Biblical Commentary in Research Databases

Open New Testament Abstracts advanced search screen

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This tutorial will facilitate your discovery of how to find biblical commentary in two research databases, Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts.

The databases function identically and so a researcher who has experience using one can transfer those skills to the other seamlessly.

This is the advanced search screen in New Testament Abstracts. It is where we will start our search for commentary.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Old and New Testament Abstracts both provide a special kind of searching that can make finding biblical commentary easier. It is called Scripture Searching.

Click on Scriptures in the maroon bar at the top of the screen.

Let's look for commentary on the Beatitudes which are found in Matthew, chapter 5, verses 3 through 12.

Type Matthew 5 into the text box. Click Browse.

The database has taken us into the Scripture Index at Matthew 5. Beneath Matthew 5 we see a verse-level breakdown of the chapter in alpha-numeric order.

Scroll ahead to Matthew 5:3, moving to the next page until it comes into view in the Scripture Index.

Mark the box beside Matthew 5:3. In addition, mark all of the other boxes that start with Matthew 5:3 (including Matthew 5:3-10, Matthew 5:3-11, and more).

Return to the top of the page and click Search.

The results list shows me the total number of items contained in the database that have been identified as being about Matthew 5:3 through Matthew 5:12 or some portion of it.

Hover the mouse over the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the results list. The window that appears provides a preview of the item's detailed record.

Each item on the results list has a detailed record, accessible by clicking on the blue item title. Click on the first item title to view its detailed record.

Notice the Scripture Citation portion of the detailed record; the presence of this citation explains why this item appears on the results list.

Use the FIND IT @ LOYOLA button to open the library catalog and locate the full text in the library's print and digital collections.

The catalog will provide links into the interlibrary loan system when full text is not available in Loyola University Chicago's library collections.

If the scripture passage you are looking for commentary on is from the Old Testament, follow these exact steps but in Old Testament Abstracts instead.

Congratulations! You've completed the Biblical Commentary in Research Databases tutorial.

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