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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!

You can reach Lara using the following methods:

Finding Books and E-books

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.

Bible Commentaries

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:

  1. Go to the library's homepage and click "Advanced Search."
  2. Select "Subject Terms" from the first drop-down box and type in Bible Commentaries or a specific book followed by "Commentaries" (e.g. Matthew Commentaries).
  3. Check off "Items in the library catalog" to limit your results to items available through UR's libraries.

E-book Collections

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.

Religious Studies Databases

Humanities Databases

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:

Help is Available!

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Lara Nicosia
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