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Can I use Wikipedia?
Wikipedia can be used in the beginning stages of research to get an overview of a topic, but should never be cited as an authoritative source in scholarly work. If you use Wikipedia, you must verify the obtained information using other authoritative resources.
Can I Use Google?
Google is a natural starting point for information search, but not always a good path for scholarly research. Here is a good overview of its strengths and weaknesses.
Evaluating Internet Information
Questions for evaluating a website:
1. WHO is hosting this information? Who is the intended audience?
2. WHY has this website been created? What is the underlying agenda?
3. WHEN was the site created? When was it last updated?
4. WHAT is the source for the content? Is proper attribution given?
5. WHERE is the site located? Does the geography have an impact on the site and its contents?
Vatican site with searchable biblical text and commentaries.
A corpus of about 400,000 biblical references from Biblia Patristica. This is a free online index of biblical references found in Jewish and Christian literature, as well as in Western and Eastern texts of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
Catholic Answers: Faith Tracts
Catholic Answers' new website is reorganized and offers the same information available from Fathers Know Best.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Early Church Fathers
This website offers full-text writings of the Fathers (Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene) in translation.
Despite the fact that their writings are all available for free online, many people have not taken the time to educate themselves on what the Church Fathers have taught. This website is meant to serve as a tool to help people do just that. The quotes on this site were adopted from Jimmy Akin's book The Fathers Know Best.
Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum
Free online resource that seeks to catalog the entire body of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century.
Early Christian Writings
This website offers the full text of early Christian writings from the first, second, and third centuries. The writings are listed in chronological order (as determined by the author of the website) and include the original language when possible.
The Ecole Initiative
This website is a hypertext encyclopedia of early church history. The encyclopedia includes a glossary with short articles on specific topics, long articles on major topics and figures, and a chronological timeline with a geographical cross-index.
Internet Christian Library: Guide to Early Church Documents
This website links to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.
New Advent Catholic Supersite: Fathers of the Church
This website offers articles on the church fathers and their work and writings.
Use this custom Google search to locate articles concerning religious studies published in over 350 open access journals.