UnisaETD = University of South Africa Electronic Theses & Dissertations

I just stumbled upon UnisaETD (University of South Africa Electronic Theses & Dissertations). On this site, you can search theses and dissertations originating at Unisa. It’s a great supplement to Proquest’s Digital Dissertation Abstracts* and the British Library’s EThOS. UnisaETD theses are abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts, but you must hunt down the electronic text directly through UnisaETD.

There’s one major quirk to UnisaETD, however. You MUST use Internet Explorer to navigate through the site.

*The full-text version of Proquest’s Digital Dissertation Abstracts is available through the Boston Public Library for those in Massachusetts who qualify for an eCard. How’s that for your tax dollars at work? ūüėČ

Search Biblia Patristica Online

Excellent news! Ben Blackwell at the Dunelm Road notes in a recent post that the index of patristic biblical citations & allusions found in the 7 volume Biblia Patristica is searchable online through BIBLindex!

As Ben notes, the search interface is not terribly user-friendly, but who cares? It beats flipping through pages any day. Check out his post for information on using this resource.

In case you’re wondering, here’s a little bit of information on the Biblia Patristica series (as explained by Ben):

Seven volumes have been published to date, along with a supplementary volume for biblical references in Philo of Alexandria, who served as an exegetical model for many patristic authors.  The entries do not distinguish between quotations and allusions, and criteria for the latter are rather loose. (Began in 1975, latest volume in 2000.)

  • Volume 1:¬†beginnings of extracanonical Christian literature up to Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian.
  • Volume 2:¬†Third century, apart from Origen.
  • Volume 3: Origen
  • Volume 4:¬†Fourth century, includes¬†Eusebius of Caesarea, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Epiphanius of Salamis.
  • Volume 5: covers Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Amphilochius of Iconium.
  • Volume 6:¬†Latin writers, Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose of Milan, and the Ambrosiaster.
  • Volume 7:¬†Didymus the Blind.

If this post excites you, you’ll want to read Ben’s earlier post on Patristic Biblical Citations.

Thanks, Ben, for blogging on this!

Online Research at the Boston Public Library

Are you studying in Massachusetts? Well, I’ve got some good news for you.

Students and residents in Massachusetts can sign up with the Boston Public Library for a library card. Besides allowing borrowing privileges, this card gives access to many of the electronic databases to which the BPL subscribes, including JSTOR, the ATLA Religion Database, PSYCinfo, and the full-text version of Dissertation Abstracts.

A potential patron does not need to be a resident of Boston, and the patron does not even have to be an official Massachusetts resident ‚Äď they can be a student studying in Massachusetts with declared residency in another state.

Just to make things easier, the BPL also offers an ‚ÄúeCard‚ÄĚ for those who do not intend to borrow books, but use the online resources. You do not have to travel to the BPL to obtain one of these cards, you can simply sign up at the library‚Äôs web site (see the ‚ÄúRegister for a Library Card Online‚ÄĚ link in the center column on their home page (www.bpl.org).

If you have any questions about this service, visit their F.A.Q. page.

It’s great to see our Massachusetts tax dollars at work on something useful!