The Creation-Evolution Literature Database was established in
2001 in response to the need for a freely-available computerized
database of literature pertaining to the creation/evolution
controversy. The goal of CELD is to archive every periodical
ever published about the creation/evolution or religion/science debate.
CELD is now maintained by Core Academy of Science, with sponsorship from Is Genesis History?.
What's in CELD? Although the main goal is to archive
young-earth creationist literature, CELD also maintains indices for
periodicals covering progressive creationism (e.g. RTB's Facts for
Faith), theistic evolution (e.g. Science and Christian
Belief), religion and science (e.g. Zygon), and
Biblical archaeology (e.g. Bible and Spade). We also
have some historically-interesting publications, such as the
Bulletin of the Deluge Geology Society and the Journal of
the Transactions of the Victoria Institute. Our present database
consists of publications from 1873 to the present. Additionally, CELD
contains several titles, such as Cryptozoology, that pertain only peripherally to the creation/evolution debate.
How are these materials archived? CELD policy is to record the
full citation for every published item, including an 'abstract.' For most
articles, the CELD abstract is identical to the abstract published
with the article. For items without published abstracts (editorials,
book reviews, notes, letters), we record the first paragraph for long
pieces or the first sentence for shorter ones. The only exception to
this is when the opening paragraph of an item is an extended quote, in
which case we record the first block of text after the quote. Note
also that items that are exclusively quoted or excerpted from
other sources (e.g. "Quotable Quotes") are generally excluded from
CELD. Because CELD is a work in progress, approximately 5% of the
references in CELD still await abstracts.