Setting up a VPN on your computer

If you are a staff member or student at the University of Edinburgh, you can use your online ID to access various electronic resources provided by the University. This page will teach you how to set up a VPN on your computer so that these resources are available to you even when you are away.


Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG®) is based at the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1972 the TLG has already collected and digitized most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present.


Online Unicode Bibles

This page on the University of Edinburgh website has various links that will direct the user to useful original text and language tools.


Unicode on Bible Software for Mac & Windows

Unicode fonts help different users to maintain the same characters across various devices, platforms, and programs. It is a way that characters (especially in non-english languages) are standardized and thus appear correctly regardless of what computer or program is using them.


Using Unicode Fonts for Biblical Studies on Mac & Windows

Both of these guides are for using unicode fonts specifically for Biblical studies.  For a list of downloadable unicode fonts specifically designed for languages in Biblical Studies click here


Evernote

An excellent, cloud based, note taking utility. Evernote’s own site describes it as a tool that “makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.”


Mellel

A word processing program for Mac that handles multiple fonts (including right to left fonts) very well. Mellel’s site describes it as “is a powerful, reliable word processor, and a long time favorite with writers and scholars, for long document writing.”


Bookends

A reference management program that works well with Mellel. Bookends is a CNET Editor’s Pick and a MacUpdate featured app, with 4-5 star user reviews.


Zotero

A reference management program (for Mac, PC, and Linux) which is cloud-based. Described on their site as “the only research tool that automatically senses content, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.”


Endnote

The most popular reference management described on their site as a tool that “enables you to move seamlessly through your research process with flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing your research, creating your bibliography and writing your paper. You’ll save hours building and maintaining reference libraries and creating bibliographies. With unique features to maximize your time like automatically finding full text and updating records, EndNote lets you spend less time in the details.”


iFlash

A flashcard program for Mac OS and iOS. According to their site, iFlash “includes many great features to help you study. You can record audio and attach images directly into any flash card, create an infinite number of card sides, use categories, print your cards, quickly search, and more.”


Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

A place to view high resolution pictures of six of the most important manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Many important works throughout the history of the church in English. Many have PDFs which are downloadable.


PhdData.org

Among other things, PhdData.org is a database of current doctoral dissertation yet unpublished. This can be used to ensure there is not duplication of dissertation work at different institutions.


SBL Style Handbook

Downloadable guide for the SBL citation style.


Open Cultures Free Online Course List

A list put together by Open Culture of hundreds of free online courses, many of which come from top tier universities.


Google Scholar

An online tool created by google which can be used to search for academic resources as well as see a list of other resources that site them.


Google Books

An online tool that permits the user to read entire books (if they are no longer protected by copyright) and large sections of books that are. In addition, most books can be searched (even if they are still under copyright).


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