Useful Writing Guidelines
- Citation Style Guide: Use the Turabian/Chicago citation style. Tyndale students have access to the complete Chicago Manual of Style (also The Chicago Style Quick Guide), especially ch. 14 (highly recommended; see also other web resources). Essay sample page here by Dr. James Pedlar.
- For citing scripture texts (Tyndale password req'd: Chicago Manual of Style 10.46 to 10.51 and 14.253 to 14.254), see also Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) Handbook of Style, 2nd ed. (Tyndale ebook; Hendrickson, 2014; 1st edition here, 1999; similar to Chicago/Turabian) and SBL Student Supplement; Abbreviations for Bible Translations and Theological Journals; also here; see also TRE (limited preview); Abbreviations for Bible (Chicago).
- Writing and research skills: The Craft of Research (Tyndale password req'd; highly recommended), Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, 3rd ed. (University of Chicago, 2008); also: Reading, Writing, ... Research (D. Koeller; especially helpful for work in Church History and Theology); Suggestions on Essay Writing (Telford Work); How to Write a Book Review (Queen's; see also L. Johns, Suggestions). See further resources at the Tyndale Writing Centre site.
- Gender inclusive language: See Tyndale policy with examples; see also the Chicago Manual of Style on Gender Neutrality (Tyndale password req'd).
- Writing Style: See Strunk's classic Elements of Style (See also the Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation)
- Guidelines for written work: See MTS Brief Guidelines for Written Work and the Research and Writing Guide.
- Oxford English Dictionary Online (click; Tyndale password req'd)
- Click for other Tyndale Web Resources for Academic Writing from the Tyndale Centre for Academic Excellence. Please feel encouraged to contact the Centre for writing assistance.
- Tyndale University College and Seminary Library
- University of Toronto Libraries
- Library of Congress
- University of Tübingen Library (most comprehensive theology collection in Europe)
- OpenLibrary.org /Archives.org
- Use www.WorldCat.org to find related materials not on Google Books, and to locate hardcopies in libraries near you.
- Tyndale online periodical database (For Tyndale community only; Suggested: ATLA Religion database; EBSCOhost; Academic Search Premier; JSTOR).
- List of Tyndale's academic ejournals (selected for Seminary students) with full-text articles for download
- Index Theologicus (Theological Journal Search Engine of the University of Tübingen; searches many journals not included in the ATLA database above)
- Directory of Open Access Journals -Religion, Lund University
- Electronic Journals Library, Religion and Theology, Univ. of Regensburg
- Theological Journals Search on the WWW. (Search over 340 religion journals related to scripture studies, systematic theology, practical ministries, and cognate disciplines for which full text is freely available on the Internet.)
- Google Advanced Scholar Search (Note: many of the journal articles this search tool finds are available to you free via Tyndale's eJournals)
- Free Theological Journals on the Web
- Theology Related Periodicals -Homepages; also Religious Studies Web Guide
- PDF Search Engine
- Tyndale ebooks (see also Tyndale's Gale Virtual Reference Library database)
- Library and Archives Canada (electronic theses /dissertations - Canadian)
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (open access postgraduate thesis/ dissertations); DART-European E-Thesis Portal.
- OpenLibrary.org / Archive.org
Tyndale's Online Reading Rooms
- For discipline & course specific resources for theology, see Tyndale's Reading Rooms
Bibliographic Management Tools
- Zotero is "a free, easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the Web browser itself." The Zotero add-on is an easy way to collect references when using the Firefox Web browser.
Academic eAudio Books
- Limited number of MP3 downloads; sample: N.T. Wright, Henri Nouwen, Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis, Augustine, Dorothy Day, Brother Lawrence and others.
Searching on the Internet
(The following good advice comes from Yale University Divinity Library) "Care must be taken in searching for information on the Internet. Unlike both the print resources found in the library and the electronic databases provided by the library, freely available Internet resources have not necessarily been published by reputable academic publishers nor have they been selected by librarians with expertise in their subject area. Nearly anything can be posted on a website, and just because it is available online does not mean it is valid or authoritative. However, this does not mean that you cannot find good resources on the Internet; the key to doing so is to carefully evaluate what you find on the web. If you use web resources, be sure to ask these questions:
- Who is the author of the Web site? Are the author's credentials listed?
- What institution or organization is behind the Web site?
- When was the Web site created or last updated?
- Who is the intended audience for the Web site?
- Is the information provided objective or biased?
- How does information provided by the site compare to other works, including print works?"
Take these fun and very useful tutorials for developing your skills at evaluating and identifying authoritative resources in the Internet:
Canadian Denominations and Church Press
- Canadian Church Press Links (read and search denominational magazines and periodicals; links to Canadian Church denominations)
- Christian Careers Canada
- Cooperative Digital Resources - ATLA
- Biblical Art on the WWW
- Art in the Christian Tradition; linked to the Revised Common Lectionary
- Gallery of Christian Art
- Textweek (Artwork indexed by Biblical/liturgical subjects)
- Olga's Gallery: comprehensive online art collection (including religious art)
- Web-Museum of Fine Art
- Art History Resources on the Web
- Wikimedia Commons (Media file repository)
- Eikon: Image Database for Biblical Studies (Yale; some restrictions)
- Digital Scriptorium, Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
- OpenBible.info's Photos of Bible Places (using GoogleMaps & Flickr)
- Ancient Maps of Jerusalem
- Highway Media Ministry Videos
- Israel Yesterday and Today (photos of Israel/Palestine)
- Movie Theology: Reviews and Resources
- The Text this Week (lectionary, scripture studies, worship resources)
- CyberHymnal and Lutheran Hymns (classical hymns as mp3 and MIDI files)
- Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals
- Sites devoted to Worship and Liturgy.
- Online Etymology Dictionary
This page is maintained by Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, PhD