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Recommended Databases and Journal Indexes

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion and includes full-text from ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. It includes more than 416,000 article citations from more than 1,500 journals (571 currently indexed), more than 210,000 essay citations from over 15,700 multi-author works, and more than 432,000 book review citations.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Provides authoritative scholarly texts and reference works for research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible. Texts from selected Oxford Bibles can be viewed in side-by-side display with the user's choice of commentary and annotations from several Oxford Study Bibles, the stand-alone Oxford Bible Commentary, and A-Z concordances for the NRSV and NAB translations. In addition, it offers access to collections of major apocryphal Old and New Testament texts in translation, the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Oxford Companion to the Bible, and other Oxford reference works.

Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Provides extensive coverage of such topics as theology, world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Includes more than 300 full text journals.

Southern Baptist Periodical Index
A cumulative index to around 50 periodicals issued each year by historically Southern Baptist Convention-related agencies, institutions, and associations at the national level of organization. Subjects includes theology, Baptist history and practice, worship, church music, church administration and development, religious education and ministry, Baptist colleges/universities/seminaries, missions and missions education, family life and parenting, and Christian life. Indexed periodicals include reviews of books, motion pictures and videos, compact discs, web sites, etc., ranging from the scholarly to the popular.

Additional Databases and Journal Indexes

Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac) Connect to User Guide
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

EBL eBooks PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A growing collection of over 3,500 electronic books in a range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) on your computer or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Login is required both on and off campus. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

ebrary eBooks PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A growing collection of over 140,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to Apple and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

EBSCO eBook Collection PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A collection of over 150,000 electronic books available in full text online in a wide range of academic subject areas. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device, or you can save a limited number of pages in PDF format. A free MyEBSCOhost account is required. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
The electronic books included in this collection are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. It includes hundreds of titles in the Twayne's Authors Series, including the American Writers Collection, British Writers Collection, European Writers Collection, World and Genre Writers Collection, and many others. Some GVRL ebooks are provided by DISCUS, while others are provided by the CSU Library.

General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac) Connect to User Guide
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.

HathiTrust     FREE Connect to User Guide
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

JSTOR Connect to User Guide
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

New Testament Abstracts (EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Contains more than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts.

New York Times Group Pass Connect to User Guide
Provides full text access to the New York Times from 1851 to the present. For 1923-1980, each individual user may access up to five free articles each day, with unlimited access for other years.

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News (AP, UPI, etc.) (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press. Includes AP Top News, WorldStream, Financial News, AP Online, U.S. Politics & Government and 50 State Reports. End users can immediately access the full text of the NewsMonitor-delivered web content, by following the link in the record. The index to the full text content in AP News is held for a rolling 30-day archive by EBSCO, so users can enjoy the previous 30 days of news relating to their search interests.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

Newstand (Gale InfoTrac) Connect to User Guide
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.

Old Testament Abstracts (EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology, etc.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world's top political and societal publications.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
Provides a full text facsimile edition of the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. The CSU Library several other sources for accessing the full text of the New York Times. See this list.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.

SAGE Journals Online Connect to User Guide
SAGE Journals Online (SAGE Premier) is a collection of over 560 full-text journals in over 50 disciplines including business, communication, criminology, education, humanities, industrial relations, labor, medicine, political science, psychology, social science, science, technology, urban studies, and more. Includes research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.

SpringerLink Connect to User Guide
An online collection of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) books, journals, and reference works from Springer-Verlag. Subject areas covered include Architecture and Design; Behavioral Science; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business and Economics; Chemistry and Materials Science; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Medicine; Physics and Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.

WorldCat Connect to User Guide
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

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Print Sources

Abingdon Bible Commentary (Ref. BS 491 .E5)

Anchor Bible Dictionary (Ref. BS 440 .A54 1992)

Baker's Bible Atlas (Ref BS 630 .P45)

Bible Commentary for English Readers (Ref. BS 490 .E4 v. 1-8)

Broadman Bible Commentary (Ref. BS 491.2 .B67 v. 1-12)

Contemporary American Religion (Ref. BL 2525 .C65 2000 v. 1-2)

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Ref. BS440 .E44 2000)

Ellicott's Bible Commentary; A Verse-by Verse Explanation (Ref. BS 491 .E55)

Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction (Ref. E 98 .R3 H73 2000)

Encyclopedia of Religion (Ref. BL 31 .E46 1987 v. 1- 14)

Encyclopedia of Religions (Ref. BL 31 .E46 1987 v. 1-16)

Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (Ref. BL 240.3 .E43 2003 v. 1-2)

Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Ref. BS 425 .S8)

Greek-English Analytical Concordance of the Greek-English New Testament (Ref. BS 2302 .S7 1963)

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Ref. BS 440 .I6 1979 v. 1-4)

Jewish Encyclopedia (Ref. DS 102.8 .J66 v. 1-12)

Layman's Bible Encyclopedia (Ref. BS 440 .M415 1964)

Modern Concordance to the New Testament (Ref. BS 2305 .M6 1976)

Nave's Topical Concordance (Ref BS 432 .N3)

New Bible Commentary (Ref. BS 491.2 .D3 1965)

New Bible Dictionary (Ref. BS 440 .D6 1964)

New Catholic Encyclopedia (Ref. BX 841 .N44 1967 v. 1-17)

New Encyclopedia of Judaism (Ref. BM 50 .E63 2002)

New Historical Atlas of Religion in America (Ref. G 1201 .E4 N4 2000)

New Unger's Bible Dictionary (Ref. BS 440 .U5 1988)

Oxford dictionary of world religions (Ref. BL 31 .O84 1997)

Wesleyan Bible Commentary (Ref. BS 491.2 .W4 1964 v. 1-6)

Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Ref. BS 491.2 .P4)

Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (Ref. BS 630 .Z64)

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Internet Resources
References to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, etc.

American Religion Data Archive
The ARDA features American and international religion with national profiles, maps, church membership overviews, denominational heritage trees, tables, charts, and other summary reports

American Religious Experience
The American Religious Experience Project encourages the development and publication of American religion manuscripts and images on the World Wide Web

Bible Gateway
Read and research scripture online in the language or translation of your choice

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Classic Christian books in electronic format and Bible commentaries

A wide variety of Bible resources including Bible research tools

Guide to the Religions of the World
Produced by the BBC

Judaism and Jewish Resources
An indexed site with links to various resources about Judaism

International Religious Freedom
A report submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State. It provides detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom

Lifeway Christian Resources
An affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, Lifeway provides Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, etc.

New Testament Gateway
A directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament

The Pluralism Project
Seeks to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources

An index to more than 5,700 articles by religious scholars

Religious World: Sources for Religion, Religions, Religious Studies

South Carolina Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Convention

Virtual Religion Index
An award winning website with information on all types of religions: modern and classic

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Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

Affirmation & critique


Baptist Courier

Baptist History and Heritage

Biblical Archaeology

Biblical Illustrator

Christian Century

Christian Scholar

Christian scholar's review

Christianity & Literature

Christianity and crisis

Christianity Today

Church administration

Church and State

Church History

Church Musician

Church musician today



Cross Currents

Ecumenical Review



Evangelical Quarterly

First Things

Group: The Youth Ministry Magazine

Harvard Theological Review

Home Life

International Philosophical Quarterly


Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Journal of Biblical Literature

Journal of Pastoral Care

Journal of Pastoral Counseling

Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Religion

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation

Journal of Theological Studies


New Testament Abstracts

New Testament Studies


Parabola: The Quarterly of Myth and Meaning


Perspectives in Religious Studies

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Princeton Seminary Bulletin

Quarterly Review

Religion & intellectual life

Religious Education

Religious Herald

Review & Expositor

Review of Religious Research


Southern Baptist Educator

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

Southwestern Journal of Theology

Theological Education

Theological Studies

Theology Digest

Theology Today

Westminster Theological Journal

Worship Leader

Youth ministry update



Find a list of e-journals in religion available at CSU

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