Biblical Archaeology

What is Archaeology? From the Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
What is Biblical Archaeology?
Archaeology and Religion background reading
Archaeology in the Middle East background reading.
The Biblical Archaeology Society



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The Biblical Archaeology Review journal is available in the Current Periodicals section on the Lower Level.

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Anthrosource. This provides citations and texts for articles in the professional journals and newsletters of the American Anthropological Association. Look at the top right side for the journal citation search feature. Those who are members of the AAA can log in and retrieve the full-text of the articles.

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Premier/Complete. [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.


The Annual Review of Anthropology. Index of citations only. The paper copies are in the Library's General circulating collection with the call number of: GN 1 .A 623, from volume 1 on. Some full-text articles are also available in the Academic Search Complete database in the previous section of this list of databases.

The Anthropological Index of the Royal Anthropological Institute. This is a free index of citations, but there are no full-text articles connected to the citations. No COD Library Card needed for this service.

Anthropology Book Reviews database (ARD).

Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

JSTOR: Scholarly Journals Archive of Older Issues.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Project MUSE. An archive of older articles from scholarly journals.

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How to Read a Research Study Article.




Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

.....Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites. Reference BL 580 .W 55 1996
.....Atlas of the Bible. Print atlases can be found at the BS 630 [Bible Studies] and the G 2230 call number areas in both the Reference and General circulating collections.
.....Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 60 .B 34 2000
.....Historical Atlas of Jerusalem. General DS 109.9 .B 455 2002
.....Historical Atlas of the Middle East. General G 2206 .S 1 F 7 1993

* Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. Reference DS 111 .A 2 A 73 2001
*Daily Life in Biblical Times. General DS 425 .A 953 1965
*Daily Life in the New Testament. General BR 165 .E 76 2008
*Digging through the Bible : Understanding Biblical People, Places, and Controversies through Archaeology. General BS 621 .F 736 2009
*Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity. Reference BR 66.5 .D 5813 2014
* Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 58 .E 53 1999
*Encyclopedia of Religion. Reference BL 31 .E 46 2005
*Encyclopedia of Sacred Places. Reference BL 580 .B 76 2011
*The Holy Land : An Oxford Archaeological Guide : From Earliest Times to 1700. General DS 111 .M 8 1998
*The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land. General DS 111.A 2 E 5813 1993
*The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology. Reference BS 622 .N 48 1983
* The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. Reference DS 56 .O 9 1997
*The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology.