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HIST 3350: Early Christianities Research Guide

Get started researching topics in early Christianity.


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Kristina Claunch
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This guide is intended as a starting point for researching the history of early Christianities, up through the end of the Fourth Crusade.

This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Other Reference Books


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Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges. Most books on religion and religious history will be located on the FOURTH FLOOR of the library, under call numbers such as these:

BR1 - BR1725 - Christianity
     BR60 - BR67 - Early Christian literature, Fathers of the Church, etc.
     BR160 - BR275 - Christianity, History, by period: Early and medieval
     BR500 - BR1510 - Christianity, History, by region or country
BX1 - BX9999 - Christian Denominations
     BX100 - BX189 - Eastern churches, Oriental churches
     BX200 - BX756 - Orthodox Eastern Church
     BX800 - BX4795 - Catholic Church
          BX940 - BX1745 - Catholic Church, History
     BX4800 - BX9999 - Protestantism

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.

Below are SAMPLE subjects (not exhaustive). To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Education, then look for more specific subjects, such as Education England History 18th century.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

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