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At Fenway: Dispatches From Red Sox Nation
By Dan Shaughnessy
Published by Crown Publishers

Synopsis: OK I know you're thinking "I thought this was a place for serious theological books not this romanticized yuppie baseball junk." Well everybody needs a study break so take one now. Get off the net and go for a walk. Or read this book and go to the place Shaughnessy calls "your father's ball park". Enjoy!!

Recent Reference Books in Religion : A Guide for Students,Scholars, Researchers, Buyers and Readers
By William M. Johnston
Published by Intervarsity Press, November 1996

Synopsis: A guide for students, scholars, researchers, buyers and readers, this book summarizes and evaluates more than 300 contemporary reference works in religion that have been published in English, French and German. Outstanding articles and contributors are highlighted, strengths and weaknesses are carefully noted and weighted, and readers are directed to volumes whose strengths complement the weaknesses of others. Readers will find full coverage of reference works in the modern religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

The Survivor's Guide to Library Research
By William B. Badke
Published by Zondervan Publishing House, March 1991

Synopsis: This user-friendly and humorous guide to research has been used in colleges and universities all over North America. Students consistently comment that it is both helpful and fun. Its strategy based approach will make you an efficient researcher and essay writer in no time.

Religion and the American Experience, the Twentieth Century : A Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations (Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies)
By Arthur P. Young, E. Jens Holley (Compiler)
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group

Synopsis: Drawn from Dissertation Abstracts International through June 1993, this compilation extends the authors' earlier work covering 1620-1900 (Greenwood, 1992) and includes all historically-oriented titles related to theology, religious institutions, liturgy, church music and art, individual religious leaders, church-state relations, and religious influences on science and literature. All bibliographic information is included down to UMI order numbers. Arrangement is by denominations and movements, and by general topic. (Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, OR.)

How to Find Information in the Seminary Library : Reference Guides for Students of Theology
By John Allen Delivuk
Published by Concordia Seminary Library

Synopsis: A collection of 18 guides to the use of various theological reference tools. Arranged in four sections: the subject catalog, periodical indexes, essays and dissertations, and finding information on selected topics. The guides vary in length and quality; the detailed directions on the use of periodical indexes are especially helpful. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
By Kate L. Turabian, John Grossman, Alice Bennett
Published by University of Chicago Press, March 1996

Synopsis: Many schools use this as their standard. Good index.

Reference Works for Theological Research : An Annotated Selective Bibliographical Guide
By Robert J. Kepple and John R. Muether
Published by University Press of America, January 1992

Synopsis: A classified annotated bibliographical guide to over 700 theological reference works designed to serve as both a textbook for the study of such tools and as an aid to their location when doing theological research. Substantially revised from the second edition of 1981. (Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, OR.)

Old Testament Commentary Survey
By Tremper Longman III
Published by Baker Book House, August 1995

Synopsis: Book by book evaluations of Old Testament Commentaries, with critical annotations. Each work is rated on a one to five star scale and also categorized for its most appropriate audience: laypeople, ministers, or scholars. Additional chapters discuss one volume commentaries and commentary sets, as well as other Old Testament tools such as histories, introductions, theologies, grammars, atlases, etc. Balanced conservative perspective. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors
By Gordon D. Fee
Published by Westminster/John Knox Press, April 1993

Synopsis: This indispensable, stimulating guide provides a practical method for a thorough, careful exegesis of the New Testament. It gives step-by-step analysis of the exegetical procedures, a brief guide to exegesis for sermon preparation, and resources for further study. This volume reflects many changes since the first edition was published, opening up new ways of hearing the New Testament.

Handbook for Academic Authors
By Beth Luey
Published by Cambridge University Press, November 1995

Synopsis: Covers all aspects of academic publishing, including chapters on the mechanics of authorship, finding and working with publishers, multi-author works, textbooks, the finances of publishing, and revising dissertations for publication. The revised edition includes a chapter on electronic publishing. Annotated bibliography and index. A valuable tool for both experienced and aspiring authors. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

Library Research Guide to Religion and Theology : Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources
By James R. Kennedy
Published by Pierian Press

Synopsis: A good "how to" introduction for those writing papers. Treats both research techniques and use of selected reference tools. Geared more to undergraduate work, but also helpful for the graduate student. The 2nd edition includes newer tools and a brief discussion of computerized bibliographic research. An appendix lists about 350 theological reference works. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity (American Society of Missiology, No 20)
By Norman E. Thomas (Editor)
Published by Orbis Books, March 1995

Synopsis: This unique sourcebook on the history and mission of the church includes nearly 200 selections covering the two millennia of the Christian era. They represent both classic and contemporary voices of persons in mission from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, and are key texts for understanding the mission of Christ, the vocation of the church, and the nature of Christianity.

An Introductory Bibliography for The Study of Scripture
By Joseph A. Fitzmyer
Published by Loyola University Press

Synopsis: Aims to cover "all the important aspects of serious biblical study," especially for those beginning study in the original languages. Coverage includes periodicals, series, grammars and lexicons, commentaries, texts, theology, backgrounds, archaeology, early rabbinics, hermeneutics, etc. Author index. A valuable guide. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

Elements of Style
By William Strunk, White E. B.
Published by Allyn & Bacon, July 1995

Synopsis: According to the St. Louis Dispatch, this "excellent book, which should go off to college with every freshman, is recognized as the best book of its kind we have." It should be the ". . . daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all" (Greensboro Daily New). "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume" (The Boston Globe).

Multipurpose Tools For Bible Study
By Frederick W. Danker
Published by Fortress Press

Synopsis: A basic work which discusses the bibliography, history, and use of the various biblical reference tools by a Lutheran Biblical scholar. Covers texts, concordances, grammars, lexicons, dictionaries, versions, and commentaries. Particularly helpful for its examples of how various tools can be effectively used. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

Commenting and Commentaries : A Reference Guide to Book Buying for Pastors, Students,and Christian Workers
By Charles H. Spurgeon
Published by Baker Book House

Synopsis: First published in 1876. An old classic that contains two lectures on commentaries and their use and an annotated bibliography (over 100 pages) of 1,437 commentaries, arranged in canonical order. Particularly valuable as an historical bibliography of pre-1900 commentaries. Conservative theological viewpoint but good critical judgment. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

Guide to Theses and Dissertations : An International Bibliography of Bibliographies
By Michael M. Reynolds
Published by Oryx Press

Synopsis: A "retrospective international listing of theses and dissertations bibliographies which have been published as separated entities, produced through 1983 and most of 1984" Arranged by subject with special sections for universal and national bibliographies of theses. See especially pages 233-238 which lists 75 bibliographies in theology and religion. Includes indexes of institutions, names and journal articles, and specific subjects. Has brief annotations. (Annotation copyright University Press of America, Lanham, MD, Kepple/Muether)

How to Write a Thesis : A Guide to the Research Paper
By Harry Teitlebaum
Published by Arco Publishers, December 1994

Synopsis: Covers all steps involved in writing a high school or college research paper or thesis. It includes proper use of quotations, how to compile footnotes and a bibliography, sample completed research paper and note cards used for reference.

A Handbook for Scholars
By Mary-Claire Van Leunen
Published by Oxford University Press, 1992

Synopsis: Updated from the 1978 edition to make it compatible with the increased use of computers, guides the academic writer in creating prose that is clear, correct, and interesting. Much attention is given to citing sources, using a contemporary, rather than traditional, approach. (Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, OR.)

The Research Paper and the World Wide Web
By Dawn Rodrigues
Published by Prentice Hall, February 1997

Synopsis: Full of practical writing assignments, this state-of-the-art text on Web searching provides students in all fields with strategies for conducting research on the Internet. Technically two books in one (a guide to writing research papers and an introduction to Web searching), it demonstrates how to use Web tools to search the Web and libraries on the Internet; provides starting points for finding local and world-wide resources on the Internet; and suggests ways to organize all the information once gathered.

Using the Internet Online Services, & CD-Roms for Writing Research and Term Papers (Neal-Schuman Netguide Series)
By Charles Harmon (Editor)
Published by Neal Schuman Pub, January 1996

Synopsis: A basic guide to researching, writing, and documenting research and term papers using electronic resources. Includes tips on accepted note-taking methods (including electronic notes), offers advice for using quotations and giving appropriate credit, and concludes with model research papers. (Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.)

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