Useful Articles in Festschrifts and Multi-author Books
The articles on this page will lead you to useful articles in Festschrifts and Multi-author books.
FESTSCHRIFTS AND MULTI-AUTHOR BOOKS
A festscrift is a book that is a collection of articles written to honor a professor as he approaches retirement age. A multi-author book is similar to a festscrift except that it is not written to honor someone. It is simply a collection of articles by different authors about a general topic. Many festscrifts and multi-author books are published every year. For a more complete discussion, see the links on this page to festschrifts and multi-author works.
Articles in multi-author works and festscrifts can be found in the same way. If you have a relationship with a seminary, you can search the ATLA-Religion database. It will list articles in journals, festschriften, and multi-author books. If you are not a student, faculty, or staff in a school that pays for the ATLA-Religion database, you can visit a seminary and ask if you can use the Religion Index Two books. They will probably be on the reference shelves for anyone to use. Be sure to call the library first to see if they are available for use.
RELIGION INDEX TWO
If you visit a Christian college or seminary library, it may be possible to use the American Theological Library Association's bibliographies and then either read or photocopy articles in the library. In general, copyright law allows people to make one copy of an article for private use (although there may still be a seven year limit on how long they can be held). Copyright law forbids making more than one copy, and it forbids selling copies or doing anything that would limit the ability of the copyright holder to make money selling his product. So Christian colleges and seminaries do not normally mind if you photocopy articles for your own use. Almost all schools have photocopiers available, and the going rate is usually ten cents a page. I have seen copiers from five cents a page to seventeen cents a page, but ten cents is the usual figure.
OK, how do you find articles in the library? About ten years ago, ATLA put their database on CD and then online. Before then, ATLA published Religion Index One for journal articles and Religion Index Two for articles in festshrifts and multi-author works. Many schools still have Religion Index Two on their reference shelves and will allow you to use the books. ATLA stopped printing the books several years ago, so only older sources will be indexed in the printed books. Schools are not allowed by contract to let you use the online ATLA-Religion database which would make the same search far easier. To find articles on a subject, you have to check each annual volume back to 1948 in both volumes. That's a lot of work. That is why the online database has become so popular. It is vastly easier to use if you have a relationship with a school that purchases the database Some schools make access to ATLAS available to their alumni for a fee. If you attended a Christian college or seminary in the past, it is worth calling the school, asking for the library, and asking the librarian about alumni access.
Before driving to any seminary library to use RIT, call the school and ask the librarian if they still have Religion Index Two in printed volumes. Ask them also if you would be allowed to use them. They may be in the stacks, or they may be in the librarians office.
Another approach would be to go to worldcat.org online. Then do a search for Religion Index Two. That will lead you to the libraries in your area that carry the books. Then call the library to see if they still have to books. Many libraries weed their collections at least once a year and remove books that are no longer needed.
Copyright © 2009 Dr. Rodger Dalman