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Primary Resources for Biblical Interpretation: Find Primary Resources Online

A guide to online primary resources for Biblical Interpretation.

Google Advanced Search

Google's Advanced Search can be used to narrow your internet search to document type, region, domain name and more.

You can also use Google's Advanced Search to combine search terms and also limit your search criterion to website titles, URLs, embedded links and more. to access the Advanced Search take the following steps:

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2. Click on the "Settings" link in the bottom right-hand corner

3. Select "Advanced Search"

Primary Document Repositories on the Web

The following is a list of repositories of primary texts from the ancient world selected by the staff at the Tyndale libraries. 

Name Yahweh in Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts

(Source: Bible Archeology)

Website Evaluation

Not all internet resources are created equal and there are no perfect websites. The following questions, however, are designed to help you choose the best internet resource for your paper.

Authority

Who is producing the website and what are their credentials?

What institution is the website affiliated with? (i.e. university, organization, research center, etc.)

Does the site contain information about the author, the institution it's affiliated with, and the background of the author and/or institution?

Currency

When was the website updated last?

Is there information on when the site was "Updated Last" anywhere on the page?

Are there any "dead" and/or outdated links located anywhere on the site?

Scope

Does the content of the website cover just one aspect of a subject? Or does it cover multiple aspects of the subject?

Does the website cover just one point-of-view/perspective or multiple points-of-view/perspectives?

Is the scope or intended coverage of the topic clearly stated on the site?

Intent

What is the essential purpose of the website (i.e. educational, resource sharing, research, etc.)?

Is there any evidence of a potential bias in the content of the site (i.e. theological, ideological, political, etc.)?

Are the authors of the website trying to sell you something?

Audience

Who is the website written for? In other words, who is the intended audience?

Is the content and/or presentation of the website appropriate for the intended audience?

Is the intended audience clearly stated on the site?

Accuracy

What evidence of quality control in terms of content, facts, currency, etc. is there on the website?

Does the website provide references or a list of links that you may potentially use to cross-reference?

Does the content on the site reflect current knowledge to the best of your knowledge?

Interactivity

Do you need to download any additional software in order to view the content on the site?

Do you have to pay for a subscription or register for the site in order to view the content?

Does the website provide any contact information for the person and/or organization that developed the content?