Library Resources

Free Online Resources and Open Access Journals

2017-2018

A. Aramaic Lexicons:

  1. Aramaic (Omniglot)
    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/aramaic.htm
    Includes links to related languages and scripts.
  2. Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon
    http://cal1.cn.huc.edu/
    Text base of the Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th Century BCE) through the 13th Century CE, currently with a database of approximately 2.5 million lexically parsed words, and an associated set of electronic tools for analyzing and manipulating the data.

B. Bible Study Tools:

  1. Study Light
    http://www.studylight.org
    Largest collection of online Bible study tools and resources; advanced Bible search and study tools – commentaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries, parallel Bibles, interlinear Bibles, and original language tools.
  2. Bible Gateway
    http://www.biblegateway.com
    45 versions of the Bible in English; many more in other languages; audio Bibles; Scripture reading plans; mobile BibleGateway; commentaries; eBooks; dictionaries; devotionals.
  3. Baker’s Bible Study Tools
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/library
    Bible versions and translations; Apocrypha Books; Commentaries; Concordances; Dictionaries; Encyclopedias; History; Lexicons; Maps & Guides; Classics, Sermons, Hymns, and Authors.
  4. Bible Study Tools
    http://www.biblestudytools.com
    Largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies.
  5. Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide
    http://netministries.org/Bbasics/bwords.htm
  6. Bible Basics
    http://netministries.org/bbasics/bbasics.html
    Provides fundamental information about the Bible, where it came from, where to find various books or topics, and the history of the books it contains; history and origins of the various books of the Bible. The information provided, is condensed from numerous authoritative sources including books, magazines, textbooks, and individuals.
  7. Biblos.com
    http://biblos.com/
    Online study aids which include a number of Bible study tools, original language tools (interlinear, lexicon, GNT Concordance, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, multilingual), and reference materials (Apocrypha, measures, reference Bible, thesaurus, & visuals).
  8. A Bible Concordance
    http://www.abibleconcordance.com/
    Concordance of the 12,856 words in the King James 1769 Version of the Bible.
  9. TenCommandments.org
    http://www.tencommandments.org/concord.html
    Strong’s Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Lexicon
  10. 2LetterLookup
    http://www.2letterlookup.com
    Locate Greek and Hebrew words using the first two letters.
  11. Bible Hub
    http://biblehub.com/
    Featuring topical, Greek and Hebrew study tools, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons and devotionals.
  12. Exegetical Paper Tutorial
    http://library.olivet.edu/subject-guides/religion/exegesis/index.php
    How to begin an exegesis project.
  13. Exegetical Resources
    http://www.biblicalgreek.org/links/exegesis.php
    Links to sites which contain aids for four main areas of New Testament exegesis: lexical, morphological, grammatical and contextual.
  14. NT Gateway
    http://www.ntgateway.com
    Directory of academic internet resources on the New Testament. Annotated links on everything connected with the academic study of the New Testament and Christian origins.
  15. How to Write an Exegesis Paper
    http://apu.libguides.com/exegesis
    Tutorial designed to help write an exegesis paper.
  16. Bible Research
    http://www.bible-researcher.com/index.html
    Internet resources for students of Scripture

C. Bibliography Makers:

  1. BibMe
    http://www.bibme.org/
    Free bibliography maker – MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian

D. Children’s Ministry

  1. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
    http://www.cefonline.com/
    CEF offers downloadable tools to aid you in ministry to children.

E. Christian Business:

  1. Christian Business Review
    https://www.hbu.edu/center-for-christianity-in-business/the-christian-business-review/
    An online journal published by the Center for Christianity in Business, School of Business, Houston Baptist University. Forum where Christian academics and business professionals exchange ideas for integrating Biblical principles in business as a way of life.

F. Christian Ministry:

  1. Ministry Matters
    http://www.ministrymatters.com
    Supporting Christian ministry with resources, community, and inspiration.
  2. Eruditio Ardescens (Knowledge Aflame)
    http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/jlbts/
    Fosters and disseminates quality conservative-evangelical theological scholarship addressing the Christian theological academy and the body of Christ through online, peer-reviewed, and open access journal.

G. Dictionaries:

  1. Merriam-Webster Online
    http://www.merriam-webster.com
  2. Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
    http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
  3. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
    http://www.bartleby.com/
  4. Compact Oxford English Dictionary
    http://oxforddictionaries.com/?view=uk&region=us
  5. Online Graphical Dictionary
    http://www.visuwords.com/?word=succinct

H. Digital Books:

  1. HathiTrust Digital Library
    http://www.hathitrust.org
    HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  2. Openlibrary.org
    https://openlibrary.org
    Over 20 million book records from a variety of catalogs; some eBooks.
  3. Electronic library
    http://alfalib.com/
    The site has the resource of online reading books; you can read a book without downloading it to your computer.
  4. Google Book
    https://books.google.com/
    Search on Google Books or on Google.com. When a book is found with content that contains a match for the search terms, Google will link to it in the search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, a preview of the book will be available, and in some cases the entire text. If it is in the public domain, a free download of a PDF copy will be available.
  5. Internet Archive
    https://archive.org/index.php
    The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

I. Digital Journals:

  1. Didache: Faithful Teaching
    http://didache.nazarene.org
    An interdisciplinary academic journal offered on-line that explores the intersections of Christian conviction, culture and education for the Church of the Nazarene and other international Wesleyan communities in higher education.

J. Education:

  1. Education Global Observatory
    http://www.ergobservatory.info
    Promotes and disseminates open access scholarship in education.
  2. ERIC
    http://eric.ed.gov
    World’s largest digital library of education literature. Bibliographic records of education literature, plus a growing collection of full text
  3. National Education Policy Center
    http://nepc.colorado.edu
    Open access, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions.
  4. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
    https://www2.ed.gov/free/index.html
    Free teaching resources and lesson plans from the federal government.
  5. National Center for Education Statistics
    http://nces.ed.gov/
    U.S. Department of Education

K. Encyclopedias:

  1. Encyclopedia Britannica
    http://www.britannica.com/

L. General Knowledge:

  1. The World Factbook
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
    Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
  2. WWW Virtual Library
    http://vlib.org/
    Oldest catalog of the Web; widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.
  3. USA.gov
    http://www.usa.gov/
    The U.S. Government’s official web portal
  4. GPO Access
    https://www.gpo.gov/
    Official website of U.S. Government Printing Office
  5. Congress.gov
    https://beta.congress.gov/
    Official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
  6. U.S. House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov
    Official website for U.S. House of Representatives.
  7. Country Studies (Library of Congress)
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

M. Geography:

  1. OpenGeoSci
    http://opengeosci.org/
    Map-based discovery interface providing geographic searching for more than 300,000 maps, cross-sections, charts, tables, and other high-value content from GeoScienceWorld (GSW) publications.

N. Greek Lexicons and Texts

  1. Resources for New Testament Exegesis
    http://www.viceregency.com/
  2. Exegetical Links (Institute of Biblical Greek)
    http://www.biblicalgreek.org/links/exegesis.php#Lexical%20Aids
  3. Greek New Testament online
    www.sblgnt.com
    Use this to download all or parts of the electronic edition.
  4. SBL Greek Fonts
    http://www.sbl-site.org/educational/BiblicalFonts_SBLGreek.aspx
  5. Library of Ancient Texts Online
    https://sites.google.com/site/ancienttexts/
    Catalog of online copies of ancient Greek texts, both in Greek and in translation.
  6. Greek-English Lexicon – Liddell/Scott
    http://tinyurl.com/yaj5p7w
  7. Online Greek Bible (26th edition of the Nestle-Aland Text)
    http://www.greekbible.com
  8. Resources for Learning New Testament Greek
    http://www.ntgreek.org
    Learning New Testament Greek for English readers.
  9. Resources for Studying Greek
    http://www.cranfordville.com/Gk-links.htm
    This page includes both links to other web sites and files containing grammar aids.
  10. Searchable Greek Inscriptions
    http://epigraphy.packhum.org/inscriptions/
  11. The Septuagint LXX: Greek and English
    http://www.ccel.org/bible/brenton/
  12. The Septuagint
    http://spindleworks.com/septuagint/septuagint.htm
  13. Septuagint Online
    http://www.kalvesmaki.com/LXX/
    Resources for the study of the Septuagint and old Greek translations of the Hebrew scriptures
  14. SIL Greek Fonts
    http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=GalatiaSIL
  15. Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
    http://www.tlg.uci.edu/ (Free version may be accessed by clicking Abridged Online TLG)
    “Founded in 1972 the TLG has collected and digitized most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.”

O. Health

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov/
  2. Medline Plus
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
    Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    http://www.hhs.gov/

P. Hebrew Lexicons and Texts:

  1. Early Jewish Literature
    http://www.viceregency.com/STJewishLit.htm
    Links to primary sources
  2. Early Jewish Writings
    http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com/
    Tanakh; Deuterocanon; Pseudepigrapha; Philo of Alexandria; Flavius Josephus; Talmud
  3. Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (1846) (Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies)
    http://www.tyndalearchive.com/TABS/Gesenius/
    Grammatical and analytical index; English index.
  4. My Hebrew Dictionary
    http://www.dictionary.co.il/
    Hebrew tools.
  5. iTanakh (Hebrew language study)
    http://www.itanakh.org/index.htm
    A portal with links to many online resources useful in studying Hebrew language and Jewish literature.
  6. Jewish Texts (Bialystoker Synagogue)
    http://www.bialystoker.org/talmud.htm
  7. SIL Hebrew Font
    http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=EzraSIL_Home
    Ezra SIL Hebrew Unicode Font”
  8. The Hebrew Text of the Old Testament
    http://www.bible-researcher.com/hebrewtext.html
    Textual criticism of the Old Testament

Q. History

  1. Library of Congress: American Memory
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/
    Various topics including African Americans, Native Americans, culture, music, religion, etc.
  2. Teaching with Historic Places: American Indian History
    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/nov99.htm

R. Missions:

  1. Ask a Missionary
    http://www.askamissionary.com
    Advice on becoming a missionary

S. Open Access Journals (Most, if not all, of these journals are free, full-text journals)

  1. Archaeology
    a. American Journal of Archaeology
    http://www.ajaonline.org/
    b. Internet Archaeology
    http://intarch.ac.uk/
  2. Biblical Studies
    a. American Journal of Biblical Theology
    http://www.biblicaltheology.com/
    b. Bible and Interpretation
    http://www.bibleinterp.com/
    c. Bible Translation Resources
    http://www.ubs-translations.org/
    d. Biblica
    http://www.bsw.org/project/biblica/
    e. Journal for the Study of the New Testament
    http://jnt.sagepub.com/
    f. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
    http://jot.sagepub.com/
    g. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
    http://jsp.sagepub.com/
    h. Journal of Biblical Literature
    http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/journals_jbl_noLogin.aspx
    i. Journal of Biblical Studies
    http://web.archive.org/web/20090309065520/http://journalofbiblicalstudies.org
    j. Journal of Textual Reasoning
    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/journals/tr/
    k. Review of Biblical Literature
    http://www.bookreviews.org/
  3. Christian Education
    a. Christian Higher Education
    http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/uche20
    b. Journal of Education and Christian Belief
    http://www.jecb.org/
  4. Church & Church Administration
    a. CellChurch (1992-1999)
    http://www.touchusa.org/Articles/CC_splash.html
    b. Verbum et Ecclesia
    http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE
  5. Church History
    a. Christian History and Biography
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/history
    b. Christian Perspectives in Education
    http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cpe
    c. Church History
    http://www.churchhistory.org/
    d. Journal of Religious History
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118510181/home
  6. Culture, Society & Politics
    a. Affirmation & Critique
    http://www.affcrit.com/
    b. Christian Century
    http://www.christiancentury.org/
    c. Christian Ethics Today
    http://www.christianethicstoday.com/
    d. Christian Research Journal
    http://www.equip.org/journal/
    e. Christian Scholar’s Review
    http://www.csreview.org/
    f. Christianity Today
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ctmag/
    g. Citizen (Focus on the Family)
    http://www.citizenlink.org/citizenmag/
    h. Commentary Magazine
    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/
    i. Cross Currents
    http://www.aril.org/
    j. First Things
    http://www.firstthings.com/
    k. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory
    http://www.jcrt.org/
    l. Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://www.bmei.org/jbem/index.php
    m. Journal of Southern Religion
    http://jsreligion.org/
    n. Review of Faith & International Affairs
    http://rfiaonline.org/archives/issues
  7. Evangelism & Discipleship; Leadership
    a. Decision Magazine
    http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/
    b. Inner Resources for Leaders
    http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/innerresources/archives.htm
    c. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership
    http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/
    d. Leadership
    http://www.ctlibrary.com/le/
    e. Xenos: Biblical & Theological Essays and Research Papers
    http://www.xenos.org/essays
  8. Missions
    a. American Missionary, The (1878-1901)
    http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/a/amis/amis.html
    b. Currents in Theology and Mission
    http://currentsjournal.org/
    c. International Bulletin of Missionary Research
    http://www.internationalbulletin.org/
    d. International Journal of Frontier Missions
    http://www.ijfm.org/
    e. Mission Frontiers
    http://www.missionfrontiers.org/
    f. Missionalia
    http://missionalia.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/7
    g. World Vision
    http://www.worldvision.org/worldvision/mag.nsf/stable/mag-index-2006
  9. Pastoring
    a. Creator
    http://creatormagazine.com
    b. Inner Resources for Leaders
    http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/innerresources/
    c. Leadership
    http://www.ctlibrary.com/le/
  10. Preaching
    a. Homiletic : a Review of Publications in Religious Communication
    http://www.homiletic.net
    b. Homiletic and Pastoral Review
    http://www.hprweb.com/
    c. Kerux
    http://www.kerux.com/issue.asp
  11. Science & Religion
    a. Answers in Genesis
    https://answersingenesis.org/answers/research-journal/
    b. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
    http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF.html
  12. Theology
    a. Christian Apologetics Journal (1998-2012)
    http://www.galaxie.com/journals/25
    b. Conservative Theological Journal (1997-2006)
    http://www.galaxie.com/journals/6
    c. Foundations – A Journal of Evangelical Theology
    http://www.affinity.org.uk/resources/foundations
    d. Journal for Christian Theological Research
    http://www.luthersem.edu/ctrf/JCTR/
    e. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
    http://www.etsjets.org/?q=jets_pdf_archive
    f. Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology
    http://hrcak.srce.hr/kairos?lang=en
    g. Theologia
    http://www.hornes.org/theologia/
    h. Theological News
    http://www.hornes.org/theologia/
    i. Theological Studies
    http://theologicalstudies.net
    j. Theology Today
    https://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/
    k. Touchstone – a Journal of Mere Christianity
    http://touchstonemag.com/archives/
  13. Youth Ministry
    a. Campus Life
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/topics/y/youth-ministry/
    b. Youth Worker
    http://www.youthspecialties.com/

T. Science:

  1. Earth’s Largest Free Full-Text Science Archives
    http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/largest.dtl

U. Study Tools:

  1. Assignment Calculator
    http://assignmentcalculator.library.ubc.ca
    A time management tool that breaks down research assignments into a series of manageable steps, while providing expert tips for success.
  2. Research Project Calculator
    https://rpc.elm4you.org
  3. Google Scholar
    http://scholar.google.com
    Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

V. Theology:

  1. Wesley Center Online
    http://wesley.nnu.edu
    Collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.
  2. Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    http://www.ccel.org
    Extensive collection of classic theological works from all periods of church history; bringing Christian classic books to life. Research using their library, study a Bible passage, read a good book, or meditate.

W. Music Resources:

  1. Name that Hymn
    http://www.namethathymn.com/
    Sections of the website include Hymn Lyrics Search Forum, The Name That Hymn Search Engine, Classic Christian Hymns, Favorite Hymns, and Hymn Blog.
  2. Hymn Resources on the Internet
    http://www.marietta.edu/~nda001//hymnody/
    This website is a collection of internet resources related to classic Christian hymns.
  3. Hymn Tune Index
    http://hymntune.library.uiuc.edu/
    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.
  4. Hymnal.net
    https://www.hymnal.net/en/home
    This website includes searchable databases of Classic Hymns, New Tunes, New Songs, Children’s Songs, and Scriptures for Singing. Each song includes lyrics, audio in piano or guitar, and a score of the melody.
  5. Hymnary.org
    http://www.hymnary.org/
    This is a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals. This is an alphabetical list of all the texts on Hymnary.org. the site includes a list of the most popular texts. It can also be browsed by Scripture reference, topic, or element of worship. This is an alphabetical list of all the tunes on Hymnary.org. Tunes can be searched by melody there is a list of the most-published tunes. Printable scores are also available.
  6. NetHymnal
    http://cyberhymnal.org/
    This website features over 10,000 Christ­ian hymns, Author Biographies, Composer Biographies, Hymn Histories and Gos­pel songs from ma­ny de­nom­in­a­tions. There are lyr­ics, scores, MI­DI files, pic­tures, his­to­ry and more.
  7. HymnSite.com
    http://www.hymnsite.com/
    HymnSite.com is a source for free hymn texts, tunes, and sheet music, lectionary and Psalter resources, audio and data CDs, and free downloads. The site features MIDI hymns and psalm tunes from The United Methodist Hymnal (1989 Edition) and The Faith We Sing (hymnal supplement)
  8. Lyrics Mode
    http://www.lyricsmode.com/
    Song archive with more than 650,000 listings for more than 25,000 artists at the time of this writing. Search for song alphabetically by band, check the top 100 most popular pieces, or do a simple search by keyword, song title, or artist name. Search alphabetically, by song title, or you can check out the Upcoming Releases front and center.
  9. LyricWikia:
    http://lyricwiki.org/Main_Page
    LyricWikia offers a vast database of searchable songs. There are a number of ways you can search LyricWikia: by artist, album, song, genre, hometown, label, language, or compilations. LyricWikia also offers search by song title, artist, or lyrical snippet.
  10. AZLyrics:
    http://www.azlyrics.com/
    Find words to songs here by using the keyword search, searching alphabetically, or browsing the Video section. There are hundreds of thousands of songs in the AZLyrics database. Search by artist, song, album, or, by phrase.
  11. Lyrics Mania:
    http://www.lyricsmania.com/
    Lyrics Mania offers a vast database of searchable songs. There are a number of ways to search Lyrics Mania including by artist, album, song, genre, hometown, label, language, or compilations. Features include Soundtrack Lyrics, a unique database of searchable movie soundtracks organized alphabetically. There is also the ability to send in lyrics to a song that you are searching for but have not found covered on the Lyrics Mania site (they ask that you search for it first so there are no duplicates).