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FWS 121 The Many Stories of Jesus (Scherbenske): Home
This guide will help you get started with your research for this class. If you have any questions or need help finding resources, please feel free to reach out to Lara Nicosia...she is the librarian from River Campus Libraries assigned to this course and is always happy to help!
One of the best places to find books on your topic is through the library's website. To get started, visit the library's homepage and choose "Library Catalog" from the dropdown box...or try out the search box below.
Commentaries provide a detailed interpretation and analysis of the Bible, often verse by verse. They may address factors such as authorship, audience, date, purpose, and literary structure.
River Campus Libraries has a diverse collection of biblical commentaries that you can use as a starting point for your research. Many of the titles are available on Level 500 and 500m of Rush Rhees Library, though some materials may need to be requested for free from the Ambrose Swasey Library at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
The best way to find commentaries in UR's collection is to search the library's catalog using the following three steps:
Ebook Central is U of R's primary ebook platform with thousands of titles from all disciplines. Many of these titles can be found through the library's main search page, but searching Ebook Central directly is a great way to make sure you don't miss ebook titles relevant to your topic.
Like Ebook Central, EBSCO provides access to a collection of ebooks on a wide range of topics. This collection of ebooks isn't quite as extensive as Ebook Central, but you still may find some useful books on your topic in this database.
Not all titles are downloadable. It depends on the agreement with the publisher, however many titles can be downloaded. If downloading is permitted, you will see a button in the results list that says "download offline," and on the record for the book itself, a utton that says "Download this ebook" Make sure that you have an up to date version of Adobe Digital Editions. Click here for more help.
Also known as the ACLS History Ebook Project, this humanities-focused e-book collection includes nearly 5,400 scholarly titles.
Finding Scholarly Articles
The University of Rochester's libraries provide access to a robust collection of databases containing millions of scholarly journal titles. Be sure to use the filters in these databases to limit your search specifically to journal articles or peer-reviewed sources. Scholarly sources tend to have ample citations to other books and articles and are written by experts in the field. If you're not sure if something counts as a "scholarly" source, check with your librarian for this class she is happy to help.
JSTOR provides access to a wide range of journals from history, area studies, anthropology, literature, film and media studies, and more.
Subject areas include African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, business, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology, statistics. The University of Rochester Libraries currently subscribes to the following multidisciplinary JSTOR Collections: Arts and Sciences I through XV. JSTOR also packages their content in disciplinary collections; however, the only ones of these that we have licensed are the Biological Sciences segment and the first of the Business collections. For alumni access, see also Alumni Library Gateway.
This database is a great multidisciplinary database with full-text articles from humanities-based disciplines such as art, film, music, literature, and religion. It also includes research from history, which some consider a humanistic social science.
Finding Historical Sources
In addition to scholarly sources, the University of Rochester maintains a rich collection of primary sources including extensive newspaper and magazine coverage, historical monographs, digital image collections, and more. Here are a few examples of the primary source archives that might be helpful or this class:
Artstor contains over one million images from museums, libraries, and other collections around the world. These images include photographs, scanned documents, maps, three-dimensional artifacts, and more. Try searching by material type, geography, date, etc. using the "Advanced Search" feature.
including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.
The Gale Primary Sources cross-search interface provides access to millions of pages of content spanning many centuries and geographic regions. Users can explore a wide range of content including monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, maps, and more.
Search across all of our available Readex primary source collections, including African Newspapers, Latin American Newspapers, Archive of Americana, America's Historical Imprints, America's Historical Newspapers, and Caribbean Newspapers.