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Biblical Studies

Resources for the study of Christianity and Biblical Literature

About Scholarly Web

There is useful (accurate) information to be found on the Internet, if you know where and how to look.  Google and Wikipedia aren't always helpful or accurate.

This page will help you:

  • Find Internet sources that have been screened by scholars in religious studies
  • Evaluate Internet sources for yourself
  • Use tools such as LibX, Google Scholar, the Internet Archive.

Don't forget to ask a librarian if you need help—we use the Web all the time!

Scholarly or Popular? Tips for evaluating websites

The Internet is loaded with helpful resources, but remember to evaluate all information with these standards in mind:

  1. Purpose:  Does the level of discourse and presentation indicate that this is a scholarly site?
  2. Authority:  Is the author/creator a recognized expert in the field?  What are the academic credentials?
  3. Accuracy:  Are there obvious errors in content, grammar, spelling?
  4. Bias:  Is the presentation balanced with differing points of view and respectful tone?
  5. Timeliness:  When was the site last updated?

Wesleyan / Nazarene Sources

      Wesley Center for Applied Theology
NNU's very own online center dedicated to understanding Wesleyanism, the Holiness movement and biblical studies.  Check out the Bible resources.

     Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library
The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library is a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.

Other Search Engines

Is your search engine really the best?  Perhaps you can do better!

See the Checklist for Evaluating Search Engines (from UC Berkley)

Try these new search interfaces, clustering engines, and suggestors or natural language searching:

  • Compare the Engines
  • Bing
    --uses results ranking by human evaluators
  • Exalead
    --some use of semantic search
    --some 'deep web' search
  • Yahoo
    --traditional and topical searching
  • Yebol
    --clustered results
    --page ranking by humans and algorithms
  • Wolfram|Alpha
    --computational search engine
    --great for stats, estimates, etc.