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Finding Reference Resources

Each page in this guide includes a section with links to online reference resources for that topic AND a section listing additional titles you can find in print "In the Reference Room" of least one of the three Nyack/ATS libraries.  


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The guide is designed to introduce Hebrew Bible/Old Testament resources to those new to the field and to direct advanced researchers into deeper investigation.


Use the navigation links at the left OR the tabs above to select your starting place.

Most of the resources listed are accessible through the Nyack/ATS Libraries.  Notable online resources are also listed. 

Please notify Cheryl Felmlee, the ATS Librarian, to recommend resources that you think should be included.


Selecting Resources

1. What is your present information need/question?

Finding a "good" resource may not always suffice, especially if it does not adequately address what you want or need to know.  As you start a research session, stop to ask yourself what you need to understand at this point in your research--both in regard to the extent and level of information you need.  Knowing what you are seeking can help you to select a good source that will also address your need appropriately.  Here are some ideas about that process.

2. What are the resource options?

   Reference resources <----> Foundations

   Books <----> Developed ideas in a context

   Articles <----> Specfic and targeted ideas

Throughout normal investigative processes, questions take a variety of forms.  This calls for a variety of resources that can address those questions or topics.  As you understand the purposes and functions of various information resource formats, you will be able to effectively select a resource format that addresses your need.

Reference resources - During initial (and even subsequent) stages of research, you may need to refer to basic information to define terms or concepts and to enhance your foundational understanding of the topic.

Books - At other times, you will want to search for and engage with ideas and concepts that are presented within a more fully developed context.

Articles- Invites you to explore the depths of a topic.  Because each article describes a specific facet of the topic, you may need to combine several to develop a broader understanding.

3. Match and apply appropriate resources to your current specific need/question.  THAT'S RESEARCH!


Finding Books and E-Books

Books typically present fuller discussions of a theme than reference resources or journal articles.

With diverse formats and platforms for getting to books (print, e-books, individual books, books in series, etc.), you will want to be familiar wtih the various discovery tools for identifying and locating those that are relevant for your particular search.


(A little explanation about e-books and libraries - The Nyack/ATS Libraries' collection of e-books is rapidly expanding.  However, libraries face licensing limitations and publishers' protocols that you do not have when you purchase and download an e-books.  

Downloading a library e-book can be understood in the same way as checking out a book from the library.  You may use it for a certain time period, and then it is returned electronically.  

Opening the book online without downloading is similar to picking it up and reading it in the library.  When you are finished, the next person can read it.  Some may permit access by multiple simultaneous readers.

Publishers are still working out with our library e-book suppliers how to permit libraries to purchase or license access to an e-copy of a book that can be loaned, returned, and loaned again.  As more content becomes available to us, we can make it available to you.)

The Quick Links on this page lists the library's e-book sources.


Search Encore, the library discovery catalog.  Use "keywords" for broader searches--or more focused searches (e.g. subject terms, words in title, author's name, or call number) to see what we have.  Use the Quick link on this page.

Broadening Your Search

Search WorldCat, the MOST comprehensive online catalog of the world's literature.   

Search the library catalog at institutions that you know are strong in the field you are researching (e.g. University of Pennsylvania, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, etc.).

Request books that Nyack/ATS does not own through our interlibrary loan service.


Library Info


Resource Glossary

Reference - resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, or handbooks that organize information on general or specialized topics in a succinct manner for quick discovery and effective retrieval.

Database - a searchable data set gathered to help researchers identify potential resources; typically focuses on a specific resource format (e.g. articles from journals or books or reference articles) and/or discipline or subject area.  May also include direct links to full text of the resources described.  Scope and parameters for inclusion are determined by the content provider (e.g. ATLA or OTA publishers) and can be reviewed in the database Helps. 

Database host - an agent such as EBSCO (EBSCOhost) that provide searchable access to a group of hosted databases.

Serial - a publication that is published in multiple components over time.

Periodical - a serial that is published at regular intervals, e.g. quarterly, annually, etc.

Journal - a scholarly periodical with a defined subject focus.

Peer-reviewed - articles that go through a review process to validate the scholarship prior to publication

Magazine - a periodical with popular, not typically scholarly, appeal


Finding articles

Select the Find Articles in Databases tab of this guide.  Its suggestions will help you to become more efficient and effective as you research and discover relevant articles through the library's research tools.


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