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Databases (for Bethel Users)

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 488,000 article citations from more than 1,500 journals (506 currently indexed), more than 215,000 essay citations from over 15,700 multi-author works, and more than 446,000 book review citations. This database begins in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association. (source: vendor website)
Christian Periodical Index
The Christian Periodical Index, produced by The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), is a bibliographic database that indexes articles from over 100 selected publications covering a broad range of topics. Coverage is representative of the major doctrinal positions within evangelical Christianity. (source: vendor website)
Religious & Theological Abstracts
Provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. Database lists a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages. Indexes and abstracts articles in the fields of sociology, anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology, and urban studies. Coverage also includes policy issues in areas such as aging, violence, abuse and neglect, crisis intervention, urban development, and development policy.(Source: WorldCat)

Online Resources (free to All Users)

The ARDA site disseminates information about religion in America. It is a good source for statistics and other data about the role of religion in the United States. Some data is national in nature and other data is more local--state, county, or city.
Bible Gateway
Welcome to, a free service for reading and researching scripture online-- all in the language or translation of your choice! We provide advanced searching capabilities based on keywords or scripture references, and various tools to enhance your study of the Bible. (Source: WorldCat)
This site offers several Bible tools. Tools include various commentaries, lexicons, concordances, Bible dictionaries, and general history.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is an online collection of hundres of classic Christian books. Books include works from the early church fathers to works done early in the twentieth century.
The Christian Resource Institute
Information resource from Christian Resource Institute in cooperation with Korea Nazarene University that provides Christian biblical and theological resources in Englilsh, Korean, and Spanish. Covers Bible topics, lectionary, ministry resources, theological topics, news letters, discussion forums, newsletter of CRI events, and photos. Some information available in Russian and Spanish. (Source: WorldCat)
East-West Church & Ministry Report
This English-language journal from Samford University in Alabama informs on "the status of Christianity and Western ministry in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe." Its archives begin with its founding in 1993 and are full-text searchable. (Source: WorldCat)
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
Reliable information on Anabaptist-related (Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, Brethren in Christ) topics, including history, theology, biography, institutions and local congregations. Secular topics from an Anabaptist perspective and full-text source documents are also included. (Source: Website)
The New Testament Gateway
This page and those linked to it provide resource materials related to the study of the New Testament in areas related to Greek grammar, Greek syntax, exegesis, NT textual criticism, background, etc. There is also some Septuagint (LXX) material. Some of the material is my own, the balance of it consists of links to other pages which provide specific content. It is organized topically and by Bible books. This is an on-going project that will continue to expand as I have time to search and index additional sites (unfortunately, that time is currently at a premium). (Source: website).
Noncanonical Literature
The Bible is an invaluable collection of sacred ancient texts, written and assembled over several hundreds of years by numerous authors. These texts were written to particular people living at a definite time and place who shared common experiences and knowledge. By studying similar literature that precedes and follows the biblical writings chronologically, students of the Bible are better prepared to discover the intended meaning. Apocryphal and pseudepigraphal literature was apparently intended either to supplement or supplant existing canonical literature. Many of the apocryphal gospels offer guesses as to what occurred during the so-called "missing years" of Jesus' life -- during his childhood or after his resurrection. Others attempt to provide support for later theological convictions -- both orthodox and heretical. Whether the information found in the apocryphal literature is factually correct or not is not necessarily important. These documents give interpreters valuable insight into what some Jews and Christians believed in various places at different times.
This gateway links to Internet tools, organizations' sites, and bibliographic resources related to the ancient Mediterranean world and Near East. Okeanos ... focuses on fields that touch on earliest times: Assyriology, Egyptology, the classics, and biblical and Jewish studies, with an emphsasis on textual and archaeological approaches. (Source: Choice, 43. July/ August 2006. p. 1960)
Online Bibles and Bible Study Tools
We created this website to provide a free resource to read and study the Bible online in many different languages and forms. We currently offer 32 translations of the Bible as well as a online Bible study tool and Bible search tools. We will be adding new translations and other free Bible study tools in the near future. (Source: Website)
Unbound Bible
The unbound Bible is a collection of searchable Bibles consisting of: 10 English versions including the NASB, Greek and Hebrew versions (the original Bible languages), 4 ancient versions & 42 versions in other languages. (Source: WorldCat)
Wesley Center Online
Offers a list of works by and about English religious leader John Wesley (1702-1791), the founder of the Methodist Church. Provides access to sites about Wesley and electronic publications of works by Wesley and related clergy. (Source: WorldCat)
World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity
The World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity is a single reference source with links to the contents of the Catholic Encyclopedia, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Torrey's Topical Textbook, and Elwell's Dictionary of Christian Theology. Looking for information on a word related to Christianity? This is a place to start. In the future, I hope to add links to other resources, such as to the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia and to relevant articles from the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Source: website)
World Wide Study Bible
Links to Internet resources on individual books of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. (Source: WorldCat)