Reference sources are online or print encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases or any other source that is designed to provide a concise yet authoritative overview of a topic of research.
Reference sources are excellent sources to use when you are starting your research, because they provide:
Wikipedia is an online resource that can be edited by anyone who has access to the internet.
It has been subject to much criticism by librarians and faculty in academia because:
Wikipedia does have its good points:
Because of its open nature Wikipedia is still held in much suspect by the majority of librarians and scholars.
If you decide to use any resources found in a Wikipedia bibliography you should make sure that that resource is authoritative.
For more information on assessing online resource, please see the "Evaluating a Website" page.
Better than Wikipedia! Find information on concepts in theology, biographical sketches of theologians and more! Some resources are free to everyone, others require you to log in to the Tyndale network.
For those looking for a good introduction to help you through the research process this ebook will help:
The J. William Horsey Library at Tyndale University College & Seminary has an extensive collection of print reference materials that deal with theology.
You can browse the titles of theology encyclopedias, dictionaries and more through WorldCat. Click HERE for a list of reference books about theology in the J. William Horsey Library. They are not online, you can actually hold them in your hand! If they are in the Reference collection the books cannot be borrowed so you should always be able to find them in the library.