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An Initial Introduction to Theology & Religion Resources: Getting Started

Introductory guide to theological methods and resources.

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library


Located on St. Paul's South Campus, Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library is the graduate theology library of UST and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. It serves seminarians and lay students in graduate and continuing education programs, UST undergraduates, and archdiocesan parish professionals. Click on blue hyperlink below.

Call Number Ranges

The following are the general areas for various religious studies. 

  • BJ   Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
  • BM  Judaism
  • BP  Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
  • BQ  Buddhism
  • BR  Christianity
  • BS  The Bible
  • BT  Doctrinal Theology
  • BV  Practical Theology
  • BX  Christian Denominations

Other Subject Gudies




Theological Research Guide

This guide covers many of the most useful resources in theology and religion, with suggestions for finding backgrounds, books, and articles for your course work. The emphasis in this guide is on Christian theology, and more specifically on Catholic theology. Use the tabs above to explore the many resources available to you.  

Remember that in the case of religion, recent publication dates do not necessarily mean that the content is "inferior" or "insignificant."

Search Summon

Summon searches many (but not all) library resources simultaneously, including CLICnet.

For more focused searches, use databases by subject or Ask a Librarian.

Introduction to CLICsearch

Learn to use CLICsearch, St. Thomas Libraries' single search discovery that allows you to find thousands of resources using a single search box.

Printing and Photocopying



Each library has black-and-white laser printers for the public computers. There are color printers at the Keffer and O'Shaughnessy-Frey Libraries. Each student has an allotment of 400 pre-paid copies or printed pages per semester.


Self-service black and white copiers are available in each library Copiers are on the print management system. To make a copy type in your ID number and the mm and dd of your birthday. All black and white copies are 10 cents per page. Express cards can be used to purchase copy cards.

Alternatives to printing

  • Save to usb drive: Many of the libraries' electronic resources let you save records to your personal storage (MyStorage or u: drive), your home computer, or other external storage devices. Some databases allow you to choose between saving in text format or html.
  • Email: Many of the libraries' electronic resources let you email search results to yourself or someone else.

Off Campus Access


Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the UST Libraries are licensed for use by the St. Thomas community ONLY.  Because of this restriction, we need to verify that anyone accessing these databases is a current member of the St. Thomas community.

Library Hours


Hours vary by Library.  Late study available at OSF Library only.

Subject Guide

Curt LeMay
Library Director / Theological Librarian
The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
Mail # IRL
Office - 101 Ireland Library
Library Liaison for Theology
Telephone: 651-962-5451
Fax: 651-962-5460
Website / Blog Page

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Defining Religion

Take a look at how different reference sources define and explain what religion is. Be sure to explore other, related articles in these encyclopedias, too.