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Theology--Important People in Church History: Getting Started

The life, contribution and influence of important figures in Church history.


You will be responsible for gathering information on your chosen Church figure using at least 3 sources (with MLA documentation) to discuss the following:

  • Basic biography 
  • Short history of the issue relevant to your person 
  • The lasting significance of the person and his or her influence on the Church today.


General reminders

1. All library resources used for this assignment are on reserve.

2. There will be a reserve cart located near the circulation desk in the library.

3. All students working on the assignment can and should help to build the reserve collection.

4. Items on reserve may be checked out overnight only (checked out at the end of the school day and returned before classes begin the next day).

5. Items may be placed on Hold using AccessIt:

a. Go to the Beatrice M. Haggerty Library Team. 

b. Click on the Library Collections channel.

c. Click on the link in the post or the Ursuline Library Catalog tab.

d. Click on the login prompt in the upper right corner and log in via SSO.

e. Search the catalog for the title you would like to place on Hold.

f. Click on the title.

g. Click on the "Make a Hold/Booking" button located on the right side of the pop-up.

h. You will be alerted via email when the item is available for check out.

Research Suggestions

  • Look for biographies about the life of your person 
  • If your person was part of a religious order, include the name of the order in your search terms
  • Keep the historical context and relevant issue and events of the time in mind when developing search terms

Choosing Search Terms