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Church Documents: Getting Started

Locating documents of the Roman Catholic Church.


This guide provides a number of useful resources. Use the tabs above to explore these resources.

  • Finding Books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
  • Finding Articles--good places to start when searching for journal articles
  • Websites--links to websites that may provide supplementary material

Keep in mind though that access to official documents is increasing rapidly via the Web; some cataloged in LibrarySearch, many found via Google and other search engines.  And, try searching Google Books as well.

Note: Many of the databases listed in this guide are limited to use by members of  The University of St. Thomas community (faculty, staff and students). If you are using the guide off-campus, it will ask for a brief login to identify yourself as a member of The University of St. Thomas community before you can use these resources.

Further Sources

For further sources you may also consider using the Library Research Guides below.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


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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.