Useful Tools for Students
This page has material specifically for students of theology at the Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD) and Flinders University.
Library Instructions & Tours
Adelaide Theological Library staff will help you to learn more about the library service and its resources so as to enhance your theological learning.
We run orientation/basic instruction sessions for first year topics at the beginning of each semester. We are also happy to meet with small groups and/or individual students for instruction in database and ebook use. Please contact the library if you would like to make a time to meet with a librarian.
Finding readings for topics
ACD Online hosts learning programs offered by the Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD), including readings for topics.
Essential readings are also available in the Library. Books containing readings are shelved in the Reserve and 7 day loan collection, in the reception area of Adelaide Theological Library. This collection includes items identified by lecturers as required reading for all topics during the semester.
Books are shelved by call number, not by topic. Search Findit@Flinders to identify the call number.
It is necessary to adopt a consistent referencing system to cite the work of other scholars when writing papers. A humanities notes and bibliography system is generally preferred by the Flinders School of Theology and the ACD. Higher education students are advised to discuss this with their supervisors.
A handout giving basic examples is available on this page
Recommended handbooks for Theology students include:
The Chicago Manual of Style. Reference 808.02 C532.15
The Chicago Manual of Style presents two basic documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date. Choosing between the two often depends on subject matter and the nature of sources cited, as each system is favored by different groups of scholars. A quick guide to both systems is available at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
The notes and bibliography style is preferred by many in the humanities, including those in literature, history, and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in notes and, often, a bibliography. It accommodates a variety of sources, including esoteric ones less appropriate to the author-date system.
McIntosh, Lawrence D. comp. Style Manual for the Presentation of Papers and Theses in Religion and Theology. 808.0662 M152 copies available for loan at ATL
An online source from Western Washington University (USA) is at: http://libguides.wwu.edu/content.php?pid=123723&sid=1063051
Flinders University has entered into a licence for the bibliographic computer software called EndNote, which allows all Flinders staff and students to freely use a copy both on campus and at home. It is of particular value to research higher degree students.
EndNote enables the creation of a personal database to keep track of reference data (author(s), title, year, journal, publisher etc), either entered from the keyboard or extracted from search databases. Full details are available at: http://www.flinders.edu.au/library/endnote/
Theses in Flinders and Adelaide Theological Library
Flinders University Library holds copies of theses written by Flinders students. These are listed on Findit@Flinders and are shelved in Special Collections at Flinders Central. Usually one copy is available for loan. Adelaide Theological Library also has copies of some theology theses.
Try the following keyword searches on Findit@Flinders
thesis ph.d theology
thesis m.th theology
thesis hons theology
Australian Digital Theses (ADT) Project Database
This provides access to PhD and Masters by Research theses produced at Australian Universities. This is a recent project and the hits for theology will be relatively small.
Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)
The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from selected institutions in North America.
A searchable database with theses available for purchase is at www.tren.com/search.cfm
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