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Project Information Legacy

Project Information Literacy is a national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age.


Rails

Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS) is an IMLS-funded research project designed to investigate an analytic rubric approach to information literacy assessment in higher education. The RAILS project is intended to help academic librarians and disciplinary faculty assess information literacy outcomes.

 

Archaeology and Texts


Biblical Archaeology Society

Bringing the Ancient world to life


ATLA Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

Focuses on "visual materials, including digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, and manuscripts."


Dead Sea Scrolls Online

The first comprehensive online collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. Includes the War Scroll, the Commentary on Habbakkuk, Temple Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, and the Great Isaiah scroll.


Internet Sacred Text Archive

This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Large collections of American, Pacific, African, Asian, and other traditional people's religion, spiritual practices, mythology, and folklore and eyewitness accounts of religious practices by Western explorers.


Perseus Digital Library

A electronic resources relating to the ancient world, comprising scholarly essays, maps, more than15,000 images, original language texts, translations, and philological tools. The works of more than 40 authors are provided, including Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Cicero, Homer, Horace, Livy, Ovid, Plato, Plutarch, Sophocles, Thucydides, Vergil, and Xenophon. The library has parallel Greek-English translations.


UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

This website provides an encyclopedia on ancient Egyptian history and culture with peer-reviewed articles from the world's leading Egyptologists, archaeologists, linguists, art historians, geologists, and others.


The Orion Center

The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature


The Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations.


ETANA

Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archive

 

General Bible Studies


The Unbound Bible

A Bible study tool put out by Biola University.


E-Sword is free Bible study software for download. 
Study Light.org

This practical, authoritative, and complete classic reference encyclopedia explains every significant word in the Bible and Apocrypha. It gives detailed information on the language and literature of Bible lands, and the historical and religious environments of the people of the Bible in articles by nearly 200 scholars.


Religion online

More than 6,000 articles and chapters about myriad topics. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions, and Religious Education.


Research in Ministry

An online MARC Catalog by the American Theological Library Association.


Encyclopedia of Religion and Society

The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary encyclopedia on the intersection of religion and society.


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

This Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia is a peer-reviewed encyclopedia of Religion and Science. These articles were written Europeans from a Catholic perspective.


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is a dynamic, peer-reviewed encyclopedia of philosophy.


WorldCat

The ultimate bibliographic research tool. WorldCat links the library catalogs of over 10,000 libraries globally to search for books by title, author, subject, etc. WorldCat is a premier resource for discovering all available books on a particular topic.


Theology on the Web

"To make high quality theological freely material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries." A semi-contained set of seven cross-linked websites, some of which are still under development, that hold large, organized and accessible bibliographies for articles and books on various subjects. Some of which are freely available.

 

Theological Research


Bible Bulletin Board

Provides access to sermons and expositions of John MacArthur, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, and others. Sermon index by Biblical books.


Biblegateway.com

The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online allowing the user to read passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference. Over 50 languages and 100 versions are represented on this site.


Blue Letter Bible

Provides Bible texts in English (8 translations), Greek (including the Septuagint), Hebrew, and Latin. Includes the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge as well as commentaries, hymns, maps, etc.


ePlace

Created by Asbury Seminary is a digital collection of research and writing managed by the B.L. Fisher Library. ePlace is designed to promote the open access of material from the Wesleyan and Holiness traditions to be shared with a global audience.


Linked Word Project

From Bob Jones University, this ongoing project has "every word in the Bible linked to its lexical meaning. Every verb is linked to the parsing of the original language."


Old Testament Gateway

The Old Testament Gateway is a comprehensive, annotated, academic directory of internet sites on the Old Testament.


Welcome to The New Testament Gateway

The award winning web directory of internet resources on the New Testament. Browse or search annotated links on everything connected with the academic study of the New Testament and Christian Origins.

 

The Wesley Center Online website is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.


Puritan’s Mind 

Theology Network exists to equip you with top quality theological resources- both articles and audio talks. We believe that Christian theology is the most exciting thing possible since it’s simply about knowing God better.


Center of Theological Inquiry

An independent academic center committed to fostering theological research, founded in 1978 and associated with Princeton Theological Seminary. The Center provides residence for scholars carrying out theological research, conducts research groups, holds periodic conferences, and offers a series of public lectures once a year.


Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics

The CRTA is dedicated to providing biblically sound online resources for the edification of God's people. The Center is committed to the system of doctrine known as Calvinism, which we see to be the most biblically faithful systematization of the Bible's teachings. The Owner is a Reformed Christian committed to a strict subscriptionist view of the Westminster Standards, yet many of the articles on this site represent a wider view of the Faith. Please use discretion in all that you read here -- and everywhere else too.


Fire and Ice

This is a fairly impressive collection of puritan and reformed writings.

 

Church History


Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms

A survey of creeds and confessions from the Apostles' Creed to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978).


Creeds of Christendom

An extensive list of ancient to modern creeds put together by a Presbyterian minister who wanted to have a web site that had a one-stop place for creeds and confession for his as well as other denominations.


e-Catena: Compiled Allusions to the NT in the Ante-Nicene Fathers

A compilation of catenae, from the Latin for "chains" or "links, of Scripture cross-references by medieval scholars. Possibly the most comprehensive catena in existence, it has 12,517 cross-references.


Hall of Church History.

Theology from a bunch of dead guys. Christian Classic Ethereal Library. Bringing Christian Classics to life. Christian Cyclopedia edited by Erwin Lueker has served thousands of students, church professionals, and lay persons as a one-volume compendium of historical and theological data, ranging from ancient figures to contemporary events.


Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans.

Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live.

 

Counseling and Social Resources


American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality


American Psychological Association Current Research in Social Psychology (CRISP) is a peer reviewed, electronic journal publishing theoretically driven, empirical research in major areas of social psychology.

Publication is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Iowa, which provides free access to its contents. Authors retain copyright for their work.


Counseling Today a publication of the American Counseling Association. 

Hebrew Language


Navigating the Bible II

A translation help site with emphasis on the weekly synagogue readings.

 

Journals


Theology Today

Founded in 1944 at Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology Today is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of Christian theology, whose contributors include both emerging and established scholars.


Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the second largest online repository of open access journals. The DOAJ only indexes journals that are peer-reviewed. The DOAJ includes 81 journals in religion and 164 in philosophy.


Journal of Biblical Counseling

A biblically-based journal of counseling with a focus on discipleship. Current issue free to access, there is a charge for archived issues.


Sojourners

From the publishers of Sojourner Magazine that brings the same social justice perspective that is found in the magazine.


The Christian Century

Continuing the mission of linking Christian faith and contemporary life, this is the free on line version that is trimmed down from the printed magazine.


First Things

Published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.


NC LIVE

NC LIVE provides access to breadth of databases and resources in current events, history, health information, education, and psychology. With a public library card, students can find resources for college-level research: encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, e-books, and electronic media.


Religious Studies Web Guide

This list is focused on journals supporting academic research, particularly in Religious Studies.


Grace Evangelical Society Journal

Demography and Statistics


Association of Religion Data Archives

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the largest database of religious statistics. Data includes state, national, and global data on religious adherence, attitudes, and affiliations with religious bodies.


Pluralism Project

The Pluralism Project was developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities. This site offers: Images of America; On Common Ground CD-ROM; World Religions in Boston On-line Version; Directory of Religious Centers On-line Database; bibliographies, syllabi, links, and other information.


Zip Skinny

ZipSkinny U.S. Census demographic data by zip code-very easy to use.


The Association of Religion Data Archives

Provides religious profiles for demographics in the US.

 

Missions Resources


History of Religion

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the worlds most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds?


Missiology.org

A site dedicated to providing resources for mission education.


Missions Dictionary

A Dictionary of terms used in the mission’s field from missiology.org


CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


MisLinks

A link based site for the purpose of redirecting people to the mission resources they need.


Mission Frontiers

Mission Frontiers is a bi-monthly magazine of the U.S. Center for World Mission. Mission Frontiers has been in circulation since 1979, providing our subscribers with innovative insights on a wide range of topics from the most creative minds and well-known thought leaders in missiology.


Mission News Network

Mission Network News is a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.


GMI

GMI is an international team of evangelical research, GIS and IT professionals passionate about informing, equipping, and connecting the Church for more appropriate and effective mission.

 

Church Leadership Resources


Christian Ethics Today

The Christian Ethics Today Foundation publishes Christian Ethics Today in order to provide laypersons, educators, and ministers with a resource for understanding and responding in a faithful Christian manner to moral and ethical issues that are of concern to contemporary Christians, to the church, and to society.


Courageous Leadership

Since 1998, Courageous Leadership has set out to change the quality of leadership practiced by the senior leaders of some of America’s top companies. Ten years of partnering with more than 10,000 leaders has proven that the right solutions can and have empowered our partners to create world-class organizations, team practices, personal mastery, and a life worth living.


The Ken Blanchard Companies

Drs. Ken and Marjorie Blanchard incorporated The Ken Blanchard Companies in 1979 with three simple goals—to make a difference in people’s lives, to drive human worth and effectiveness in the workplace, and to help each organization we work with become the provider, employer, and investment of choice.


Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) offers what no one else can: an exclusive focus on leadership education and research and unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations everywhere.


Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.


Leadership Journal

Online version of Christianity Today's Leadership Journal.


Bible Gateway

The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online -- all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.


Preaching Magazine

Homepage for the Preaching Magazine, it has additional resources for shepherding to your flock.


smallgroups.com

More than 50,000 small-group leaders and pastors trust SmallGroups.com to provide high-quality, relevant, and multi-model resources that will make their groups more effective by supporting, training, equipping, and inspiring them.


The Text This Week

This site features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary* cycle. The purpose of this website is to provide links to resources for study, reflection and liturgy which correspond to the RCL readings you may be using for study, teaching & preaching.


Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), located at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an interdisciplinary study and ministry center that promotes the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond.


Sermon Illustrations

Part of the eSermons.com group, it does not require a subscription for accessing the illustration list.

 

Music Resources


Duke University Historic American Sheet Music

A repository of American sheet music including 3042 pieces from Duke University published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.


Name That Hymn

A website where one can search hymns by lyric, view lyrics for popular hymns, and listen to MIDI files of popular hymns.


Hymn Tune Index

The HTI database contains all hymn tunes printed anywhere in the world with English-language texts up to 1820, and their publication history up to that date.


Net Hymnal

A Hymn site on the web, featuring over 10,000 Christian hymns, Author Bios, Composer Biographies, Hymn Histories and Gospel songs from many denominations.


The Cyber Hymnal

This site has over 9,600 Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations & languages. We have lyrics, sheet music, audio, pictures, biographies, history, & more.


Hymn Site

An online United Methodist hymnal. psalter, common lectionary, and supplement.


Hymnary.org

An online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike. One can search or browse hymns by title, tune, meter, key, scripture reference, and more.


Oremus Hymnal

Index of The New English Hymnal, 1986 with MIDI files for most songs.


The Hymn Society

Founded in 1922, The Hymn Society was formerly known as The Hymn Society of America, but the name of the organization was changed in 1991 to The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The site contains information about hymn research and compiles historical facts about hymns.

 

Adult Educational Resources


GetEducated.com

GetEducated.com is a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings along the dimensions that matter most to online students themselves: affordability and credibility.


infed.org

infed was established in 1995 at the YMCA George Williams College, London as an open and not-for-profit site. Put together by a small group of educators, it is now accessed over 6 million times a year. Its aim is to provide a space for people to explore the theory and practice of informal education, social action and lifelong learning.

Educational Resources


Wabash Center

The Wabash Center supports teachers of religion and theology in higher education through meetings and workshops, grants, consultants, a journal and other resources to make accessible the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Educational Video Network

Catalog for procuring educational materials.


NAPCE

North American Professors of Christian Education is an evangelical organization with a history that can be traced back to 1929.

 

Citation and Copyright Resources

Turabian Quick Guide

A concise website with some common examples of materials cited in both Parenthetical Citations-Reference List and Notes-Bibliography style. Each example is given first in bibliography style (a note [N], followed by a bibliographic entry [B]) and then in reference list style (a parenthetical citation [P], followed by a reference list entry [R]).


eTurabian

This website is intended to assist one in properly citing resources according to Kate L. Turabian "A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" 7th edition, "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" 6th edition and "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" 7th edition. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for these manuals. Keep in mind that your professor may have some specific requirements and the professor is always the final authority.


Purdue Online Writing Academic Writing

These Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an established online resource that will help one with academic writing. The OWL resources range from rhetorical approaches for writing, to document organization, to sentence level work, such as clarity.


PLNU Copyright Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty, staff, and students at Point Loma Nazarene University with a basic understanding of copyright law and fair use.


plagiarism.org

Plagiarism.org is a free resource sponsored by iParadigms LLC, makers of Turnitin, WriteCheck, and iThenticate.


The Plagiarism Resource Site

Resource site run by a professor from the University of Virginia.


Circular 1

A document that specifies the basics of the copyright laws here in America.


Citation Creation

Free tool that helps you manufacture bibliography entries.


easybib

Bibliography creation website that allows MLA for free but you must pay for everything else. Additional research tools are available for the paid subscription.


Zotero

Research and citation tool to help speed up and organize your writing. Basic version is free additional storage comes with fee.


endnote

Another research and citation tool to improve writing quality. There is a basic free version or the more advanced subscribed version. Free version found here-endnotefree

 

Online Theses


EthOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

A repository of British theses.


Theses Canada-Library and Archives Canada

A repository of Canadian theses.


TREN Database

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is the largest database of theological theses, dissertations, and conference papers (over 18,000). This is pay-per-use database and many of the titles are available as PDF file for a nominal fee (usually less than $5 per title).

 

Bookstores and Publishers


AbeBooks 
Cokesbury 
Jossey-Bass 
Amazon.com 
Schmul Publishing Company 
Nazarene Publishing House 
Zondervan 

E-books


Evangelical Christian Library

An online library of topical Christian life books by well-known Christian authors, Christian fiction, and Christian biographies.


Open Library

Open Library has over 1 million e-books that may be 'borrowed' and read instantly online or on an Internet-capable device. Books that still under copyright may be read online but not downloaded. Note: The free books labeled as 'DAISY protected' are only available to the visually impaired who have obtained a special permit issued by the Library of Congress.


Princeton Theological Commons

Princeton Theological Commons is a digital library of 50,022 books on theology and religion.


Many Books

Many Books has 29,000 free e-books with an easy to navigate genre search to search by subject.


Books Online

A free online book collection from the University of Pennsylvania.


Bartleby.com

The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.


Project Gutenberg

Free E-books

 

Youth Ministry


Search Institute

‘Discovering What Kids need to Succeed"


Barefoot Ministries

Barefoot exists to provide youth workers with effective ministry tools and resources. Our deepest desire is to partner with you in guiding students into spiritual formation for the mission of God.


Youth Specialties

For nearly 40 years Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers from just about every denomination and youth-serving organization all around the world. We're here to help you, whether you're new to youth ministry or a veteran, whether you're a volunteer or a career youth pastor.

 

Other


Encyclopedia.com

The Internet's premiere free encyclopedia, provides users with more than 57,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Seventh Edition. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps-all provided by eLibrary.


Catholic Encyclopedia

Designed to give readers an extensive and authoritative source for information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine.


Ecclesiastical Language

Glossary of terms found in ecclesiastical writings that is both substantial and straightforward.


Irving Hexham's Concise Dictionary of Religion

A handy and reliable dictionary of terms from different religions.


The Creation Research Society

The Creation Research Society is a professional organization of trained scientists and interested laypersons that are firmly committed to scientific special creation.


Bible Maps

Free maps of Bible events and locations


ChristianAnswers.net

An internet "super library" on creation topics.


Recommended Search Engines

A list of recommended search engines and their various pros and cons from the library at Berkley University.


Jewish Encyclopedia

An unedited full text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia.


Questia

Research help website.


Acronym Finder

The place to untangle and decipher alphabet soup!