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Guide to Resources in Divinity

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Getting started
Links to helpful resources for staring work in Divinity sub-disciplines

Going further - searching for resources
3 key tools to help you track down information

Bible versions
English translation, Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament

Online reading lists for Divinity

New books on religion in the Library

How to cite references in Divinity assignments

Online reading Lists for Divinity

Online reading lists are available for most undergraduate and some postgraduate Divinity modules. Search for your module on the Online Reading Lists home page.

Bible versions

English Translation

The translation recommended by the School of Divinity is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

  • Print copies are in St Mary's College Library at BS195.N48F95
  • Online versions are also available, e.g. at BibleGateway

Hebrew Bible texts

Greek New Testament texts

  • SBL Greek New Testament (online)
  • Nestle & Aland, Novum Testamentum graece, 27th ed  BS1965.N4A6
  • Aland et al. [United Bible Societies] Greek New Testament, 4th rev ed BS1965.A6
  • Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior - Catholic Epistles vols BS2777.A2 (Other vols in preparation)

New books on religion in the Library

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Welcome to your Subject Guide for Divinity. It offers some basic guidance on how to find and use the Library's resources in this subject area.  Please note that this is only a little of what is available.  You are welcome to contact me for more detailed help in finding information for your assignments, dissertations and research projects.

Divinity books and journals are available in two locations - St Mary's College Library (mainly books) and the Main Library (books and print journals). We also have a rapidly growing collection of electronic resources - see below for guidance on searching for these.

Getting started

If you're starting study on a topic and are looking for a quick way into the subject, the links below provide a few suggestions for good places to begin.

Going further - Searching for resources

These are the most useful search tools for finding Divinity resources in the library or on the Web.

Library Search searches across all of the resources the Library has in print and online: books, journal articles, book reviews, theses, and much more. 

ATLA Religion is a database specifically for Theology and Biblical Studies resources. It contains details of a million+ journal articles, book reviews and essays, and links directly to the full text of a large number of these. (See our guide to searching ATLA Religion.)

- also for Biblical Studies resources:

Old Testament Abstracts Online and New Testament Abstracts Online are two databases providing abstracts (i.e. short summaries) for articles in journals for Biblical Studies and related disciplines. In many cases they also link to the full text of the articles. (See our brief guide to using the databases.)


It's standard practice to ensure that all sources of information used in a piece of writing are acknowledged by citing them in the text and listing the references at the end of the work.  Each reference should include enough information for the reader of the work to identify and find the material to which you have referred.

There are two main styles of referencing used for Divinity assignments and research:

1. Chicago citation style
The School of Divinity requires that all coursework submitted for assessment is formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. This is available both in print and online. A brief online version providing the most relevant information for formatting citations is also available here.

2. SBL citation style

The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) has developed a variant of the Chicago citation style specially tailored for work in Biblical Studies. This is outlined in their style guide, The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd ed., 2014) available in the Library and as an e-book. There's also a useful student supplement which includes guidelines for formatting citations and bibliographies.

Note: The Chicago Manual of Style allows for references to be formatted as either “notes and bibliography” or “author-date”, as described in the citation guide. You should use the “notes and bibliography” format in assignments except where the module coordinator explicitly requires “author-date”.


Reference management software

Bibliographic management software allows you to create a bibliography, or list of references, by importing references from text files or online databases and automatically formatting it in a preferred style. See our guide for more information.

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