Religion Research Guide


Academic Search Premier
Multidiscipline academic database.  Lots of full-text.

ATLA Full Text Plus
The ATLA Religion database with full text added. Indexes citations to journals, essays in multiauthor works, book reviews, and doctor of ministry projects.  Search by scripture passage, using the Scripture Citation field (standard search options are available too).  You can find articles, book chapters, essays and more.    Tutorial videos

Christian Periodical Index
English language articles and reviews from an evangelical perspective.

Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (ATLA)
Images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.

Dissertations (WorldCat Dissertations via Summit)

Global Church Project
Filmed interviews, small group resources, curriculum, etc. that explore topics regarding global theology, and world Christianity and missional practices from the perspective of church leaders from non-Western cultures. 

Google Scholar
Broad array of scholarly literature.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Six Oxford editions of the Bible, with commentary, reference material, maps and other tools.  Oxford's Bible scholarship, integrated into a single resource. 

Oxford Handbooks in Religion
Scholars' research and the latest thinking in a range of major topics in religion. Containing specially-commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students. (2 simultaneous user limit)

Oxford Reference Online: Religion & Philosophy

ProQuest Religion
Religious affairs and religious thinking from top periodicals, most with full text.

Religion and Philosophy Collection
Covers world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Religious and Theological Abstracts
Abtracts of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of religion and theology.


Theological Journals Search
Search over 300 religion journals related to scripture studies, systematic theology, practical ministries, and cognate disciplines for which full text is freely available on the Internet. Among the searchable ejournals are many of those listed in major religion Internet directories and ejournal sites including:

  • DOAJ Religion
  • Wabash Center

Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)
Access to over 20,000 dissertations and theses from 135 institutions, plus many conference proceedings.

Database tips & tools

Search by scripture passage on ATLAS Full Text Plus 

You can search by scripture passage in the ATLA database. 

There are two methods:

  1. Browse:
    Select the "Scriptures" link in the top navigation bar.  Drill down to the passage by book, chapter and verse.
  2. Search:
    Enter the verse(s) you want in the search box.  Change the dropdown to "SC Scripture Citation", and hit the Search button

scripture search in ATLA

Here are examples of the format to use when entering a scripture reference in the browse box:

Web resources
The site to answer questions such as "How many Mennonites are in Tahiti? How many Buddhists are in Montana?"

The ARDA: Association of Religious Data Archives
Intended to democratize access to the best data on religion.

Biblia Clerus
This site managed by the Roman Catholic Church offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis.

Bodleian and Vatican Manuscripts

Early Bibles and other Greek and Hebrew manuscripts from the Vatican and Bodleian libraries.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Classic Christian writings full text online, including the Church Fathers.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
This site selectively indexes thousands of journal articles, articles in collections, and chapters in books from primary and secondary sources in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, offering worldwide coverage of Jewish studies and the land of Israel.

IndoChina 1911
Digitized periodical articles and archival documents pertaining to Protestant missions in Indochina.
The Institute for Christian Studies

Into His Own: Perspective on the World of Jesus
The world in which Jesus lived was a cosmopolitan cross-section of cultures, beliefs, and languages. This site offers a window into that complex milieu. The primary documents contained here are organized according to political climate, social climate, intellectual climate, and cultural climate.

Online Critical Pseudepigraphao
The Online Critical Pseudepigrapha provides on-line, free-access to the critical texts of the Pseudepigrapha which are up-to-date and academically rigorous.

Past Masters:  Aristotle  |  Augustine
Full text of key writings by influential figures in the humanities.

Resources for American Christianity
Interviews, study guides, essays, newsletters, descriptions of projects, and citations and abstracts for books and articles. The research topics include church leadership, congregations, ethics, racial and ethnic communities, theological education, and worship.

SoundTheology: Religion Audio Archive
Faith-related historic audio programs from many faith traditions

Theological Commons
Digital library of 50,022 books on theology and religion.

Wabash Center Guide to Internet Resources for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Primo. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.

Athanasius, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria

Bible. O.T. Ezra -- Commentaries

Bible. N.T. Acts -- Commentaries

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

Subclass BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
Subclass BM Judaism
Subclass BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
Subclass BQ Buddhism
Subclass BR Christianity
Subclass BS The Bible
Subclass BT Doctrinal Theology
Subclass BV Practical Theology
Subclass BX Christian Denominations