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Religion & Philosophy Research Guide: BIBL 410 - Genesis

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to Religion and Philosophy.


This course research guide is intended to help you with your BIBL 410 course assignments (discussion boards and interpretive questions) by providing general directions for using the library and its resources, and by pointing you to recommended resources.

The page is organized by the format of the information sources you may need:

  • Books (including dictionaries/encyclopedias and e-books)
  • Journal articles
  • Websites

There is a final section, "Citations," to assist you in correctly citing the information sources you use.

As you begin, please refer to your assignment instructions and announcements from your instructor to be certain you use the appropriate resources. You also want to be aware of materials you are not allowed to use, such as Wikipedia, blogs, etc.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional assistance.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These resources are ideal for providing an overview of key terms and concepts. Not only do they orient you to a topic, but they can also lead you to additional resources.

The Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament is only available in print; however, you can gain access to content within this resource by using the library's Interlibrary Loan service. Select articles can be scanned and delivered to you digitally. Please note: be sure to allow sufficient time to have requests processed. It can take up to several days to receive scanned documents.


Genesis Commentaries (E-Books)

To locate books and e-books on Genesis, including commentaries, click on "Books" under "Finding Resources" on the library webpage. Then click on the boxes next to "Print" and "Audiobook." The box next to "E-book" should be the only one checked.

The best approach to finding books is to isolate the authoritative subject used for your topic. Although the search "Genesis commentaries" will yield some relevant titles, using the established subject, Bible. Genesis--Commentaries in the search box will ensure you retrieve the most relevant titles. By clicking the subject link in the records, you receive similar titles. Think of the subject link as a "Get More Like This Book" feature.

As you look through the results, be on the lookout for noted scholars (Arnold, Brueggemann, Hamilton, Matthews, Waltke, Walton, etc.) and reputable publishers (B&H, Baker, Eerdmans, IVP, Zondervan, etc.).

Please note: because of publisher restrictions, immediate access to e-books is not guaranteed.

Journal Articles

The premier database for locating religious and theological journal content is Atla Database with AtlaSerials Plus. This resource has a unique search feature that can help you quickly locate relevant articles based on a Bible passage, for example: Genesis 3:15, Genesis 6:2, etc. This "drill-down" search is labeled "Scriptures" and is located in the blue ribbon at the top of the page.

This initial search can be combined with other search terms to further narrow results.

You can also limit by other factors, including:

  • Publication date by using the slider or by entering the dates in the boxes
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals by checking the box

Remember, the more you limit, the fewer your results.

To view the search pictured below, click here.

Here are a few other sample searches in Atla to help you become familiar with the database and structuring searches:


Professor Recommended Websites


Always cite your sources, whether you summarize, paraphrase, or directly quote them. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Use the links below to help you create accurate citations.

Many online resources, including Atla Religion, provide citation generators; however, these citations are machine-generated and must always be verified against the style manual.