James H. Thomason Library

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  Ministry to:
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Focus area resources:    
Curriculum   back to top






Adult foundational curriculum

Akaloo Starter Kit

Bible in Life

Bible Quest  a Bible story curriculum for all ages


Covenant People

Exploring Faith

Faith for Life [Logos Program Associates]

Faith Weaver

International Lesson Series Youth, Adult, Mature years

The Inviting Word: a lectionary-based curriculum

Kerygma Program

One Room Sunday School

Serendipity beginnings series

Serendipity youth Bible study series

Walk with Me

We Believe-God's Word for God's People

Whole People of God Lectionary curriculum

WordAction Curriculum


Christian Education activity programs

Christian Education-Textbooks for Adults

Christian Education Textbooks for Children

Sunday Schools Curricula

Vacation schools, Christian

Vacation Schools Presbyterian-Curricula


THOMCAT KEYWORD search: church curricula  


Teaching & Methods   back to top




Active Learning

Bible Childrens Use

Bible-Study and Teaching

Christian Education-Teaching Methods

Christian Education-Teacher Training



Theory & Theology   back to top

Faith Development


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Faith Development


Faith-Study And Teaching

Moral Development


THOMCAT KEYWORD phrase: "faith development"  


Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, SAGE Publications, 2006.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.83 En19E

Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian: Adult Development and Christian Faith / James W. Fowler, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, c2000.

Upper Level: 261.83424 F829B

Stages of Faith and Religious Development: Implications for Church, Education, and Society, edited by James W. Fowler, Karl Ernst Nipkow, Friedrich Schweitzer, New York : Crossroad, 1991.

Upper Level: 248 St13S



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THOMCAT searches:

Theorist as AUTHOR-  

Foster, Charles R. 1937 [Chuck]

Freire, Paulo 1921

Hooks, Bell

Wimberly, Anne Streaty 1936



Theorist as SUBJECT-

Freire, Paulo 1921
Hooks, Bell



Leadership   back to top


Christian Education Directors

Christian leadership

Church Controversies

Leadership-Moral And Ethical Aspects

Leadership-Religious Aspects

Leadership-Religious Aspects-Christianity

Multiculturalism-Religious Aspects-Christianity

Women in Christianity 

Women Clergy  

Women Clergy-United States 


Living the Vision, Becoming a Multicultural Church, Sara J. Parker, Louisville, KY : Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2005.

Lower Level: CE 305.8 P228L  [+ DVD]


Ministry to Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults, Families   back to top
Children   back to top


Christian Education Of Children 

Christian Education Of Preschool Children

Christian Education-Textbooks for Children

Church Work With Children

Cognitive Styles In Children

Pastoral Counseling of a variety of groups including children

VBS-Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta


Ministry to Youth   back to top






Christian Education of teenagers 

Christian Education of young people

Church group work with youth

Church work with youth  

Church work with teenagers

Church youth workers

Mass media and youth -- United States


"youth ministry"

Diving Deep : Experiencing Jesus through Spiritual Disciplines, Amy Simpson, Loveland, Colo.: Group Pub., c2002.

Lower Level: CE 268.433 Si58D [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, SAGE Publications, 2006.

Main Level, Reference:  R 200.83 En19E


Ministry to Young Adults   back to top



Church work with young adults

Young adults-Religious life

Young adults-United States-Social networks

Urban tribes: a generation redefines friendship, family, and commitment, Ethan Waters,

New York: Bloomsbury: Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2003.

Upper Level: 305.242 W344U           


Ministry to Adults   back to top



Christian Education of adults
Christian Education-Textbooks For Adults
Church work with older people


Christian Living in the Mature Years, Nashville: Adingdon Press.

Lower Level: CE 248 In8I L:3

A quarterly periodical devoted to this stage of life.


Ministry to Families   back to top


Church work with families

Church Work with People with Disabilities

Parenting-Religious Aspects-Christianity

Divorce-Religious Aspects-Christianity


For your Children: Creating Communities of Faith in our Families, Martha Bettis Gee, Louisville, KY : Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, c2005.

Lower Level: CE 306.85 G27F

Living into the body of Christ: toward full inclusion of people with disabilities, Louisville, KY: Office of the General Assembly, 2006.

Lower Level:  CE 268.402594 P92L

Different members, one body: welcoming the diversity of abilities in God's family, edited by Sharon Kutz-Mellem, Louisville, Kentucky: Witherspoon Press, c1998.      

Lower Level: CE 268.402594 K969D    


FIND Library Materials:

Print Reference Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

Core Religious Education print titles:

Encyclopedia of Religion, Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E [15 vols]

The 2nd edition of this standard reference in the field presents a cross-cultural approach emphasizing religion's role from culture to culture.

Also available online here [Gale Virtual Reference Library] 

Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development, SAGE Publications, 2006.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.83 En19E

Also available online here [SAGE Reference]

focuses on the developmental process of religion and spirituality across the human life span. Includes short, accessible entries written by leading specialists and theorists from a wide range of disciplines and professions, both within the U.S. and internationally, to provide a broad, multidisciplinary scope.


Harper's Encyclopedia of Religious Education, Cully & Cully, eds., San Francisco: Harper & Row, c1990.

Main Level, Reference: R 268.03 H234H

Upper Level, Circulating: 268.03 H234H [2 copies]

The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Education, Westminster Press [1963].
Main Level, Reference: R 268.03 C898W

Upper Level, Circulating: 268.03 C898W

Religious Education, 1960-1993 : An Annotated Bibliography, Greenwood Press, 1995.

Main Level, Reference:  R 016.268 W971R

Combines religious education bibliographies of D. Campbell Wyckoff, formerly of Princeton Theological Seminary with book reviews in the field of CE by George Brown, Jr., Dean and professor of Christian education at Western Theological Seminary.

This bibliography is introduced by a broad survey essay which traces definitional issues in the field, and clarifies the categories used in the bibliography. Those categories include: foundations of religious education; educational theory; religious education theory; administration of religious education; program, curriculum and method; religion and the school; religion and higher education; and reference works. The bibliography also contains a name index, a subject index and a title index. While not definitive in scope, this bibliography is an excellent place from which to begin any search in the field. description of project from Resources for American Christianity, Lilly Endowment, Inc.[Lots of other projects under Education & Formation]

Additional helpful print titles:

Contemporary American Religion, Macmillan Reference USA, c2000.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.973 C767C [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience: Studies of Traditions and Movements, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.

Main Level, Reference: R 291.0973 En19E [3 vols]

The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions, Prometheus Books, 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 L587E

Holidays, Festivals, and and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Omnigraphics, 1994.

Main Level, Reference: R 394.26 T377H

Also available online here [CREDO Reference]

Details more than 1,400 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.

The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Charles Scribner's Sons, c2005.

Main Level, Reference: R 903 N42N [6 vols]

A historical dictionary of civilization and intellectual life.

Also available online here [Gale Virtual Reference Library]


The Statesman's Yearbook: The Politics, Cultures, and Economies of the World, Macmillan Publishers, Ltd. 2010.           

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference Desk: RR 305 St2 2010

Includes religion, social, economic, energy, and communications overview and statistics for countries of the world each year. Current issue is available on the Ready Reference shelf at the Reference Desk.

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, Abingdon Press, 1977-2009 .

Main Level, Reference: R 277.05 Y32Y2

A compilation of information about religious organizations in North America including descriptions of denominations, stats of church membership and finances, contact info on church leaders, denominational headquarters, listings of religious periodicals, calendar of religious holidays and festivals and more.


eReference Book Collections   back to top

Search these collections of eReference books:

Ministry Matters

A destination site for all church leaders, both paid and volunteer, interdenominational and nondenominational. The site’s goals are threefold: to equip, connect, and inspire people in ministry.

Important note: This resource is limited to 8 users at a time. If you receive an error message when accessing this resource, 8 users are already using it. Try again later if you receive this message.

Oxford Reference Online-Premium Collection
Search across all Oxford Reference Online e-books in the Premium Collection

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Oxford Companion to the Bible

The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible

SAGE eReference Collection

Includes encyclopedias related to the social sciences and social issues:

Encyclopedia of Religious & Spiritual Development

Encyclopedias of Community, ...of American Urban History, ...World Poverty, ...Politics, the Left and the Right

CREDO Reference Collection

A broad range of encyclopedias on many subjects including religion.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Reference e-books covering a variety of disciplines including the 15 volume Encyclopedia of Religion.




eReference Book Collections


Explore these individual eReference titles:


Atlas of the Bible [CREDO Reference], Andromeda, 1985.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Includes biographies of pre-eminent contemporary philosophers. Extensive coverage of rapidly developing fields. More entries on non-Western and non-European philosophy than any comparable volume. Broader coverage of continental philosophy.


Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures  [CREDO Reference], Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.

An informative guide to the myriad discrete ethnic and cultural groupings that have inhabited our planet over the past 6000 years.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.

A guide to every aspect of the Christian religion and life, including theology, patristic scholarship, churches and denominations, the church calendar and organization, and the Bible. Includes information on theologians, philosophers, painters, and musicians.



Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development [SAGE Reference], 2006.

Also available in print,Main Level, Reference: R 200.83 En19E

Encyclopedia of Religion  [GVRL] Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E [15 vols]
Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture with contributions from an international team of scholars.

A Guide to Countries of the World   [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2007.

Succinct overviews of each country covering the contemporary social, economic, religious and political issues that shape the country. It also contains vital statistics such as GDP, life expectancy, income distribution, and internet use. 


Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary  [CREDO Reference], Omnigraphics, 2005.

This reference work describes holidays, festivals, commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances from all parts of the world. The entries cover popular, ethnic, religious, and historic events of international, national, regional, and local significance.

The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas  [GVRL]

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 903 N42N [6 vols]
A historical dictionary of civilization and intellectual life
exploring the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, and many others.

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.

Gives clear and reliable guidance to all areas of philosophy and to the ideas of all notable philosophers from antiquity to the present day.


The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.

This e-book contains terms from the related fields of religion, science, and logic. Includes 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers and covers the most recent terms and concepts from Western philosophical traditions, as well as Chinese philosophy.


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  An online philosophy reference work

Most of the articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are original contributions by specialized philosophers around the internet; these are identifiable by the author's name at the foot of the article. Others are temporary, or "proto articles," and have largely been adapted from public domain sources. They are identifiable by the inclusion of the initials IEP at the close, and will in time be replaced by original articles.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  [The Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University]

A dynamic reference work in which each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are referred by the members of a distinguished editorial board before they are made public.


Biography   back to top

Gale Biography in Context  [Thomson/Gale]  
Search for a specific individual or for people meeting criteria such as nationality, ethnicity, or occupation, limit by birth and death year or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.

Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion, ABC-CLIO, c1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.82 B441E

Who's who in the New Testament, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.92 W62W2

Who's who in the Old Testament, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.92 W62W

Who's Who in the New Testament [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2002.


Who's Who in the Old Testament  [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2002.


Citation Style Manuals   back to top



Chicago/Turabian Documentation [The Writing Center @ University of Wisconsin, Madison]

PC Writing Center

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition, Turabian, Kate, University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Main Level, Ready Reference: R 808.02 T84M [3 copies in library]


Locating Books   back to top
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Hooks, Bell   [as AUTHOR

  Hooks, Bell   [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of THOMCAT & PASCAL subject headings related to Christian Education:
  Christian Education
  Christian Education-United States
  Christian Leadership
  City Churches
  Church Work with families
  Race Relations-Religious Aspects-Christianity
  Recreation in Church Work
  Religious Education
  Social Gospel
  Christian Education-United States
  Christian Leadership
  Church Work with families 100+
  Social Gospel
Note: Subjects may be narrowed by era or date, geographic area, or by material type


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
education AND theory

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group these words with parentheses:
(religious OR Christian) AND education

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or

expand a term:
religio* = religion, religious, religiosity,

· Place phrases in "quotation marks"

("religious education" OR "Christian education")

AND theory

· Use NOT to eliminate a term from your search:
Christian education NOT camp*

Beware truncating short words tax* = taxi, taxes, taxonomy

These TIPS can also be used for searching in other library catalogs
and in article databases.


eBooks back to top


EBSCO eBook Collection

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.


Book Jacket       Book Jacket


ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

  PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need additional materials that are not available at Thomason Library, try your search here to find books at other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


WorldCat & I.L.L.                                                                               back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Allow 10-14 days for items to arrive at PC. Click link for instructions.

Locating Journal Articles  
Databases   back to top

Academic Search Complete  [EBSCOhost]

The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials  [EBSCOhost] 1949 - present
A comprehensive reference database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. Contains citations from international titles and multi-author works related to the field of religion and full-text for over fifty of the six hundred journals indexed. Also includes a full range of index citations to essays in multi-author works and book reviews from ATLA print indexes.

ERIC  [EBSCOhost] 
The Educational Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources.  ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. Useful for educational psychology topics.


Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. The most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available in this archive as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR. Pamphlet collection added Spring 2009.


PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 134,000 articles from 63 journals.


Journals   back to top

British Journal of Religious Education

Peer reviewed journal focusing on religious education in county schools, curriculum, theory and practice.

Children's Ministry - print backfile only
PC holdings

Church Educator - print backfile only
PC holdings

Group: The Youth Ministry Magazine - print backfile only
PC holdings

Ideas!: for church leaders

PC holdings

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Scholarly research findings relative to every level of Christian education.

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Articles, research notes and reviews of significant scientific research on religious institutions and experience for students of religion and of social science.

Religious Education [Full text articles available through 2009]

Articles consider education in houses of worship, schools, informal programs, and institutions of higher learning involving adults, youth, children, and families. Topics addressed include educational theory, theology, and education; tradition and trends; policy and practice; models and methods; moral, value, and character education; sacred texts; and spiritual, cultural, and social issues in education.

The Sunday School Blackboard: Devoted to illustrative teaching and infant class instruction
Archives and Special Collections:  FL B1

Teaching Theology and Religion

Indexed in EBSCO ASP and GALE databases- Peer reviewed coverage of issues relating to teaching and learning in theology & religion, including: diverse styles of learning, philosophy & theology of teaching, information technology & theological teaching, & other issues in teaching and learning.


Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.


Images   back to top


Bridgeman Art Library Archive  [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artifacts and many others are featured in the collection.

ARTstor Image Database

Search the collections or browse by geographic and choose to view images from architecture to art, fashion, gardens, maps, sculpture and more.



Websites   back to top


Book of Common Worship

Book of Confessions, Part I - a searchable online version containing historical statements of what Presbyterians believe

Book of Order, Part II - use the annotated, searchable version containing the Constitution of the PC (USA)

Book of Common Worship -choose from the Month by month lectionary for Sundays and festivals or Today's daily lectionary

Christian Education

Theology, Worship, and Education

Other downloadable PCUSA resources

African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ)

Christian Education

African Methodist Episcopal (AME)

Christian Education

American Baptist

Children and Youth Ministry

Christian Education

Christian Methodist Episcopal Zion (CME)

Christian Education

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Christian Education

Episcopal Church of America:

Adult Education

Book of Common Prayer, 1979 ed.

Children's Ministries

Revised Common Lectionary

Youth Ministries

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America:

Christian Education


Life-Long Learning

Worship Resources

Youth Ministry

National Baptist Convention

Christian Education

United Methodist Church:

Book of Discipline

Christian Education Resources

Minister to People (Children’s, Youth, Young Adult & Adult Ministries)


Bible Gateway [Gospel Communications International]

A tool for reading and researching scripture online. It provides advanced searching capabilities based on keywords or scripture references, Bible translations, and various tools to enhance the study of the Bible.

oremus Bible Browser

Online concordance to the NRSV Bible.

Religion-online.org [Claremont School of Theology]

Provides full text articles and chapters from religious scholars. Topics range from theology to religious education.

Religious Resources [Susan Brumbaugh, Aphids Communications]

A comprehensive directory of Internet resources for all major religions, organized into a hierarchical directory.

Lesson Corner Puzzle Maker

Word Search Maker [teAch-nology: The Online Teacher Resource]

TeAch-nology.com offers a wide variety of free resources intended to bring educators into the world of teaching with technology.


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