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Getting Started with Judaic Studies: Getting Started with Research

Guides to Judaic Studies Subjects

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This guide is intended to facilitate all aspects of research and teaching in Judaic Studies. The Yale library has extensive opportunities for the study of the Judaism including history, religion, culture and languages.  We have resources here such as Yiddish song sheets in the Music Library, DVDs from Israel, Europe and America, microfilms of books and journals, and of course books.  You will find in the guide references to primary and secondary sources in the university's own collections and links to subscriptions to external sources. Although by no means a comprehensive list of resources available, this guide assembles selected documents and collections that may be of particular interest to students and researchers working on a wide range of subjects in Judaic Studies.

Major Resources

Search in ORBIS for Hebrew materials by typing your query in Hebrew characters or use Eglish characters to transliterate the Hebrew according to Library of Congress rules as indicated on the following chart: Romanization of Hebrew alphabet

Online Resources: 

  • Oxford Bibliographies -- Guide to Jewish Studies published by Oxford Bibliographies Online. Subjects are listed alphabetically.

Academic Search Premier -- A scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database for many of Yale's journal subscriptions, with indexing and abstracts for many more, covering nearly every area of academic study.

WorldCat -- A resource of over 1 billion records of books and other materials held in more than 10,000 academic, public, special and national libraries around the world. Use WorldCat to locate materials outside of Yale, in almost any area of study, or to locate items in specific libraries and research collections.

Google Scholar -- Searches academic publishers, professional societies and pre-print archives. If Yale has purchased full-text electronic access, a link to the full-text appears with the search result.

Jewish Virtual Library

The Jewish Virtual Library (JVL) is your source for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism. The JVL currently has more than 16,000 articles and 7,000 images.

The JVL is not just an historical archive - it is also the place to find talking points and factual analysis on the most important news stories.  Entries will be updated and added as new data is received. In addition, more articles, pictures, maps, charts and other materials are being added regularly. 

Judaic Studies Reading Room, 335B Sterling Memorial Library

Judaic Studies Reading Room

Hours:  The room is open during library hours except for when it is used for seminars or meetings.