Franklin &  Marshall College Library

HIS 174: Redemption and Politics

Secondary sources - Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and bibliographies

Secondary sources are informational resources written by individuals who were not the actual participants in the topic at hand. They may be of value to your research since they often provide greater objectivity and different perspectives as a result of the passage of time. Common secondary sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and bibliographies.
Encyclopedia Judaica
Ref Room DS102.8 .E496
Although published in 1972, this 16 volume set remains the most comprehensive, single source for an overview of Judaism. Authored by reknown Israeli scholars in the field of Judaism and Judaic Studies, it has a detailed index volume as well as bibliographies of source material at the end of articles.

The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Ref Room DS102.8 .S73 1992
Updates information found in the Encyclopedia Judaica in a single volume with numerous biographical entries. Its intention is to provide more recent information subsequent to, among other trends, the emergence of the United States as the most influential diaspora community.

Historical Dictionary of Zionism
Ref Room DS149 .M375 2000
Useful for quick overview of seminal events and important figures in the evolution of Zionism. Contains a bibliography.

Israel (World Bibliographical Series)
Ref Room DS102.95 .Z2B44 1994
A topical guide to books and other resources in Judaic Studies. Should be used early in a research assignment in case some material will need to be requested on Inter-Library Loan.

Medieval Jewish Civilzation
Ref Room DS124 .M386 2003
Useful single volume overview of this important period of Jewish history. Contains bibliographies.

New Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel
Ref Room DS149 .N56 1994
Completes as a revised, updated 2 volume compendium of research, efforts begun in the 1960's to provide a source for the initial study of Zionism as the chief political movement of "modern" Judaism. Contains bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and After the Holocaust
Ref Room DS135 .E8E45 2001
This 3 volume encyclopedia is an excellent way to gain geopgraphically focused understandings of Jewish social life and customs.

The New Encyclopedia of Judaism
Ref Room BM50 .E63 2002
With over 1,250 individual articles, the single volume encyclopedia emphasizes the liturgical aspects of Judaism as a religion and hence contains links to Biblical and other foundations of Messianic traditions.

How to find books

  • Select "Library Catalog" from the Library home page. In finding books for this class use such subject terms as "Zionism", or "messiah", or "Judaism politics", or "Israel politics" as the broad subject of your search.
  • Go to the call number locations of those books both in the stacks and the reference room. Similar books will be nearby.
  • Look at the subject headings for a book that meets your needs. Select those subject headings to find other books that are described the same way and might also be useful.

How to find journal articles

Look under "A - Z List of Resources" on the Library homepage. Scroll down to find these selections that may be the most helpful for your topic, some of which are...

A collection of abstracts and articles from over 100 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

Project Muse
Searchable access to scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Wilson Select Plus
Contains full-text articles from 800 periodicals. Covers 1994 to the present.

Religion Index (ATLA)
Comprehensive database in religious and theological scholarship. Includes index citations, journal articles, essays in multi-author works, and book reviews. Covers from 1949 to the present.

Humanities Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields. Covers 1984 to the present.

How to find Journals

Once you have a specific journal title, go to "Journals at F&M" from the library homepage and type in the title of a journal you hope to find.

Other "how to's"...

  • evaluate online resources...
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  • cite online sources...
  • cite print sources...
  • avoid plagiarism.
  • Contact Christopher Raab or Marty Gordon for further assistance or fill out a research request.

    Last updated: 9/23/04 mg