Last spring with funding received by the Lilly Endowment, we added a terrific new database to our library collection – The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture – part of the Cambridge Collections Online database series.
The database is an e-book collection of the Cambridge Companions series – a wonderful introductory resource to many great theologians, philosophers, significant ideas and cultural studies. We have many of these same volumes in print in the Stamps Library, but this now makes the books more widely accessible to our APU community as often the print copies are checked out. The Companions series are secondary works that include essays by top scholars and reflect on the individual or subject with biographical materials, thematic essays, and marvelous bibliographies. If you are starting a research project and would like recommendations of the best books on your topic, this is an excellent place to look.
Individual essays in the books (and there are hundreds of them) can be searched easily. I have discovered when I have searched on a topic (such as “hope”) that often I have discovered my topic in volumes I would not have guessed. After my summer visit to Oxford, I looked up “John Wesley and Oxford” and found 43 essays! Of course, you can always select the book on a single author, or topic that you have an interest in, as well. The books appear alphabetically with an icon and link. New titles are added quarterly – the most recent addition (July 2012) is The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture.
You can get to our databases by going to the APU Library homepage, clicking on “All databases” and then for this collection, selecting the letter “C” and “Cambridge Companions: Philosophy, Religion, Culture.”