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Merging the bibliographies of RHE and ETL, Index religiosus Brepolis is accessible via the website Brepolis. The Index Religiosus allows for faster and more complex queries than the paper version.
The Index Religiosus endeavours to become the international reference bibliography for academic publications in Theology and Religious Studies. It covers publications written in various European languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, etc.) and is the result of collaboration between the Catholic University of Louvain and the KU Leuven, which are both recognized internationally for their excellence in the field of theology and Religious Studies.
The new bibliography begins from the basis of two existing bibliographies: the bibliography of the Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique and the Elenchus Bibliographicus from the journal Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. These two tools are internationally recognized as essential working instruments for theology and Religious Studies.
From January 2014 onwards, the printed version of the bibliography of the Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique and the Elenchus Bibliographicus will no longer be available. These printed bibliographies will be replaced by the Index Religiosus.
Thus the Index Religiosus already consists of some 600,000 bibliographic and 123,000 review references for January 2015. About 185,000 records will be added during the period 2014-2015, including two annual updates of 20,000 records in total, as well as older material.
The Index Religiosus covers the full range of disciplines in theology and Canon Law: History of theology, History of Religions, Old and New Testaments, Fundamental and Dogmatic theology, Sacramentology and Liturgy, Moral and Pastoral theology, and Canon Law.
All aspects of Church History are also widely covered: Institutions; Orders; Congregations; Influential Figures; Hagiography; Political, Social and Economic History; Archaeology; Art History; Music; Architecture; Relations with Islam and Judaism; and more, which makes the IR a tool of the first order for all manner of disciplines.
The bibliographic notes of the Index Religiosus benefit from a rich thesaurus comprised of 20,000 key words. From 2014, new records will be indexed by a unique classification system. Previous entries (taken from the Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique and Elenchus Bibliographicus) will be searchable not only via their own specific classification system but also together, thanks to an underlying interconnectivity between them.
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