Religion Research Guide
As the WELS School of Ministry, our library at MLC includes many theological resources.  This guide will help you find them, including our extensive book collection, research databases, and print journals.
All Items by Source

Religion Resources (Included in Discovery searches)

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Religion Restricted Resource
Includes:
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
  • Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia

Religion Resources (Search separately -- not included in Discovery searches)

BAS Library
Online digital archive of Biblical Archaeology Review and historical copies of Bible Review and Archaeology Odyssey.
Bibliotheca Sacra Restricted Resource
Articles on theology, Bible exposition, ministry, and current issues in religion.
note: Must request password from Jan Nass for online access.
Open Access Digital Theological Library
High-quality curated content in fields related to religious studies.  All information is open access (no fee to use) and has a stable URL.
Oxford Handbooks Online Restricted Resource
Scholarly articles on a variety of subjects.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Essay File
Digital repository of theological essays.
World Religions Restricted Resource
Information about world religions that includes articles, videos, sacred music and texts, primary sources, news, maps, and images.

General Databases

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
Ebooks on a variety of topics.
note: Included in Discovery searches.
Points of View Reference Center Restricted Resource
Contains resources that provide multiple viewpoints on an issue.  Includes information from newspapers, news transcripts, reference books, and primary sources on a large number of varied topics.
note: Not included in Discovery searches.  Search or browse site directly.

Journals/Magazines

Bible and Spade
A journal of archaeology and biblical research.  2000 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Biblical Archaeology Review Restricted Resource
Available digitally 1975 to present.  1975 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Christian News
1990 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Christianity Today Restricted Resource
Contains news, articles, editorials, and reviews on Christian life for ministers and other religious professionals.  Available digitally 1990 to present.1956 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Concordia Journal
1975 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Concordia Theological Quartlerly
A theological journal of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  1977 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Currents in Theology and Mission
The theological journal of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary.  2002 to present available digitally.  Some years available in print at the MLC Library.
note: Alternative access:  Currents in Theology and Mission
Faith-Life
The periodical of the Protes'tant Conference.  1928 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Faithful Word
A journal of doctrine and defense from the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation.  1972 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life Restricted Resource
Contains debates, commentary, and head-on examinations of the most critical religious and moral questions confronting Americans today.  Available digitally 1997 to present.  1990 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Forward in Christ
Official magazine of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  2000-present available in print at the MLC Library.
Happy Times
1971 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Journal of Theological Studies
Journal on a range of topics in theological research.  Available digitally 1993 to present.  1989 to present available in print at MLC Library.
note: Alternative access:  Journal of Theological Studies
Journal of Theology
Journal of the Church of the Lutheran Confession.  1961 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
LCMS Reporter
Most recent three years available in print at the MLC Library.
Luther
All issues available in print at the MLC Library.
Lutheran Quarterly
1987 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Lutheran Sentinel
Published by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  1945 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Lutheran Spokesman
Publication of The Church of the Lutheran Confession.  1958 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Lutheran Witness
Publication of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  Most years 1885 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
One Accord
1972-1983, 1998-present available in print at the MLC Library.
Oxford Reference Restricted Resource
Ebooks and articles on a variety of reference subjects.
note: MLC does not have access to the entire Oxford Reference collection.  Click "Show books in my subscription" on the left side menu to see the items we hold.
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Preach the Word
Most recent three years available in print at the MLC Library.
Touchstone Restricted Resource
1992 to present available in print at the MLC Library.

Ebooks

ACLS Humanities Ebooks Restricted Resource
Academic ebooks in the humanities and social sciences.
Directory of Open Access Books
Links to digital academic, peer-reviewed books.
Ebooks Minnesota
Collection of ebooks, most on Minnesota topics or by Minnesota publishers.  Free for anyone in Minnesota to use.  No login necessary.  An unlimited number of people can use a book at the same time. 
Overdrive (MLC Collection)
Collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks, including children's titles and MTLE prep materials.  Uses the same login information as your library account.  If you haven't yet set a password for your library account, do this before checking out items in Overdrive.
Overdrive (TdS Collection)
Collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks.  Uses the same login information as your library account.  If you haven't yet set a password for your library account, do this before checking out items in Overdrive.
Overdrive (Traverse des Sioux public library collection)
Collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks.  Uses the same login information as your library account.  If you haven't yet set a password for your library account, do this before checking out items in Overdrive.

Journals/Magazines available in full text through Discovery

Finding items in the library
Browse items in the library:
  • BR:  Christianity
  • BS:  The Bible
  • BT:  Doctrinal Theology
  • BV:  Practical Theology
  • BX:  Christian Denominations
Search the library catalog -- Examples:
Quick Links
  • MLC Library Website: Information about the library and its resources.
  • MLC Help Site:  Help with passwords, Moodle, and more.
  • DiscoveryOne-stop source for digital library resources. 
  • MLC Catalog: Books in the MLC Library.
  • TdS CatalogArea public libraries--request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 3-5 days.  
  • MNLINK: Minnesota libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 5-10 days.
  • ILL (interlibrary loan): Items that you can't find in MLC, TdS, or MNLINK, usually arrive in 1-3 weeks.

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Library Staff
Library Phone Number:  507-233-9131

Jan NassJan Nass
Databases, Magazines and Journals, Reserves, Website
nassja@mlc-wels.edu

 

Liz WesselLiz Wessel
Curriculum Library, Makerspace, Checkouts, Fines and Bills, Lost Items
wesselea@mlc-wels.edu

 

Grace BasesGrace Bases
Catalog Records, Call Numbers, Interlibrary Loan
basesgm@mlc-wels.edu


 

Linda KramerLinda Kramer
Library Director, Selecting Materials, Research Help, Reference, Children's Literature
kramerlm@mlc-wels.edu