Research Resources for Theology and Religious Studies
Below are some links to help you begin your research. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Divinity Faculty library by e-mail or in person.
There are a number of courses to support graduate students, some of them are organised by Divinity Library staff, others are on offer to all grad students, or students in the Arts and Humanities School.
- Effective management of information (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
- Cambridge University Library offers various courses and tours - some of the sessions run by Divinity Library staff are also listed there (we'll add more in the future)
- All training courses offered via the main Training platform of the University
- The Divinity Faculty Library is a primary source of printed and electronic material for the study and teaching of religion in Cambridge. Its holding can be searched using the Library Catalogue.
- The University Library is a legal deposit (copyright) library and has one of the largest open access collections in Europe. Home to over 8 million books and journals, with over 2 million volumes on open shelves. The Library Catalogue can be used to find books and journals in any one of the University of Cambridge Libraries.
- You may find libraries in inter-related disciplines particularly useful for religion: see a list of Faculty and Departmental libraries.
- The following libraries have strong collections in the field of theology and religious studies:
- Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide Library
- Cambridge Theological Federation
- Hamilton Kerr Institute
- Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies
- Margaret Beaufort Institute for Theology
- Ridley Hall
- Tyndale House
- Wesley House
- Westcott House
- Westfield House
- Westminster College
- Woolf Institute: studying relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims
- If a book is not available in one of Cambridge's libraries try searching the COPAC catalogue of other University and research libraries in the UK and Ireland; or Worldcat which is a global catalogue of library holdings. The British Library is another useful source and provides help for researchers. See also the next section on Inter-library loans.
- The University Library offers an Inter-Library Loans Service which provides access to material not held within Cambridge. If you can't find the book or journal article that you need, contact Inter-Library Loans to see if we can help track it down.
- The University holds a wealth of online resources which can be accessed at eresources@cambridge.
- A very brief overview of electronic resources is available on our Libguide for TRS.
Repositories / Archives
- Apollo: Apollo (formerly called DSpace@Cambridge) is the institutional repository of the University of Cambridge. The repository was established in 2003 to facilitate the deposit of digital content of a scholarly or heritage nature, allowing academics and their departments at the University to share and preserve this content in a managed environment.
- JANUS: Archives within the University of Cambridge may be searched using the JANUS catalogue. They include the British and Foreign Bible Society's Library.
- Images of several of the University Library's important collections are available online. They include the Gutenberg Bible Digital Facsimile.
- The archives held in other UK Universities can be found in the Archives Hub. The catalogues of other manuscript collections can be searched using the National Archives website.
- Online, full-text versions of over 1,000 University of Cambridge theses
- The University Library : Manuscripts and Theses catalogue can be used to find theses and dissertations from the University of Cambridge.
- We have Part IIB and MPhil dissertations submitted at the Divinity Faculty, which can be consulted. Please see a list of the most recent dissertations. There is also a list of much older theses held in the Divinity Library. They are reference only; please ask at the issue desk if you wish to consult them.
- ticTOCs: a service where you 'tick' selected tables of contents (TOCs) of interest from an online directory of thousands of feeds. It provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 13,000 scholarly journals from more than 600 publishers.
- ZETOC: provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service, to enable you to keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.
Reference Management Tools
- Information on Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero (provided by the UL).