Library Resources

Free Online Resources and Open Access Journals


A. Aramaic Lexicons:

  1. Aramaic (Omniglot)
    Includes links to related languages and scripts.
  2. Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon
    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
    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
    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
    Bible versions and translations; Apocrypha Books; Commentaries; Concordances; Dictionaries; Encyclopedias; History; Lexicons; Maps & Guides; Classics, Sermons, Hymns, and Authors.
  4. Bible Study Tools
    Largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies.
  5. Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide
  6. Bible Basics
    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.
    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
    Concordance of the 12,856 words in the King James 1769 Version of the Bible.
    Strong’s Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Lexicon
  10. 2LetterLookup
    Locate Greek and Hebrew words using the first two letters.
  11. Bible Hub
    Featuring topical, Greek and Hebrew study tools, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons and devotionals.
  12. Exegetical Paper Tutorial
    How to begin an exegesis project.
  13. Exegetical Resources
    Links to sites which contain aids for four main areas of New Testament exegesis: lexical, morphological, grammatical and contextual.
  14. NT Gateway
    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
    Tutorial designed to help write an exegesis paper.
  16. Bible Research
    Internet resources for students of Scripture

C. Bibliography Makers:

  1. BibMe
    Free bibliography maker – MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian

D. Children’s Ministry

  1. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
    CEF offers downloadable tools to aid you in ministry to children.

E. Christian Business:

  1. 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
    Supporting Christian ministry with resources, community, and inspiration.
  2. Eruditio Ardescens (Knowledge Aflame)
    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
  2. Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
  3. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  4. Compact Oxford English Dictionary
  5. Online Graphical Dictionary

H. Digital Books:

  1. HathiTrust Digital Library
    HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
    Over 20 million book records from a variety of catalogs; some eBooks.
  3. Electronic library
    The site has the resource of online reading books; you can read a book without downloading it to your computer.
  4. Google Book
    Search on Google Books or on 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
    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
    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
    Promotes and disseminates open access scholarship in education.
  2. ERIC
    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
    Open access, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions.
  4. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
    Free teaching resources and lesson plans from the federal government.
  5. National Center for Education Statistics
    U.S. Department of Education

K. Encyclopedias:

  1. Encyclopedia Britannica

L. General Knowledge:

  1. The World Factbook
    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
    Oldest catalog of the Web; widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.
    The U.S. Government’s official web portal
  4. GPO Access
    Official website of U.S. Government Printing Office
    Official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
  6. U.S. House of Representatives
    Official website for U.S. House of Representatives.
  7. Country Studies (Library of Congress)

M. Geography:

  1. OpenGeoSci
    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
  2. Exegetical Links (Institute of Biblical Greek)
  3. Greek New Testament online
    Use this to download all or parts of the electronic edition.
  4. SBL Greek Fonts
  5. Library of Ancient Texts Online
    Catalog of online copies of ancient Greek texts, both in Greek and in translation.
  6. Greek-English Lexicon – Liddell/Scott
  7. Online Greek Bible (26th edition of the Nestle-Aland Text)
  8. Resources for Learning New Testament Greek
    Learning New Testament Greek for English readers.
  9. Resources for Studying Greek
    This page includes both links to other web sites and files containing grammar aids.
  10. Searchable Greek Inscriptions
  11. The Septuagint LXX: Greek and English
  12. The Septuagint
  13. Septuagint Online
    Resources for the study of the Septuagint and old Greek translations of the Hebrew scriptures
  14. SIL Greek Fonts
  15. Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) (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
  2. Medline Plus
    Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

P. Hebrew Lexicons and Texts:

  1. Early Jewish Literature
    Links to primary sources
  2. Early Jewish Writings
    Tanakh; Deuterocanon; Pseudepigrapha; Philo of Alexandria; Flavius Josephus; Talmud
  3. Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (1846) (Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies)
    Grammatical and analytical index; English index.
  4. My Hebrew Dictionary
    Hebrew tools.
  5. iTanakh (Hebrew language study)
    A portal with links to many online resources useful in studying Hebrew language and Jewish literature.
  6. Jewish Texts (Bialystoker Synagogue)
  7. SIL Hebrew Font
    Ezra SIL Hebrew Unicode Font”
  8. The Hebrew Text of the Old Testament
    Textual criticism of the Old Testament

Q. History

  1. Library of Congress: American Memory
    Various topics including African Americans, Native Americans, culture, music, religion, etc.
  2. Teaching with Historic Places: American Indian History

R. Missions:

  1. Ask a Missionary
    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
    b. Internet Archaeology
  2. Biblical Studies
    a. American Journal of Biblical Theology
    b. Bible and Interpretation
    c. Bible Translation Resources
    d. Biblica
    e. Journal for the Study of the New Testament
    f. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
    g. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
    h. Journal of Biblical Literature
    i. Journal of Biblical Studies
    j. Journal of Textual Reasoning
    k. Review of Biblical Literature
  3. Christian Education
    a. Christian Higher Education
    b. Journal of Education and Christian Belief
  4. Church & Church Administration
    a. CellChurch (1992-1999)
    b. Verbum et Ecclesia
  5. Church History
    a. Christian History and Biography
    b. Christian Perspectives in Education
    c. Church History
    d. Journal of Religious History
  6. Culture, Society & Politics
    a. Affirmation & Critique
    b. Christian Century
    c. Christian Ethics Today
    d. Christian Research Journal
    e. Christian Scholar’s Review
    f. Christianity Today
    g. Citizen (Focus on the Family)
    h. Commentary Magazine
    i. Cross Currents
    j. First Things
    k. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory
    l. Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    m. Journal of Southern Religion
    n. Review of Faith & International Affairs
  7. Evangelism & Discipleship; Leadership
    a. Decision Magazine
    b. Inner Resources for Leaders
    c. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership
    d. Leadership
    e. Xenos: Biblical & Theological Essays and Research Papers
  8. Missions
    a. American Missionary, The (1878-1901)
    b. Currents in Theology and Mission
    c. International Bulletin of Missionary Research
    d. International Journal of Frontier Missions
    e. Mission Frontiers
    f. Missionalia
    g. World Vision
  9. Pastoring
    a. Creator
    b. Inner Resources for Leaders
    c. Leadership
  10. Preaching
    a. Homiletic : a Review of Publications in Religious Communication
    b. Homiletic and Pastoral Review
    c. Kerux
  11. Science & Religion
    a. Answers in Genesis
    b. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
  12. Theology
    a. Christian Apologetics Journal (1998-2012)
    b. Conservative Theological Journal (1997-2006)
    c. Foundations – A Journal of Evangelical Theology
    d. Journal for Christian Theological Research
    e. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
    f. Kairos : Evangelical Journal of Theology
    g. Theologia
    h. Theological News
    i. Theological Studies
    j. Theology Today
    k. Touchstone – a Journal of Mere Christianity
  13. Youth Ministry
    a. Campus Life
    b. Youth Worker

T. Science:

  1. Earth’s Largest Free Full-Text Science Archives

U. Study Tools:

  1. Assignment Calculator
    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
  3. Google Scholar
    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
    Collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.
  2. Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    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
    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
    This website is a collection of internet resources related to classic Christian hymns.
  3. 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.
    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.
    This is a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals. This is an alphabetical list of all the texts on 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 Tunes can be searched by melody there is a list of the most-published tunes. Printable scores are also available.
  6. NetHymnal
    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. 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
    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:
    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:
    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:
    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).