The purpose of this research guide is to provide an introduction to the basic resources and sources for the study of the writings and teachings of the Fathers of the Church and the Patristic Age. As such, it lists the major introductions and handbooks to the patristic literature, the monumental sets containing the texts of the Fathers in the original language, the major series of translations of the Fathers into English, as well as other resources, dictionaries and tools that illuminate the writings, doctrinal teachings, theological disputes, heresies and controversies of the first eight centuries of the Christian church.
Recent official church documents and news releases can frequently be found on the Vatican website or that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Other sites may contain documents or information about the Catholic Church, but attention must be paid to the source, currency, and accuracy.
These guides provide general historical information and sources.
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