Core Sources for D.Min. Research
This subject guide provides tools & hints that will be useful throughout your studies at United Lutheran Seminary. 
Each tab provides insights into finding information from the library catalog, the open web, and the various other tools the library provides you.
Keeping Track of Your Resarch
There are several useful, freely-available tools to help you manage your research projects. If you start using one of these tools early in your studies, they will become invaluable when it's time to write your dissertation.
  • Zotero  is freely-available web app and desktop software for all stages of your research. It allows you to group your references and downloaded articles around your own topic areas with your own notes so that you can then come back use them in your projects. 
  • Microsoft Office has tools integrated in Word that allows you to cite articles and build a bibliography. While some people find it useful, it makes many mistakes that are hard to fix.
  • eTurabian  offers easy fill-in forms for accurately formatting footnotes.
While these tools can simplify some of your work, it's still important for you to know how cite, format, and build a bibliography manually, as these tools will make mistakes, particularly when they import citations into the database and when presenting the final format in Microsoft Word. 
Citation & Reference Tools
We recommend that you purchase the 7th edition (or newer) of A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian) at the beginning of your studies at ULS so that you can refer to it every time you are completing a research paper.

If you need to cite something more complex, you can also refer to Chicago Manual of Style Online , as Turabian is a simplified version of Chicago.  
Finding Books
Searching the library's book catalog (ECCO) can sometimes be a challenge, as it was designed in a different era. ECCO includes the print collections in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, as well as the print collection at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in South Carolina. At this point, the catalog does not include our ebooks, but we hope to resolve that soon.

Fortunately, you can find all our books (print and e) inside of WorldCat Books . WorldCat also shows you what other libraries own a title, and if you live near either campus, you may want to visit one of our partner libraries in person. Books found in ECCO or WorldCat can be delivered to your local campus (or, in some cases, to your home--ask us for more info).

eBook Collections
Search the catalog (ECCO)
 
Need help searching the catalog? Click here.
Search WorldCat
Finding Articles
Your research will involve looking through a mountain of books and article to help verify, clarify, or interpret your project. The library provides you with access to over 5,000 scholarly journals through various databases. On this page is a currated collection of those databases, to assist you in your research. 
Finding a particular journal
Have a citation and need to find the full text? There are two ways to find it. First, you can search our ejournal collection by the title of the journal. It will provide you with a link to get to the full text.

If you do not find it there, search the local catalog (ECCO) for the title. Please note that you'll want to change the "All Fields" box to "Journal Title."If it appears we still don't have what you want, you can always fill out an interlibrary loan request and we can get the article to you in less than week.

General Scholarship
One general-purpose library database is available to students, which contain the full text of journals in nearly all fields of research, from Archaeology to Zoology.
  • JSTOR  includes the full text of over 600 journals, beginning with their first issues (many do not have full text of the current one to five years available, but are indexed).
Biblical Studies Scholarship
The following databases contain indexing, abstracts, and/or full text of journals focused on the study of the Bible.
Religion Scholarship
The following databases contain indexing, abstracts, and/or full text of journals focused on the study of religion.
Researching History
The library has purchased a collection of over 5,000 periodicals, fully indexed & digitized for reading online. This collection covers the 17th thru the beginning of the 20th century. We've broken the collection up by areas of interest so that you may more easily find content connecting to your research. To search the full set, use the following link. To search a subset, browse the rest of this page.
The Arts
Life in the past
Finding the numbers

Since the early days of religion in North America, denominational and missionary groups have collected data on their membership and activities. Throughout the 20th and 21st century, the sociological study of religion has led to further and more nuanced research into religious beliefs, customs, and communities in the United States. The ARDA has compiled much of this research, but denominationally-specific data can more likely be found on a denomination's own website (or archives).

For instance, the ELCA gathers data at the congregational, synodical, regional, and national level. The Lutheran World Federation compiles national statistics, as does the World Council of Churches. If you're having difficulty finding information about a particular denomination, contact the librarian for more help.

Governmental Statistics
Religion Data
Finding Dissertations
When developing a research project, it can be useful to look at the work others may have done to give you suggestions on how to approach methodology or context for your work.
Research in Ministry & WorldCat Dissertations are the best starting places to perform this kind of search. 
Dissertations & Theses databases