Selected Digital Reference Works and Databases


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Selected digital reference works
(musicology and theology)

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology
[Online replacement for the Dictionary of Hymnology: Origin and History of Christian Hymns and Hymnwriters of All Ages and Nations produced by J. Julian in 1892; more than 5700 entries; subscription barrier]

Oxford Music Online
[Gateway to Grove Music Online [containing the 2nd print edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 29 vols., published in 2001 as well as online updates and additions], The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music; subscription barrier]

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart Online
[Contains the 2nd print edition of MGG, 26 vols., published by Bärenreiter / Metzler from 1994 to 2008, as well as online updates and additions. In German, yet with Google Translate add-on (incl. Amharic); subscription barrier]

Freedman, D.N. (general ed.). The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. 6 vols. Yale: Yale University Press, 1992. [Digital version available through Logos Bible Software; with costs]

Lexham Bible Dictionary, 2016ff.
[Digital resource with more than 7000 articles; included in the free Logos Basic Bible Software and other Faithlife products (then with costs)]

Religion Past and Present Online
[Contains the English print version of the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 14 vols., published by Brill from 2006 to 2013; subscription barrier]

Bibliographic databases (theology)

Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne
In addition to the usual options, BiBIL also offers search criteria such as biblical references, Hebrew terms, Greek terms, etc.

Index Theologicus
“The new IxTheo is a comprehensive bibliography for theology and religious studies. It is now possible to search not only for articles, but also for [open access] monographs, databases and relevant Internet links.” A search for persons/corporations was introduced recently.

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