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Pieces of a Citation

Put together a citation from bible reference sources

No matter what citation style you use, you will need to find a standard set of pieces of information to create your citation from Bible overview sources. Watch the tutorial to learn more.

Scanning pages

SCAN pages instead of checking out books in order to leave books for other RE 101 students to use.

  • Swipe your card at a printer, choose "Device Functions," then "Email," then enter your email, then place the page you need face down on the copy screen and press "Black and White" or "Color." A PDF scan will be sent to your email.  
  • Leave the used book on a library cart so staff can re-shelve it.

Questions?  Ask at the Service Desk.


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Bible Concordances

Bible Concordance

What does it provide?

  • A list of EVERY SINGLE TIME a word is used in the Bible

Where to find?   

  • Bible Gateway website (free online) is the easiest to use
  • BibleWorks program on the library's stand-up computers
  • Print concordances in Reference or the 1st floor stacks - look for "exhaustive" not "abridged"

How to use?   

  • Keyword search Bible Gateway; look up alphabetically in print texts

Bible Dictionaries

Bible Dictionary

What does it provide?

  • the MEANING behind a word, phrase, or concept
  • the BIOGRAPHIES of people (brief)
  • the HISTORICAL CONTEXT of a passage, perhaps also the themes
  • May be a single sentence or several paragraphs

Where to find?

  • Reference section (at the front of the 1st floor) in the 220.3 section.
  • Online access--see link below

How to use?

  • Look up your word, person, concept, etc, ALPHABETICALLY
  • If the word has a more commonly-used related term, you may be directed to find that instead:
    • For the above, you would then look for "Mediterranean Sea" and there would be an entry there that would mention the Great Sea.
    • Example of a dictionary entry referring you to the more common phrase
    • Same for "greaves"--look up "Arms and Armor" instead.

Bible Commentaries

Bible Commentary

What does it provide?

  • an INTERPRETATION of the spiritual, historical, and literary meaning of the text (verse, passage, chapter, etc)
  • it may COMPARE the text to similar passages, similar uses of a word, or the meaning of different translations or editions this explanation will be in-depth

Where to find?

  • Reference or 1st floor stacks (search or browse 222-228 section)
  • One set of New Interpreter's is on Reserve
  • Online access--see below

How to use?

  • Look up your passage in the ORDER it appears in the Bible
    • If your passage is in Mark, find a commentary that includes Mark (it will be all about Mark, all about the Gospels, or all about the New Testament)
    • Locate the book of Mark in the commentary (it will be in the same order as in the Bible)
    • Locate the passage (again, it will be in the same order as in the Bible)

Bible Atlas

Bible Atlas

What does it provide?   

  • Maps of the lands mentioned in the Bible
  • Usually, the atlas provides both historically accurate (from all time periods relevant) and present-day maps

Where to find?   

  • Reference (1st floor as you walk in)
  • General Stacks (rest of 1st floor; search OneSearch)Search for Bible Atlas in OneSearch to know where to look

How to use?

  • Figure out how the atlas is ordered (it may be alphabetical, geographical, or historical) and find the map you need. You may need to use the index.

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