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New Books in Religion

Author interviews of new publications in Religion compiled by the New Books Network. Although the library may not (yet!) own all of them, this podcast is a a great resource.

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Core Research Database for Religion and Theology

For a comprehensive list, see the above tab "Databases for Religion and Theology."

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Citation Styles at CTS

Calvin Theological Seminary papers and theses are normally written using the citation styles in Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed.(Chicago, 2013)  It presents two basic documentation systems:

  • Notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style)
  • Parenthetical citations–reference list style (or reference list style)

These styles are essentially the same as those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago, 2010), with slight modifications for the needs of student writers.   The library has an online subscription to the current (and regularly updated) 16th ed., which you can access through the link in the library catalog:  Chicago Manual of Style online .

Papers written for biblical studies courses should follow the SBL Handbook of Style for Biblical Studies and Related Disciplines, (2nd edition) ed. Billie Jean Collins, et al. (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014). This generally follows Turabian/Chicago, with some significant modifications. If you don't have access to the complete print guide, there is a helpful Student Supplement to the SBL Handbook of Style (pdf) (revised February 2015), ed. Joel M. Lemon.

Citation Tools

Theological Librarian

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Paul Fields
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Distance Education at CTS

For CTS Distance Learning users, please visit Hekman Library Services for Distance Education - Calvin Theological Seminary for a variety of resources such as:

  • A list of quick links to library resources and services

  • Citation styles and tools

  • Information about eBooks at Hekman Library

  • FAQs for distance education at CTS regarding library services