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Databases, E-Books and Theses Online


Electronic Databases

American Theological Library Association Database (ATLA)

The ATLA Religion Database is the premier database for theology, containing 1.8 million records and covering over 1,700 journals in theology and allied fields. All students and faculty are assigned log-in credentials in their respective library service orientations. Please contact the library staff if you have lost your user ID or password.


Be sure to check out the Video Tutorials page to access helpful tutorials with databases and other electronic resources.



NC LIVE provides access to a 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.


Open Access (Free) Scholarly Journals

American Theological Libraries Consortium has compiled a list of 340 open access scholarly journals in theology and allied subjects. Open access journals are free to access since the costs of publishing are absorbed by the author, not the user.


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.



EBSCO eBook Collection


Over 1,000 ebooks in religion and ministry with a scholarly focus. Available to current students with the same log-in credentials as the ATLA Database. Books can be read on laptop computers or tablets. Chapters of books, but not entire book, can be downloaded.


If you need instructions on how to search and download e-book titles, please read the official eBooks on EBSCOhost User Guide or visit the EBSCO eBooks & Audiobooks Support Center to view video tutorials and FAQ’s.


Christian Classics Ethereal Library

“The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) seeks to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.” An excellent resource for electronic texts: the Bible, commentaries, hymns, sermons, Early Church Fathers (38 vols.), and many texts from the history of Christianity.


Evangelical Christian Library

Featuring online books by contemporary Christian authors such as Robert Boyd Munger, Jill Briscoe, Francis Schaeffer, Chuck Swindoll, John Fischer, J.I. Packer and many more. Our subjects include apologetics, theology, marriage and the family, women in leadership, domestic violence, creation science, intelligent design, biographies, romance novels, biographies of Christian athletes, Christian living, angels, social issues…… and all from an evangelical and Biblical perspective. Students of all ages — including homeschoolers — have found our full-text online books to be helpful for research and spiritual growth.


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 are still under copyright may be read online but not downloaded.


Note: The free books labeled as ”AISY 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. The Theological Commons is building toward four main collections:

  • Historic Princeton Seminary collections of audio, visual, and text-based content. Some of these collections were scanned as a result of the joint collaboration between Princeton Theological Seminary, Microsoft, and the Internet Archive, with the financial support of Microsoft. Other collections have been scanned as part of the Library’s ongoing partnership with the Internet Archive.
  • Editorially shaped and textually encoded collections that are fully searchable.
  • Discrete named collections such as the Thomas F. Torrance Collection.
  • Subject-based collections aggregated from the digitized materials of other institutions available through the Internet Archive.


Many Books

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


Online Theses

EthOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

The aim of EThOS is to offer a ‘single point of access’ where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education. Search for existing UK theses, and either read or request the full-text of many theses. Some of these theses may be downloaded for free.


Theses Canada-Library and Archives Canada

The mission of Theses Canada is to acquire and preserve a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada, to provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world. Its mission to preserve this portion of Canada’s bibliographic heritage is achieved through collaboration with the many Canadian universities who participate in the program.


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


Research in Ministry (RIM)

Research in Ministry is a database of doctoral dissertation abstracts from seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). This database has dissertation abstracts (not full records) of over 11,100 dissertations, which are searchable by ATLA subject headings, project advisors, and schools.

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