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Patristics: Finding books

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Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more

Sample topic searches

Use these links for some sample searches on the catalogue which use the following search terms:

  • Church Fathers
  • Patristics
  • Salvation church
  • Early church
  • Early Christian thought
  • Nicene fathers
  • Look at the Refine by limits.

  • Note how you can refine your search results by language and other limits

  • Have a think about other topics/themes that you want to explore and run some searches for those.

  • You will be able to try all sorts of different keywords as you learn more about the works of the early church fathers as you move through your module.

Take a look at ...

A range of different titles are flagged here. 

There are many more available to you, so do use Library Search to discover lots more content. Click on the book covers for access / location.

Check your module readings in ELE for recommended titles

Books available via the internet

You can search the internet to find relevant books.

The Hathi Trust holds many relevant digitised texts.

Take a look and search for works by some of the Fathers you are interested in. For example:


  • Not all the books on Hathi are accessible in full text
  • Where books are subject to copyright you will only be able to view bibliographic details and conduct limited searches
  • You can choose to search for materials available in Full View Only format - use the checkbox


Finding books

  • To support your studies for this module you will want to look at primary texts and secondary sources such as journal commentaries, research monographs and/or reference works. 

  • You can find all these materials using Library Search. Some materials are available in the original language, and others in English translation.


  • Use the Language limits to target English or Latin or Greek materials
  • Also take a look at the Writings of the Fathers tab where the primary source maerials are highlighted for ease of reference. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the primary sources amongst works of commentary when searching for relevant materials.

You can search for works by and about the Church Fathers

As well as topic searching, you will find it useful to search and view catalogue results for the Church Fathers you are studying.  Just enter their name into the Library Search box.

Try some searching of your own using some of the key authors for your module. You'll find a quick list below

Key Writers

  • Ambrose of Milan
  • Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Basil of Caesarea
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Cyprian of Carthage
  • Gregory of Nyssa
  • Ignatius of Antioch
  • Jerome
  • John Chrysostom
  • Justin Martyr
  • Origen
  • Priscillian of Avila
  • The Acts of the Council of Gangra
  • Tertullian

Book Series

Searching the internet for books

Google Book Search
Google Scholar Search
What is the difference between Google Books and Google Scholar?  
  • Both services are search engines which crawl the web for materials.

  • The focus of the Books service is book materials and dissertations. Copyright free material will be available to view in full, other titles will be available in bibliographic format only with some limited search functionality.

  • The focus of the Scholar service is journal articles and you will be linked to publisher sites and open access materials.  You can configure the Scholar settings so that you are linked through to the full text of journal titles that are accessible to you through the University. You can discover some book series titles, particularly annual volume series titles

  • Take a look at the Making the most of Google Scholar guide for guidance on adjusting the settings of this search engine. By adjusting your settings you will give yourself the best chance of finding full text materials when searching on Google Scholar.

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