This guide is a place to begin your research on the cultural and material history of the Christian Bible. For a more wide-ranging guide to research, see Tools of The Trade: A Library Starter Kit for Harvard Freshmen. For information on using Houghton Library's Reading Room, see Houghton Library: A Student's Guide.
Primary sources, like the books and manuscripts you are consulting at Houghton, or objects you are studying at the Harvard Art Museums, are sources that were created during the time under study. Secondary sources, like journal articles or encyclopedia entries interpret and analyze primary sources. As you begin researching your objects, try the following starting points: