Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995 - Religion - 236 pages
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This book lays out the guidelines, methods, and basic reference tools needed for the successful researching and writing of papers in the discipline of church history and theology. Organized with the needs of research students in mind, this book will help students find a topic, locate the relevant source materials, and write quality papers. It also includes an extensive bibliography of study aids and an appendix describing computer applications for research and writing and new sources in microform.
  

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Review: Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This book examines many trends in historical research. However, being published in 1995, it is very outdated. My professor (the author) is working on an updated edition due out in the next year or two ... Read full review

Review: Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods

User Review  - Andrew Canavan - Goodreads

This is a good practical guide to historiography and research/writing in church history. Not exactly riveting reading, though. Read full review

Contents

Introduction to Church History and Related Disciplines
1
Preliminary Definition of Terms
4
The Emergence of Critical Church Historiography
11
Methods and Models in the History of Doctrine
26
The GeneralSpecial Pattern
27
The Special or Diachronic Model
29
The Great Thinker Model
30
The Integral Synchronic or Organic Model
31
Preparing Lectures and Writing Monographs and Articles
152
Lecturing and Teaching
157
Preparing the Dissertation for Publication
160
Articles and BookLength Projects
164
Selected Aids to the Study of Church History and Historical Theology
167
B Periodical Directories and Abstracts
169
C Scholarly Journals
170
D Handbooks Bibliographical Guides and General Surveys
171

Perspective and Meaning in History
33
Historical SourcesTheir Use and Assessment
39
The Problem of Objectivity in Historical Study
48
Meaning in History
53
Understanding the Past
55
History and SelfUnderstanding
58
The Importance of History
60
The Initial Stages of Research and the Use of Bibliographic and Reference Sources
63
Current Research Techniques and New Bibliographic Databases in Church History and Theology
73
Research in Secondary Sources
76
Periodical Directories and Abstracts
81
Computerized Databases of Secondary Literature
84
Scholarly Journals
89
Handbooks Bibliographical Guides and General Surveys
91
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
92
Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
94
Theological and ChurchHistorical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
95
Historical Atlases and Guides to Historical Geography
98
Research in Primary Sources and the Use of Text Databases and Materials in Microform
100
By Period
101
The Medieval Church
103
Reformation and PostReformation
105
Sixteenth through EighteenthCentury British Sources
106
American Church History
108
Computerized Databases and Primary Research
109
The New Sources in Microform
114
Research in Archives
120
The Practice of Research and the Craft of Writing
126
Evaluating Resources and Materials
127
Taking Notes
129
The Preliminary Outline
131
Writing the First Paragraph
133
Writing the First Chapter
136
Writing the Last Paragraph
137
Footnoting
139
Bibliographies
143
Research with Computers
144
Word Processing the Dissertation
148
E Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
174
2 Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
176
4 Theological and ChurchHistorical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
177
F Historical Atlases and Guides to Historical Geography
180
G Guides to Archives
182
BY PERIOD
183
2 Bibliographies
184
3 Editions of Texts and Concordances
185
B Medieval and Renaissance
186
3 Periodical Guides
188
5 Editions and Series of Texts and Translations
190
6 Studies in Series
191
2 Collections of Sources
195
MODERN BRITISH SOURCES
196
Guides and Indexes
198
D Biographical Dictionaries
200
F Guides to Archives and Manuscripts
201
G Recent Historiography
202
B Periodical Guides and Indexes
203
C Newspaper Guides
204
D General Reference and Research Tools
205
2 Denominations
206
3 Specialized
207
4 Bibliographies of Bibliographies
208
F Encyclopedias and Atlases
209
H Recent Historiography
210
HISTORIOGRAPHY AND HISTORICAL METHOD
211
GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS FOR THE PROFESSION
213
Computer Applications in Research and Writing and New Sources in Microform
215
ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGS
216
SCHOLARLY PROJECTS SERVICES AND DATABASES ON CDROM
218
MATERIALS IN MICROFORM
220
B Microform Guides and Sources
227
Specialized Research Techniques
229
SOFTWARE PRODUCTS AND COMPANIES
230
Index of Names
232
Copyright

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Page 171 - A MANUAL OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE, comprising Brief Descriptions of the most Important Histories in English, French, and German, together with Practical Suggestions as to Methods and Courses of Historical Study, for the Use of Students, General Readers, and Collectors of Books.
Page 4 - It would be sheer fantasy," he continues, to imagine that for each historical problem there is a unique type of document with a specific sort of use. On the contrary, the deeper the research, the more the light of the evidence must converge from sources of many different kinds.

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James E. Bradley is professor of church history at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

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