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Christianity : Books


This guide is designed to help you find books, videos, articles, websites and podcasts for use in the study of Christianity.  If you need additional help, please contact the Religious Studies librarian, Ken Orenic, or stop by the Library Reference Desk. You can also get help from our reference services page.  

The COD Library provides access to a host of resources, including print books, eBooks, and databases that are available for online use. You'll need your COD MyAccess username and password to access online materials.  

Create an I-Share account to access books from over 80 academic libraries located throughout Illinois.  Books can be picked up at the COD Library Circulation Desk.  You'll get an email letting you know when the book is available for pickup.   


According to Harvard Divinity School's Religious Literacy Project, Christianity is a worldwide religious tradition with diverse representations, beliefs and practices. But its common source is one: the life, the teachings, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus. 

Christianity is comprised of three major streams, including Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christian Churches, Protestantism movements. This guide provides links to several reference works that deal with multiple aspects of Christianity. To find books and articles on a specific tradition, search the Library's book catalog or article databases using the name of the religion. For example, search for Lutheran or Episcopalian.

Bible Resources

Central to many of these traditions are the Old and New Testaments. Click on the following links to find Encyclopedias, Concordances and Dictionaries.
Old Testament
New Testament

eBooks - How to Find and Use Them

Check out this video to learn how to find and access eBooks using the COD Catalog.

Reference Sources

Electronic Reference

Print Reference Books

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