping, Religious Profiles for virtually all countries and regions of the globe, QuickStats and QuickLists on a wide range of religion topics, GIS mapping to locate congregations for any census tract or area in the United States, and over 600 downloadable data collections available for immediate review and download.
The ATLA Historical Monographics Collections contain the full text of approximately 30,000 books on religion published between the 13th century and 1923. The database is divided into two sub-series, searchable separately or together. The first series, covering the 13th century to the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, includes many volumes in Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and other languages besides English, documenting the recovery of languages used during the biblical era. This first series provides an in-depth view of the way that interest in, and knowledge of, biblical languages emerged during the nineteenth century, an important foundation for today’s study and understanding of biblical languages. The second series, covering 1894-1923, presents a comprehensive picture of religion in America at the turn of the century. Subjects addressed in this series include the conflict between religion and science, the growing interest in Eastern religions and other world religions, and significant shifts in the religious identification of Americans.
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. More than 600 journals are indexed annually. The database includes more than 1.3 million bibliographic records for journal articles, more than 200,000 essay citations, and more than 400,000 book review citations. Links are provided to 100,000 full text articles from more than one hundred journals. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association. (By special arrangement, the full-text portion of the ATLAS database is available to alumni of Nashotah House. Alumni should contact the Nashotah House Development Office by calling 262-646-6500 or sending email to email@example.com for access instructions.)
The Ebrary Religion and Philosophy Collection includes searchable full-text of 2700 recently published books from university presses (Oxford, Cambridge, Marquette, McGill-Queens, Yale, the University of California, Stanford, etc.) and other fine publishers (Brill, the Society of Biblical Literature, I.B. Tauris, Macmillan, Random House, Taylor and Francis, Routledge, etc.) (Video instructions for using personalization features of the software are provided on the Ebrary home page.)
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,650 journals, including full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
New Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The database is an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. The database contains more than 33,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 12,600 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Each year an additional 2,150 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are selected for inclusion. In addition, nearly 850 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985.
Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Abstracts from over 450 journals are included. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978.
In addition to Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the library has two other electronic reference works also supplied by Oxford UP:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Church (3rd ed., rev.) is a uniquely authoritative, wide-ranging, and indispensable reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics. This updated edition is an essential resource for ordinands, clergy, members of religious orders, academics, teachers, and students of church history and theology, as well as for the general reader.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation is the definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.
Provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology, including Christian, Jewish, and other World religions. English language abstracts are provided for articles in Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.
Google has entered into a project to digitize the collections of a number of university libraries. Many of the digitized books from these collections have entered the public domain and are now available to all. Conduct a search, then limit the search by clicking on "Full view" to see only those books available in full text.
Google Scholar permits searching of a broad selection of scholarly papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Sources include academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, and universities. Some, but not all, of the resources indexed by Google Scholar are available to Nashotah House library patrons in full text.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is "building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form." Includes out-of-copyright texts, moving images,and audio items.
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings
RIM Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981. Author, title, project advisor, institution, and subject access are provided. In addition, an abstract for each project is included when one has been provided by the author.
This database is one way to search for books in Wisconsin libraries. By default the database is limited to Nashotah House holdings; however, by changing the "Scoping in" setting on the search screen, you can select all Wisconsin libraries.
OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide
Access NewspaperARCHIVE contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. A unique primary resource, Access NewspaperARCHIVE is a gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online.
Newspaper Source Plus includes 1,520 full-text newspapers, providing more than 28 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 601,300 television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.
Additional Databases for Interdisciplinary Study:
This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990. Full text.
OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals.
Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
Covers every doctoral dissertation completed in the U.S. at accredited institutions for the last 150 years. Includes some master's theses and foreign language dissertations. (OCLC)
An OCLC collection of scholarly journals. Indexing only.
Contains records on all subjects cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Citations link to full text licensed from NetLibrary and other electronic providers as well as to free electronic books available from educational, government and other websites. Full text is available only for free titles and for those items for which the library has purchased a license.
Education Research Complete is the definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 3,000 journals back to 1881, as well as full text for more than 2,000 journals back to 1936, and includes full text for numerous education-related conference papers and more than 500 books and monographs back to 1972. Full text.
Educational Administration Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 66,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.
ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals. Full text.
U.S. government publications. (OCLC)
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. Full text.
This database provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.
History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,500 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for nearly 170 leading history periodicals, more than 112,000 historical documents, 113,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 112,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a comprehensive database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 400 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 500 titles.
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Covers high-quality periodicals with in-depth indexing and abstracts. Records point to complete online full text. (OCLC)
For Children and the Family:
This database is a rich source of information specially chosen for elementary-aged children. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 1,290 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on animals, weather, holidays, Native Americans, United States, Canada, biographies, civics and more. Full text.
This database is a rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 2,448 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more. Full text.
This database is a rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 3,089 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics and more. Full text.
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source - Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 300 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas. Full text.
The Lexi-PALS Drug Guide is a database of Patient Advisory Leaflets from Lexi-Comp that provides vital education on medications for patients. The approach for each pamphlet is to present each medication in an easy to follow and understand question-and-answer format. The database consists of over 1,450 medication and natural product leaflets, with an additional 600 Spanish language leaflets representing the most subscribed and commonly used medications. Full text.
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text nearly 600 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating back as far as 1975 for key magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 500 full text pamphlets, 268 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 150 popular, magazines for middle and jr. high school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990. Middle Search Plus also contains 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.
Primary Search provides full text for more than 60 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.
A child-friendly interface to Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, a general encyclopedia, an encyclopedia of animals, a dictionary, an archive of pictures, and other resources. Full text.
From one easy-to-use website, TeachingBooks makes instantly available original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature. TeachingBooks' multimedia resources are intended to help educators better understand the spirit and personality behind books and discover exciting ways to share these insights with children and teens. Full text.
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