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Library services for Religion and Theology (Distance Learning) students at Harcourt Hill

Services aimed at the distinct needs of Religion and Theology Distance Learners are offered to those students registered on the Distance Learning course at Harcourt Hill (NB: some restrictions may apply if you live outside the UK).

How to contact us

  • Distance Learning Service
    Oxford Brookes University
    Harcourt Hill Library 
    Harcourt Hill Campus 
    Oxford, OX2  9AT
  • E-mail: This is almost always the best way to contact us.
  • Telephone: 01865 488222 (answerphone available outside opening hours)
    Fax: 01865 488224
  • Librarian for Religion and Theology: Jo Akers 01865 488228

Library services for Religion and Theology distance learners (Word or PDF)

Library opening hours

Borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Postal loan service

Photocopying service: for obtaining photocopies of journal articles/book chapters that are held in the Library

Interlibrary loans service: for obtaining journal articles or books not held by the Library.

Access to other libraries: as a distance learner, it may be possible for you to use other libraries around the country. Oxford Brookes participates in the Sconul Access scheme which can be of particular benefit to distance learning students

Databases - use these when you have a topic and want to find out what journal articles have been written about it

ATLA Religion Database is the principal resource for finding journal articles on this subject. Produced by the American Theological Library Association, it indexes articles from over 600 journals covering theology and religion, and includes book reviews and multi-author essay collections. Full-text access is available for many referenced items. Material dates back to 1949.

Academic Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.

International Bibliography for Social Sciences - international social sciences including sociology, politics, economics and anthropology.

JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. It does not, however, include full-text access to the most recent three to five years of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new material may wish to use other databases such as Academic Search Complete.

Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist periodicals - part of the British Online Archives. Free on campus access only.

Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.

N.B. The Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information. You may also find it useful to look at other subject help pages for details of more subject specific databases.

Journals - use these when you are looking for a journal title or have been asked to find a specific article in a journal

The Library has full-text access to over 10,000 journals, the vast majority of which are available over the internet.

Looking for a particular electronic journal? Search for the journal title on our list of E-journals by title.

Looking for a particular print journal? Search for the journal title on the Library Catalogue.

Looking for journal articles on a subject? Use a database - see the suggestions above.

Electronic books - use these when you want to read the whole text of a book online

The Library catalogue lists the vast majority of our electronic books. Search as normal, and then narrow your search down to electronic books by clicking on 'electronic books catalogue' in the left column (under refine your search: collection). These are some electronic reference works that will be of interest to Religion and Theology students:

Encyclopedia of religion - probably the foremost religious studies reference work to have been published in recent years.

Oxford reference online - contains about 200 Oxford University Press reference books. Includes 13 titles under 'Religion & Philosophy' such as 'The Oxford companion to the Bible' and 'The concise Oxford dictionary of world religions'.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) - digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

JISC historic books - allows cross-searching of over 300,000 historical books published in English or in England before 1800 as well as 65,000 19th century books. It consists of the following collections: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 19th Century books from the British Library collection.

Project Gutenberg: this is a collection of 18,000 free electronic books, most of which are older literary works.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics - by Hastings-Selbie-Gray. An amazing historical resource on religion and related topics, covering the years 1908-1926.

Dictionaries and thesauri - includes the Oxford English Dictionary as well as Oxford Language Dictionaries Online.

Other encyclopaedias - access to multidisciplinary encyclopaedias including Wikipedia, plus some on specific topics.

Internet sites - key Web sites to find resources related to religion and theology

Library guide on Evaluating web sources (Word or PDF)

Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general religion and theology related, or to more subject specific sites.

Academic Information Religion Subject Index - contains statistical and geographical information on religious matters such as membership of faiths and congregations, numbers of adherents to different religions, as well as lists of prominent persons and their religious affiliations.

British Religion in Numbers - an online searchable database of statistics pertaining to religion in Great Britain.

CTI Textual Studies: Resources for Theologians

English literature and religion - bibliographies and links in number of related areas. Topics include Oxford Movement, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, John Milton, Bede, and John Betjeman.

Hartford Institute of Religion Research

International Interfaith Centre, Oxford

Intute: Arts and Humanities - Religion and Theology - a substantial and thoroughly vetted collection of excellent up-to-date websites for students of theology and religion, culture and ethics.

Links to Multifaith and Religion Sites - this site links to resources useful to those seeking information on paganism, indigenous religions and interfaith movements.

Mysticism resources

Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History - the aim of the OCMCH is to embody the historic links between Oxford Brookes University and Westminster Institute of Education with the Methodist Church, through a programme of research activities and support for the historic collections of the Institute.

Project Gutenburg - e-texts of many works of literature, including some theological/philosophical texts. Browse by author or title.

Religion On-line - full text works by scholars including Barth, Bultman, Niebuhrs, Rahner and Tillich.

Religious Studies Project - an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly podcasts with leading scholars on the social-scientific study of religion.

Religious Worlds - information on religious traditions amongst other resources

Virtual religion index - links to Biblical studies, sociology of religion, religious experience, philosophy, ethics, world faiths, classical religions.

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Referencing and research skills

Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

Citing references in your work and plagiarism

Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (Word or PDF)

EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

Information skills: getting started

Information skills: further research