Skip to Main Content

Theology & Catholic Studies: Home


This guide is designed to focus on the resources the library has to offer for theology. Use the tabs above to navigate through this guide.

Please talk to a librarian if you have any questions or suggestions!

Theology & Catholic Studies

Different Types of Sources

As you’re researching, you’ll encounter a variety of different source types that all may be useful for your project - for some of you, it may be required! Here are a few source types, ways in which they can be helpful, and how to find them:

Scholarly Article – These are research articles written by experts who work in and study a specific field. The articles have also undergone peer-review, which means that other experts read the article and suggest changes that should be made before it was published. These articles usually look at a topic in-depth, feature original research, and may include an argument for a specific interpretation, course of action, or treatment.

To find scholarly articles:

  • Use the databases list located on the library website - sort the list by type ("Article") and by subject, if needed. Tip: read the database descriptions, look for words like "academic" or "peer reviewed". 
  • Once inside the database, make sure to filter results by "Peer-Reviewed" if possible. If not, use context clues (author/publisher/publication date) to ensure the article is appropriate for use. 

Encyclopedia Entry – Encyclopedia entries are a great place to start for a lot of topics! These sources provide basic factual information on a topic and introduce you to key concepts and other relevant information.

To find encyclopedia entries:

  • Use the databases list located on the library website - sort the list by type ("Reference"). Tip: follow the red star for popular/easy to use databases.

Newspaper Article – Newspaper articles are great sources for current events, as they provide up-to-date information on a topic. For older topics, newspapers can provide insight into what was going on and what people were discussing when an event occurred.

To find newspaper articles:

  • Use the databases list located on the library website - sort the list by type ("Newspapers"). Tip: Newsbank provides access to a large amount of news media (including some popular magazines) and is easy to search. Find a video tutorial here.

Books – Books are a great way to get in-depth information on a topic, as they are usually long and well researched. Rather than reading the whole book, it’s often more effective to focus on a chapter or two that is specifically relevant to your research topic.

To find books:

  • Select the "Books" tab above for how to find books related to Theology & Catholic Studies.

Website – Websites can be great places to find information about organizations or groups. Just make sure you choose reliable sites and consider the source of information (click here for more info).

Mondor-Eagen Library | Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts 01612