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Research Databases

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  • Academic Search (Alumni Edition)

    Provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

  • ACLS Humanities E-Book

    Searchable collection of 4,000+ books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars. A title list is also available.

  • Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    This 86 volume series draws from the wisdom and resources of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world and includes a book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha.

  • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    Six-volume interdisciplinary dictionary with more than 6,000 entries, 7,000,000 words, and nearly 1,000 contributors, endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites, articles on pseudepigraphic and apocryphal texts, Nag Hammadi tractates, and individual Dead Sea Scrolls, including the most recently published sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls as well as articles illustrating the literary artistry of the biblical text.

  • AtlaSerials PLUS, Religion Collection (Atlas PLUS for Alum)

    Contains more than 450 journals in many areas of religion and theology, with all of the titles in Atla's original full-text product, AtlaSerials® (ATLAS®), plus more than 120 additional full-text titles. This database is produced by Atla.

    NOTE: While links on The Text This Week website to articles in this database are in the process of being updated, some searches may not work as planned. For now, you must log in to AtlaSerials PLUS, Religion Collection (by clicking the link below this note) and type (or copy/paste) into the search box on the EBSCOhost platform, the title of the article you found on The Text This Week.

  • Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive

    Archaeology and the latest in Bible scholarship in the Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) magazine. Explore the current issue along with web-only features and Scholar’s Study, where scholarly debates from the pages of BAR continue online.

    Visit the Society's website for more information: https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/

  • Bloomsbury Academic E-Books

    E-books published by Bloomsbury Academic; includes the International Critical Commentary, Christian Doctrines Archive (1988-2013), Christology Archive (1982-2014) and Pauline Studies Archive, as well as Biblical Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology e-books.

  • Bloomsbury Religion in North America | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    Contains, e-books, images and digitally exclusive, peer reviewed articles organized around key themes, including African American religion; Islam in North America; Religion and the Environment in North America; Secularity and Non-Religion in North America; Religion, Science and Technology in North America; and more.

  • Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek

    English translation of Franco Montanari's Vocabolario della Lingua Greca. 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond.

  • Brill Dictionary of Religion

    A multi-media reference source on the many and various forms of religious commitment. Addresses religion as an element of daily life and public discourse.

  • Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

    Comprehensive overview of worldwide Pentecostalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. All articles are fully text searchable and cross-referenced, with bibliographic information on scholarly work and recommendations for further reading.

  • Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion & Culture

    Collections of essays for an inter-disciplinary audience, intended as reference works addressing topics and figures ranging from Plato through Kant to Habermas, and philosophical movements such as the Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism.

  • Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

    Contains information on the hymns of many countries and languages, historical and contemporary. "..[T]he public launch of the ‘impossible task’ – the replacement for the Dictionary of Hymnology produced by John Julian in 1892, with a supplement in 1907."

  • Christian Doctrines Archive 1988-2013

    54 titles, including guides to The Trinity, works from the Ecclesiological Investigations series, and several titles on systematic theology, as well as John Calvin's Ecclesiology, The Identity of Anglicanism, and Salvation in Celluloid: Theology, Imagination and Film.

    Note: Click the link and then use the navigation on the Bloomsbury Collections website to locate the Christian Doctrines Archive 1988-2013. With the current capabilities of the Bloomsbury Collections platform, there is no way to link directly to a specific collection via OpenAthens®.

  • Christology Archive 1982-2011

    66 theological Bloomsbury T&T Clark books, grouped around the theme of Christology, or the focus on the nature and person of Jesus Christ as recorded in the canonical Gospels and the epistles of the New Testament. Includes works by Thomas F. Torrance, monographs on the theology of Karl Barth, and key introductory texts such as J.L. Houlden's Jesus: The Complete Guide and Alan J. Spence's Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed.

    Note: Click the link and then use the navigation on the Bloomsbury Collections website to locate the Christology Archive 1982-2011. With the current capabilities of the Bloomsbury Collections platform, there is no way to link directly to a specific collection via OpenAthens®.

  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals

    Searchable and browsable publications (1804-2009) from the Church Missionary Society, the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society and the latterly integrated South American Missionary Society documenting missionary work from the 19th-21st century. Includes articles, illustrations, photos relating to cultures around the world.

  • Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (Brill)

    Academic articles on the named gods, angels, and demons in the books of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Apocrypha, as well as the New Testament and patristic literature.

  • Digital Karl Barth Library

    NOTE: Although ProQuest indicates that the collection is available on the newer Alexander Street platform, you may find that getting to the full text requires returning to the original, older platform. Please contact the Discovery & Web Services Librarian with any questions about access.

    Features the first 36 volumes of Barth's Gesamtausgabe, originally published under the TVZ imprint. Among the works included in the Gesamtausgabe are hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings. New content, including Barth's monumental Kirchliche Dogmatik, will be added on a quarterly basis.

  • Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts

    An extensive range of works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. Includes sermons and lectures given by theologians in leaders in the Protestant Reformation.

  • Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation

    Documents, including papal and synodal decrees, catechisms and inquisitorial manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, liturgical writings, saints' lives and devotional works.

  • Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE

    Reference tool on the Islamic World. Includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the 20th century and of Muslim minorities around the world.

  • Encyclopaedia of Judaism

    200+ entries describe the way of life, history, art, theology, philosophy, and the practices and beliefs of the Jewish people with an emphasis on the classical literature of Judaism and its history, along with contemporary issues in American Judaism.

  • Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an

    An encyclopaedic dictionary of qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'anic studies. First comprehensive, multivolume reference work on the Qur'an in a Western language.

  • Encyclopedia of Christianity Online

    Describes modern-day Christian beliefs and communities in the context of 2000 years of apostolic tradition and Christian history. Based on the third, revised edition of the critically acclaimed German work, Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon.

  • Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

    From Europe to America to the Middle East, North Africa and other non-European Jewish settlement areas the encyclopedia covers the recent history of the Jews from 1750 until the 1950s.

    Von Europa über Amerika bis zum Vorderen Orient, Nordafrika und anderen außereuropäischen jüdischen Siedlungsräumen erschließt die Enzyklopädie die neuere Geschichte der Juden von 1750 bis 1950. Die Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur Online basiert auf der gedruckten Ausgabe Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur von J.B. Metzler Verlag (2011–2015), herausgegeben von Dan Diner.

  • Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Online

    The complete vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), extended with variants from the Oriental and Samaritan textual traditions, the Ben Sira fragments, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Third edition of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner’s Hebrew dictionary.

    Features

    • Full text search in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, English, transliterations and Scripture references
    • Conjugated verb forms immediately found in the context of their consonantal roots
    • Easily compare Hebrew and Aramaic lexemes
    • Cross references hypertexted
    • Powerful search features
  • International Critical Commentary

    A curated selection of 59 titles from the series' long history, including both long-unavailable titles and newly-published research, that brings together linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary and theological aids to exegesis.

    Note: Click the link and then use the navigation on the Bloomsbury Collections website to locate the International Critical Commentary. With the current capabilities of the Bloomsbury Collections platform, there is no way to link directly to a specific collection via OpenAthens®.

  • JSTOR

    Full text archive of core journals in select disciplines. Includes the JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection. Note: Recent issues (last 3-5 years) are often not available.

  • Library of Catholic Thought | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    Introduction to Catholic biblical interpretation, key figures in the history of Catholic thought and major doctrines, themes, and events. A key element of the Library is the new fully revised third edition of the Jerome Biblical Commentary featuring a preface by Pope Francis. Includes biblical commentaries linked to a digital edition of the New American Bible, topical articles on themes such as social justice, ethics, the bible in the life of the Church and the bible in diverse contexts.

  • Luther's Works (The Works of Martin Luther)

    Digital version of the 55-volume set of Luther's Works, a monumental translation project by Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House which was published in print in 1957. Useful for church historians, theologians, Luther scholars, and Christians in general. (Find Luther's Works (Volumes 1-55) in the library's print reference collection at REF BR330 .E5 1955.)

  • Mohr Siebeck - Select journals and books

    The Princeton Theological Seminary Library subscribes (provides access) to a selection of titles on the Mohr Siebeck publishing platform, including titles within Mohr Siebeck Zeitschriften Online, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament (WUNT I), and Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe (WUNT II).

    Tip: Use the advanced search and the "Accessible Content" and "Open Access" checkboxes when searching.

  • New Pauly Online

    Modern reference work for the ancient world covering 2,000+ years of history, ranging from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. The English edition of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly, published by Verlag J.B. Metzler since 1996. Special emphasis is given to the interaction between Greco-Roman culture on the one hand, and Semitic, Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic culture, and ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the other hand.

  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online

    Search text, commentary and annotations from the Oxford Study Bibles and essential corollary content and biblical reference works, images, up-to-date color maps.

  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies

    Carefully considered bibliographical resource recommendations on essential topics in the study of the Bible broadly conceived. Helpful for developing an informed view of the topic of concern, OBO provides a clearly outlined path for academic engagement.

  • Oxford English Dictionary

    Traces the usage of over half a million words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Video guides to the OED are also available.

  • Oxford Handbooks in Religion

    Specially-commissioned essays by the world's leading scholars with extensive referencing to further reading, the handbooks offer both thorough introductions to topics in the discipline, and a useful reference resource for scholars and advanced students.

  • Oxford Reference Center

    Hundreds of language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online: Philosophy

    Searchable full text of many Oxford University Press philosophy titles.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online: Religion

    Searchable full text of many Oxford University Press religion titles.

  • Pauline Studies Archive

    Alongside titles such as Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed and A Feminist Companion to the Deutero-Pauline Epistles, this collection includes The Pauline Writings, a series exploring New Testament study from historical, social-scientific, literary, theological, cultural and contextual perspectives.

    Note: Click the link and then use the navigation on the Bloomsbury Collections website to locate the Bloomsbury Academic: Pauline Studies Archive 1984-2012. With the current capabilities of the Bloomsbury Collections platform, there is no way to link directly to a specific collection via OpenAthens®.

  • Project MUSE

    Access e-books and e-book series, including Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible Series Collection, as well as several e-journals on the Project MUSE platform.

  • Religion Database (formerly ProQuest Religion)

    Wide range of primarily full-text periodicals and other sources for diverse religious and spiritual studies, covering formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many worldwide religions, including but not limited to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism.

  • Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart

    Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart 4 Online is the online version of the 4th edition of the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide: the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart 4 (RGG4) (Mohr Siebeck, 1998-2007).

  • Religion Past and Present

    Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online is the online version of the updated English translation of the 4th edition of the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide: the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG). Including the latest developments in research, Religion Past and Present Online encompasses a vast range of subjects connected with religion.

  • T&T Clark Jesus Library | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    Core resources for studying the life of Jesus and his impact in history and culture. Includes new reference work on the Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, exclusive audio interviews on important topics and major publications, as well as commissioned topical articles written by leading academics. Curated by editor-in-chief Chris Keith (St. Mary’s University Twickenham) and other experts.

  • T&T Clark Theology Library | Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    Includes primary texts and exclusively commissioned introductory articles written by key academics on theologians and theological doctrines. Search and browse recently added titles or browse by topic. The first of several collections presented on the Theology & Religion Online platform.

  • Textual History of the Bible Online

    Covers the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deutero-canonical scriptures. Includes articles on the history of research, the editorial histories of the Hebrew Bible, as well as other aspects of text-critical research and its auxiliary fields, such as papyrology, codicology, and linguistics.

  • Theology and Religion Online (Bloomsbury)

    On this platform, the library provides access to the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, T&T Clark Theology Library, the T&T Clark Jesus Library, the Library of Catholic Thought (T&T Clark Catholic Library) and Bloomsbury Religion in North America

  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 1: Christianity

    Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century. Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 1: Christianity includes the complete 17-volume German edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke (DBW) and 16 volumes of the English edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series (DBWE); an international selection of English-language editions of key authors such as Hans Urs von Baltasar, Rudolf Bultmann, James Cone, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Adolf von Harnack, Henri de Lubac, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, and Ernst Troeltsch; and a selection of the papers of Reinhold Niebuhr.

  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 2: Islam

    Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century. Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 2: Islam focuses on modern Islamic theology and tradition and details Islam’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works and rare documents by Muslim writers, both non-Western and Western voices. It includes an international selection of English-language editions of key thinkers such as Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm, Khaled Abou el Fadl, Fethullah Gülen, Sayyid Ahmad Khan, Said Nursî, Tariq Ramadan, Abdolkarim Soroush, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, and Amina Wadud; writings in Arabic by Muhammad Abduh and in French by Abdou Filali-Ansary, and a selection of more contextual monographs. Future releases will introduce more works by significant thinkers and archival content.

  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 3: Judaism

    Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century. Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Volume 3: Judaism includes an international selection of English-language editions of key thinkers such as Eugene Borowitz, Elliott Dorff, Emil L. Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, David Hartman, Mordecai Kaplan, Adolf Neubauer, and Joseph B. Soloveitchik; writings in German and Hebrew from the Markus Brann collection, and a selection of contextual monographs and reference works.

  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library, Volumes 1-3

    Search all three volumes (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) at once.

  • World Christian Database

    Provides comprehensive statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and people groups.

  • World Christian Encyclopedia Online

    This is the online version of the 3rd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia, which documents the changing status of World Christianity over the past 120 years from historical and social scientific perspectives.

  • World Religion Database

    Detailed statistics including censuses and surveys on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions, 1900-2050.


Resources for Everyone

The resources below are freely available to the general public.

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Library Instruction and Other Videos

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Links to past lectures, book talks and more are available here.

Digital Collections @ Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Theological Commons — The Theological Commons is a digital library of materials on theology and religion, developed in partnership with the Internet Archive, a nonprofit dedicated to building and maintaining a free and openly accessible online digital library. More about the Theological Commons
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Journals — Featured collection in the Theological Commons. A digitized collection of journals published by, or closely associated with, Princeton Theological Seminary from 1825 to the present.
  • Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church, and Culture —The Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church, and Culture foster original scholarship pertaining to youth and the contemporary church. This lecture series, begun in 1996, is sponsored by The Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. The lectures are fully searchable and can be read online or downloaded as PDF documents.
  • Guides to Manuscript Collections — A searchable database of over 200 guides to manuscripts located in the Library’s Special Collections.
  • Abraham Kuyper Bibliography — This classified bibliography of works about Abraham Kuyper currently contains over 1,400 records compiled by the staff of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, assisted by Kuyper scholars worldwide. (Visit the Digital Collections Overview page for information about and links to the Abraham Kuyper Digital Archive.)
  • Web Archive — Because web sites change frequently, ephemeral but valuable content is easily lost over time. The Web Archive project at Princeton Theological Seminary collects, preserves, and provides access to web content for current and future generations of researchers by capturing copies of selected web sites at regular intervals.

Other Freely Accessible Resources

Wright Library also maintains a useful list of current, freely available online resources that may be of use to alumni and others.

This list includes web directories, Biblical studies material, religious image databases, online texts, Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination exam archives, statistical and data resources, worship and preaching resources, theses, catalogs of research libraries, and bibliographies. Also in the list: The Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary's Karl Barth Resource Guide (published November 9, 2021).

Looking for a shorter list? Try these open access resources in the Databases A-Z List. You'll find HathiTrust in this list.