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ATLA Religion with Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and full text of biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues.

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
DOAJ is a database of open access, peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
An electronic repository of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines, Jstor includes the full text of journals starting from the origin of their publication, but often does not have the most recent 2-5 years.

Sage Journals Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and some full text of journals published by Sage.

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Magazines & Newspapers

CRC Periodical Index Unrestricted Resource
Indexes publications of interest to Reformed Christians, including several published by the Christian Reformed Church.

MasterFILE Premier Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
A general, interdisciplinary database that contains an index and full-text for periodicals, primary source documents, and ebooks. Periodicals coverage is from 1975 to the present.

Publications in the Field

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Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.

Reference Materials

Encyclopedia of Christian Theology On campus use only
This three-volume encyclopedia set covers a wide variety of topics in Christian theology, including different time periods and theological traditions.  Articles tend to be several pages long and include bibliographies for further reading.
Call Number: REF BR95 .D5313 2005

Encyclopedia of Leadership Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Brings together for the first time everything that is known and truly matters about leadership as part of the human experience, exploring leadership theories and leadership practice. Entries and sidebars show leadership in action - in corporations and state houses, schools, churches, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Focuses on the developmental process of religion and spirituality across the human life span. Spiritual development is an important part of human development that has links to identity development, moral development, and civic engagement. This innovative Encyclopedia offers insight into the characteristics of people and their contexts that interact to influence religious and spiritual development over time.


ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archives Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
"The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion."

Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project Unrestricted Resource
Seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The project conducts surveys, demographic studies and other social science research to examine a wide range of issues concerning religion and society in the United States and around the world – from shifting religious composition to the influence of religion on politics to the extent of government and social restrictions on religion. The project also covers a range of issues that often have a religious component – from abortion and gay marriage to stem cell research and church-state controversies.


Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Unrestricted Resource
Promotes the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities. Provides resources for planning a worship service, researching a topic, finding or writing a sermon, doing daily prayer and reflection, and locating jobs.

Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Contains thoughtful Christian reflection and reliable guidance in engaging the ethical dimensions of today's world. Its themed articles, inspirational pieces, book-reviews, interviews, Christian art, worship aids, and hymns help the church reintegrate Christian ethical reflection, worship, and art. A ministry of Baylor University's Center for Christian Ethics.

Google Scholar Unrestricted Resource
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. Unrestricted Resource is an online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike. At you can search or browse hymns by title, tune, meter, key, scripture reference, and more.