African American Historical Serials

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) helped develop this full-text collection of periodicals documenting the history of African American life and religious organizations from 1829 to 1922. The titles were collected from 75 institutions.

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Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries span over 86 volumes and is one of the most trusted and long-running scholarly commentaries series for Biblical Studies scholars. This prestigious commentary series represents the pinnacle of biblical scholarship and draws from the wisdom and resources of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world. It includes a book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha to make available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible.

Archives of the Episcopal Church

The official national repository of the Episcopal Church.

ATLA Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1680-1919

The Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919 collection contains over 3,000 titles reflecting how Christians lived out their faith in the form of sermons, worship, and piety. Sermons were a primary tool for teaching moral and spiritual lessons. The collection features over 700 texts of either individual or collected sermons from over 400 authors, including Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, Dwight Lyman Moody, Charles Grandison Finney, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Francis Xavier Weninger. The collection also highlights various aspects of worship and liturgy spanning Christian history from early Christian Worship to the liturgies of the "St. Thomas Christians" in India to more modern baptismal and sacramental practices. Piety, or the reverent living of one's faith, is one aim of both preaching and worship. The collection also offers generous holdings focused on Christian piety and forming and educating a person to live a life of faith. A breadth of subjects are represented here, including prayer, apologetics, ecumenical concerns, evangelistic work, revivals, and monastic and religious orders. Authors include J.R. Miller, A.B. Simpson, F.X. Weninger, and Adolf von Harnack. For theological works related to these themes, please see the collection titled Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922.

ATLA Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922

The Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922 collection contains over 2,000 titles that tell the stories of various Christian missions and missionaries throughout the world, focusing on the 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection features both foreign missions to over 50 countries and domestic, or "home missions," within North America and Europe. The 19th century ushered in a more global awareness of different cultures and peoples and the Christian missionary response was to reach out to those cultures and peoples. Foreign countries in this outreach include efforts to India, China, Africa, Korea, and Japan, as well as more remote destinations such as Guyana, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands. Domestic "home" missions include missions to Native Americans as well as outreach within the UK and Germany. Prominent missionary organizations include American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and the China Inland Mission. Prominent authors include Morris Officer, Robert E. Speer, Adrien Launay, and St. Francis Xavier. Many Christian traditions are featured in the collection, including the Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in the USA, Lutheran Church, Orthodox Church.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials Plus

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials PLUS (ATLAS PLUS) combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's largest collection of full text religion and theology journals. ATLAS PLUS contains a more than 450 full text titles, including all ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) titles and content previously available in the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.


Bloomsbury Theology and Religion Online

Bloomsbury ebooks including the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, the T&T Clark Jesus Library and T&T Clark Theology Library. Access for VTS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

BPL Special Music Collections

A catalog of the music collections in the Bishop Payne Library Rare Books and Special Collections. These three collections - the Charles Winfred Douglas Collection, the David R. Curfman Collection, and the J. Reilly Lewis Collection, contain scores and books, some rare, some annotated by the owner/conductor. This is a work in progress; the Lewis collection is still being inventoried.


Browzine offers an alternative to the "current periodicals shelves", allowing you to browse tables of contents from many of our electronic subscriptions. There are mobile device apps that also have the ability to send alerts when a new issue is found in the database.


Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics

In this second edition of the best-selling Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics, Robin Gill brings together twenty essays by leading experts, to provide a comprehensive introduction to Christian ethics which is both authoritative and up to date. This volume boasts four entirely new chapters, while previous chapters and all bibliographies have been updated to reflect significant developments in the field over the last decade. Gill offers a superb overview of the subject, examining the scriptural bases of ethics as well as discussing Christian ethics in the context of contemporary issues, including war and the arms trade, social justice, ecology, economics, medicine and genetics. All of the contributors have a proven track record of balanced, comprehensive and comprehensible writing making this book an accessible and invaluable source not only for students in upper-level undergraduate courses, graduate students and teachers, but anyone interested in Christian ethics today

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The definitive guide to creating citations and bibliographies in University of Chicago format, available full-text online.

China Historical Christian Database (CHCD)

The China Historical Christian Database (CHCD) quantifies and visualizes the place of Christianity in modern China (1550-1950). It provides users the tools to discover where every Christian church, school, hospital, orphanage, publishing house, and the like were located in China, and it documents who worked inside those buildings, both foreign and Chinese. Collectively, this information creates spatial maps and generates relational networks that reveal where, when, and how Western ideas, technologies, and practices entered China. Simultaneously, it uncovers how and through whom Chinese ideas, technologies, and practices were conveyed to the West.

This project breaks new ground in providing quantifiable data about modern Sino-Western relations. Its intuitive interface generates visualizations, lists, and maps for use by the general public, students and teachers in secondary education and colleges, in the US and globally, with English and Chinese navigation. Advanced DH users have open access to its data for elaboration. BU’s digital infrastructure guarantees long-term sustainability, and CHCD’s international collaborations in the USA, Asia, and Europe help promote historical understanding between China and the rest of the world.

The CHCD is hosted by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is a digital library that provides free electronic copies of Christian scripture and literature texts. 

Church Times

Newspaper covering the Church of England since 1863.

Classic Sermon Index

This database indexes over 52000 historic sermons by author, title, primary biblical text, and date. It includes topical indexing for over 20,000 of the sermons. Citations are hyperlinked to full text for 75% of the content.


Digital Karl Barth Library

This resource includes The Church Dogmatics in English and the original German, as well as the first 45 volumes of Barth's Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings.

Directory of Open Access Books

DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.


Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica is a comprehensive general encyclopedia with full-text articles and links to recommended websites on every topic.


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and research. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Content includes journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.



The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib) is a multilingual online library offering access free of charge to full-text articles, journals, books and other resources on theology, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in World Christianity. Participants also have the possibility to contribute their own documents to the library.


Hathi Trust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.


JSTOR Religion and Arts and Sciences III Collections

VTS' JSTOR subscription includes the Religion and Theology and Arts & Sciences III collections. These offer full-text electronic access to over 320 academic journals in religion, languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, feminist & women's studies, performing arts, and the history and study of art and architecture. Because JSTOR’s mission is archival, there is a gap, typically from one to five years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available.
BPL subscribes to only two of the collections in this resource, articles in other collections will give citation information only.


Kanopy Streaming Video

Includes many educational videos on religion and content from companies from PBS to the Great Courses, as well as classic and international film.


New Testament Abstracts

An electronic collection of abstracts of articles, reviews, and software and more than 18,900 book summaries related to New Testament studies.


Old Testament Abstracts

An electronic collection of abstracts of articles, essays, and software and more than 7,900 book summaries related to Old Testament studies.

Open Access Digital Theological Library

The Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) collects content in religious studies without regard for theological or confessional perspective. OADTL collections are composed primarily of books and articles. The collections are ecumenical, global, and interreligious and include materials in all languages (as long as that content meets the criteria listed).

OpenDissertations (EBSCO)

OpenDissertations is an open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. Created with the generous support of the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, it incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations, and features additional dissertation metadata contributed by select colleges and universities from around the world. Providing researchers with citations to graduate research across a span of time, from the early 20th century to the present, this database will continue to grow through regular updates and new partnerships with graduate degree-granting institutions.

Oxford African American Studies Center

This database provides a comprehensive collection of materials on the lives and events which have shaped African American history and culture, including primary source documents, articles, images, charts, maps, and tables.

Oxford Bibliographies - Biblical Studies

OBO offers annotated bibliographies of the best resources on topics in Biblical Studies. Contributors include VTS' Stephen L. Cook and John Yieh.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

58,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.

Oxford English Dictionary (the OED)

A complete text of the 2nd. ed. of the Oxford English dictionary (OED) with quarterly updates, including revisions not available in any other form.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online provides full-text resources for music research including full-text articles and biographies from the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.


Project Gutenberg

Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy.


APA PsycArticles®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1.


Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)

Ebsco Religion includes very timely coverage of recent full-text religion articles from 300 journals. It is supplementary to ATLA RDB, but can be searched simultaneously.

Religion Database (ProQuest)

ProQuest Religion provides indexing and full-text articles from 90 journals, magazines and newspapers in the field of religion. Coverage is 1986 - present, and indexing is very current.

Research in Ministry

This database indexes Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Missiology theses from schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Indexing began in 1981. Author, title, project advisor, institution, abstract and subject access are provided. Remote access is available to all. The interface was completely revamped for 2019.



A world-wide bibliographic database compiling the holdings of thousands of libraries. VTS patrons can use WorldCat to place electronic interlibrary loan requests. Includes ArticleFirst, a source of article citations on a wide range of subjects.