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Vatican II: Search

A Research Guide and Bibliography

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Catholic Newspapers

Great primary source material can be found in Catholic newspapers published during the time the Council was taking place. Click the logo above to see full text from a number of Catholic newspapers from the period of Vatican II.

Another way to get to newspaper content contemporaneous with the Council is:

The Catholic Newspapers Program

Find Articles

Find Articles

There are a number of databases that will be particularly helpful for finding magazine and journal articles on Vatican II. Check to see if your local library can access them.

  • ATLA Religion Database
  • Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
  • ProQuest Religion
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature Retrospective, 1890-1982

For articles from contemporary open access journals search:

Search the Portal

Search the Catholic Portal

All of the preset Portal searches on this page use Library of Congress Subject Headings. Most libraries in the United States use these same subject headings, so you can use them in your local catalog to find materials in your library on topics related to Vatican II.

Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations

The most comprehensive resource for finding dissertations is:

  • ProQuest Theses & Dissertations

Check to see if your local library can access this.

Good sources for open access theses and dissertations are: