Answered By: Jeremy McGinniss
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2023     Views: 2064

To locate sources on the effects of the fall of the western empire on the church, please complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the main library website at
  2. To the right, under Databases by Subject select Browse All Databases.
  3. On the A-Z Databases page, select the letter A.
  4. In the list that comes up select the link to ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.
  5. Once in the database, notice the three search bars located in the top left section of the page. Above the three search bars select Choose Databases.
  6. Two columns should appear. Please select ATLA Religion Database, ATLASerials, Christian Periodical Index, Historical Abstracts, Philosophers Index with Full Text, and Religion and Philosophy Collection. Then select Ok.
  7. From here, you may want to try different search terms. Try terms like Rome OR “western empire” AND fall AND church. You might want to search key figures or events related to the topic as well. The following is an article that lists the effects of the fall of Rome on Christianity. However, this is not a scholarly article, so DON’T use it as your article. But using the information it contains can help you find a suitable detail which you could then use as search terms. So, the article talks about Christians needing to evangelize the barbaric tribes. You could then use this information to find articles such as this one.
  8. Once the results come up, look on the left under Source Types select Academic Journal.

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