The Wiggin Library is here to support the study of liberal religion in general and Unitarian Universalism in particular. In addition to extensive print and database access, our librarians can connect you with many other digital and print resources. This page provides an overview of our most used digital reference resources available to community users. If you are a current graduate student, click here to access the more extensive resource available to you. If you are an alum of Meadville Lombard, click here.
Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible.
SBL Central is a research platform to support participants in the entire interdisciplinary ecosystem of biblical, religious, and theological studies, including scholars, students, publishers, publishing associations, and libraries and their institutions. While material found on SBL Central cannot be accessed directly from the SBL search, Wiggin Library most likely can provide access to through our library collection and digital resources.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary is a complete, up-to-date, and accessible guide for the study of the Bible available today. Perfect for church Bible study groups, home schools, high schools, colleges, or personal study, this edition contains all the important names, places, and subjects that make Bible study come to life, including the patriarchs, judges, kings, and prophets, and the world of the New Testament and the early church. Other significant topics include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Library, the archaeology of the biblical world, and the history of the English Bible. The condensed HarperCollins Bible Dictionary includes over 3,000 lively, informative, and easy-to-use entries, a helpful pronunciation guide , maps, informative charts, graphs, timelines, photos and illustrations. (Description from publisher)
Dictionary of Nature Imagery in the Bible is targeted at biblical scholars and students of Bible world wide. The Dictionary further gives professionals in the various fields of life & natural sciences and ecology in general access to the use of nature imagery in the literary texts of the Bible. The corpus for DNI Bible is mainly the Hebrew Bible, although Second Temple literature and the New Testament are also addressed.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) organizes the work of scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work. Each individual entry is created and maintained by scholars in the field. While not explicitly about theology, many theologians and theological concepts are addressed in the SEP.
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) provides quantitative data about religious practice. It also includes specific features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers to understand this data. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world.