Bible dictionaries are arranged in the same way that all dictionaries are arranged: alphabetically. Once you have chosen a topic or person for your project, look for it in the dictionary using the alphabet. You will find it more quickly if you skim the guide words at the very top or bottom of the page. This tells you the range of words on those particular pages.
Bible commentaries are arranged by book, chapter and verse in the same order as the Bible. In order to locate the comments/exegesis about your topic or person, you must know which section of the Bible refers to your chosen topic or person. You will probably find this information in the Bible dictionary. If not, you can use a concordance. A concordance contains an alphabetical list of words and people found in the Bible and tells you where to locate them in the Bible.
Schedule an individual consultation with a research librarian through this link. A librarian is happy to help you at any point in the research process, from helping you develop a topic for your project, to finding information, to helping with citations. Zoom or in-person available.
You can search all our databases from off campus! When selecting a database from the Library website, you’ll be prompted to enter your Assumption University email login name and password.