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Highly Recommended Religion Databases

There may still be times when you want to go directly to a database and use their interface to search for resources. Some databases have unique indexes, making it easier to find things by very specific terms such as scripture passages.

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ATLA Religion Database with Serials

A primary resource for research in religion. Search for articles, essays and book reviews in all areas of religious study. Use the “Scriptures” tab to search for articles or essays on a particular passage of scripture.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

A searchable database of PhD dissertations, Doctor of Ministry theses, and Masters theses. Search by author, advisor, school, subject, or keyword. The full text of most dissertations and theses may be downloaded.


Full text collection of over 2000 academic journals. Both basic and advanced search options are available. Search one subject, more than one subject, or all subjects simultaneously.

Ministry Matters

Both a large website and an online collection of scholarly reference material. As a large website, it has many online resources, including media resources, to aid with preaching, teaching, and worship. Scholarly reference material includes important works such as the New Interpreter’s Bible commentaries and the New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary. Follow links to “Research Library” and then “Legacy Library” to access the reference book collection.

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

An important online reference resource for the study of hymns and hymn writers. New articles are routinely added.

Research in Ministry: RIM

A searchable index of Doctor of Ministry theses. The index can be searched by author, advisor, or school.

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