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Postgraduate Trinity students are available to access a wide range of journal articles online in PDF format. To do this it is first neccessary to have registered at Bristol University Library (Arts and Social Sciences) and to have received a username and password. Once this has been done the easiest way to get things going is to change the proxy settings on your internet connection. This can be done for you automatically by clicking here. Once this has been done return to the bristol university library webpage and you should be asked to put in your username and password. Your computer is now setup to access online journals. There are a number of ways to find appropriate journal articles. Some students use J STore. Alternatively you can just go straight to journal websites if you know what you are looking for. ie. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Once articles have been downloaded they can be printed off. On my Apple Mac I use the free pdf software called Skim which allows you to take notes on PDFs and highlight the text.
Of the making of bibliographies there is no end. Thanks to bibliography software this task becomes signifcantly easier and less time consuming. Some people us the old favourite called EndNote which is great but is expensive. I use the free piece of software called Zotero.
Zotero requires that you have installed firefox web browser. I reccomend downloading the beta version of zotero as this allows you to sync your library on mulitiple machines and means that if your computer breaks your zotero library is safe. I highly reccomend this free piece of software. I would advise though that it better to import bibliography details from academic libraries (such as Oxford) rather than through amazon or google books.
Google Books and Google Scholar are powerful and growing websites which can be searched. They are often my first port of call when lookign for books and articles in my research area. If a book is quoted I often type the quote into google books and i can read the surrounding context of the citation.
There are a number of different options of Bible programs for the scholar. Some people prefer a free online Bible which works within your web browser. However, the best option is to download bible software onto your machine. This will allow you to use the program when not online. E-Sword is a free bible program which is pretty good (considering it is free) for general english bible searches and using it like a high speed exhaustive concordance. However, the best option (except it costs money) is to go with either Accordance (for Mac only I think), BibleWorks or Logos. Detailed review of these products can be found here. I use Logos and Trinity Students are able to receive a significant discount by going through this link . You can add books at a later stage and it is possible to buy such delights as Word Bib Commentaries, Anchor Bible Dictionary, Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, IVP Dictionaries. It can be expensive (depending on what you get) but they do have a payment plan which can spread the payment over several months for only a few extra pounds. Please see me if you would like advise, a demo or anything else.
For those with a mac I do recommend taking a look at Scrivener
Here are a few random websites which I visit. Some are better than others….
Wayne Grudem offers an mp3 course through his systematic theology.
Spotify. If you like to listen to music but don’t have money to buy CDs.
For those interested in New Perspective on Paul
Free commentary by Don Garlington on Galatians