General Resources and Databases

On-Line Resources


This is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.  Search thousands of libraries for book titles, journal titles, media titles and more.  If the NOBTS libraries do not have an item you need, you may be able to request the item via InterLibrary Loan.

The NTSLibrary

Online Christian Library --  A Theological Virtual Library of Choice by Bible Students & Scholars

Open Access Digital Theological Library

The mission of Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is to curate high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections. 

Loeb Classical Library Online

Passkeys for access to this database are available for NOBTS students and faculty at the main circulation desk.  James Loeb founded the Loeb Classical Library in 1911 ... to make the work of classical authors accessible to as many readers as possible—regardless of their knowledge of Greek or Latin—so they could profit from the wisdom of the ancients that had enriched his life so much ... The authors in the Loeb Classical Library span eighteen centuries and every genre. The digital Loeb Classical Library continues the historic mission of making all that is important in Greek and Latin literature available to readers anywhere in the world—with accurate, literate, English translations.

GALE Reference

Gale Cengage Learning -- Access the GALE Virtual Reference Collection full-text of articles available. database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. Fully searchable across all files.  Accessible only from campus network (no remote access at this point).

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

Oxford Index

The Index is designed to help you begin your research journey by providing a single, convenient search portal for trusted scholarship from Oxford and our partners, and then point you to the most relevant related materials – from journal articles to scholarly monographs.

Tyndale House

Tyndale House provides links to biblical studies resources.

Wabash Center Resources

A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion,

ORU Theological Journals (many open access)

Access to online theological journals -- many open access.

Index Theologicus

The new IxTheo is a comprehensive bibliography for theology and religious studies. It is now possible to search not only for articles, but also for monographs, databases and relevant Internet links. A selection of review journals is now also included. When the relevant licenses permit it, it is possible to access directly the complete text of the articles, reviews and books.  The new IxTheo remains a free and open access service to the worldwide scholarly community. The editors of the IxTheo are the Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen (library of the university of Tübingen) as well as the Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät Tübingen (the protestant faculty of theology of the university of Tübingen) and the Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät Tübingen (the catholic faculty of theology of the same university).

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.  MORE on how to use Google Scholar
          Search diverse sources from one convenient place
          Find papers, abstracts and citations
          Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
          Learn about key papers in any area of research


A digital project of Tufts University containing classical, Renaissance, and other documents.

Spanish materials available here including theological titles. As an archive, many materials are dated, but still useful.


The European Library offers free access to the combined resources of the national libraries of Europe.


Part of the SUNCAT website, here is a number of other union catalogs, special collections, and databases across Europe.

Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts

From the National Library of the Netherlands a searchable catalog (with images) of illuminated manuscripts.

Famous Quotes & Authors

Introduces people to quotations and sayings from famous authors, poets, artists, politicians and others.

The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

A free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea

Orion Dead Sea Scrolls Database

Provides many resources for the study of the Scrolls, as well as information about the Center's activities and programs. 

Project Muse

MUSE currently includes 391,614 articles and 948,636 chapters by 256 publishers

Patristic Texts

via CUA; links to texts in Latin and Greek

Jonathan Edwards Center (Trinity)

Cetner exists to promote and serve the conversation unfolding on Jonathan Edwards, America’s preeminent pastor, theologian, and philosopher.

Jonathan Edwards Center (Yale)

Works online, sermon index, etc.

World Cultures

Contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords.

Liddell-Scott-Jones Online

a standard lexicographical work of the Ancient Greek language

Patrologia Latina

Jacques Paul Migne ; Patrologiae Cursus Completus. Latina.

Patrologia Graeca

Jacques Paul Migne ; Patrologiae Cursus Completus. Graeca.

Solomon Database

SBC IMB (International Mission Board) database.

J. I. Packer's Puritan Collection

The John Richard Allison Library in Vancouver has now made available their entire rare Puritan collection to be read online for free. There are currently 80 Puritan authors in their collection, many of whose works were digitized from J. I. Packer’s private library.  Entries are listed in this blog.

LibGuide for Denominations

This overview of denominations in the United States was created to serve the needs of Louisville Seminary students who wish to visit churches outside their own traditions, and to help them as they move into ministry and agency positions where they will need to be able to speak intelligently and respectfully with pastors and co-workers of other faith traditions.  This is a work in progress.

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

Worldwide center for the study of Baptist history.

American Baptist Historical Society

Archive and historical interpreter of a major religious denomination — American Baptist Churches USA ... also serves as the Baptist historical society of America, collecting documents from many different Baptist denominations in North America and around the world. 


ArchiveGrid includes over four million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

Calvinism Resources Database

Provides bibliographic information for articles, essays, and lectures produced from the 16th century to the present which deal with John Calvin and 16th century Calvinism.

Corpus Thomisticum

Aims to provide scholars with a set of instruments of research on Thomas Aquinas, freely available via Internet. 


Online Resources for the Study of Rabbinic Literature.

Desiring God

John Piper's sermon manuscripts.


Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company and is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture.

The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives)

Strives to democratize access to the best data on religion.

World Religions and Spiritualities Project

The World Religions & Spirituality Project (WRSP) was established in 2010 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The mission of the WRSP is to provide objective, reliable and comprehensive information about the world's diverse array of religious and spiritual groups. The central feature of the WRSP website is, therefore, profiles of contemporary religious and spiritual movements, established world religions, and historical religious and spiritual movements. 

Religious Landscape Study (Pew Research Center)

The 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study is based on telephone interviews with more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states. The first was conducted in 2007, also with a telephone survey of more than 35,000 Americans.  This interactive tool complements the first and second releases; the first report focuses on the changing religious composition of the U.S. and the demographic characteristics of U.S. religious groups, while the second report looks at religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political views for the U.S. adult population overall and for specific religious traditions.

Library Resoruces for Korean Students

NUmber of online resources for Korean studies and Korean students

CD ROM Database Resources

These databases are accessible only in the library.

  • CetoDoc - Includes Latin writings of the early Church and the Church Fathers
  • National Geographic & Map Supplements
  • Global Mapping International 20:21 Library
  • Global Mapping International Global Ministry Mapping System
  • IMB (International Mission Board) Status of Global Evangelization Tool Kit
  • Operation World Plus
  • Target the Nations Unreached People Groups Database
  • World Population Atlas
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