Church History & Theology Databases

GCTS libraries offer students, staff and faculty a host of online databases to help with research needs. Below is a list of databases particularly useful for church history and theology.

See also the complete list of databases as well as databases by subject: Biblical Studies | Church History & Theology | Counseling & Psychology | Pastoral Ministry & Preaching

Click the Link Icons* to access each database or click the Tutorial Icons* to access tutorials. Click the + Database Title for descriptions of each database.

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ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

Compiled by the American Theological Library Association, ATLA Religion Database covers Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. Supplemented with ATLASerials, this database contains over 55,000 full-text journal articles and book reviews from international titles and multi-author works in the field of religion. Coverage begins in 1946 and continues to the present. This is a selection from the 1.2 million records in the ATLA Religion Index.

Alumni/ae can access full-text periodicals that are indexed in ATLASerials through ATLAS for Alum.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

This database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 370,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith. Coverage in the database dates back to 1981.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library  

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) seeks to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.

Christian Periodical Index

Published by the Association of Christian Librarians, CPI provides access to English language articles and reviews from an evangelical perspective.  The electronic version of the Christian Periodical Index includes most titles from 1976 to the present.

Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts  

The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts gives researchers immediate, Web-based access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. With new content uploads occurring on a weekly basis, the database offers a constantly growing treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, and polemical treatises written by more than 300 Protestant authors.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

Over 700 theological titles and hundreds more are now through NetLibrary in full-text. An list of subjects in Library of Congress call number order is available. All Netlibrary books available to the GCTS community are searchable at eBooks on EBSCOhost. To access these ebooks, either perform a search for your desired topic, author, or title at the eBooks on EBSCOhost site (after logging into EZproxy), or navigate to the appropriate subject group and click the direct title link.

EThOs - British Library Electronic Theses Online  

The aim of EThOS is to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education. Search for existing UK theses, and either read or request the full-text of many theses.

Index Theologicus

This allegro database contains document descriptions from more than 600 periodicals and from Festschriften and congress publications. It is updated every night and represents the state of the preceding work day. Full-text of older German theological periodicals (DigiTheo).

iPreach (now called "Ministry Matters")  

The Ministry Matters Library offers the finest in contemporary biblical study and preaching resources to pastors and teachers. This extensive collection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and other reference works provides a breadth of substantial, searchable materials with which to prepare sermons and lessons—all in one place. Resources include The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter's Bible, the Abingdon Old and New Testament Commentaries, and the New Testament in Context commentaries.

JSTOR  

JSTOR provides full-text access to core academic journals. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to the Arts & Sciences collections III, IV & V. These collections include journals in languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, the history and study of art and architecture, business, education, law,  psychology, public policy and administration, philosophy, history, and classics.

Loeb Classical Library (Trial Access)  

The Loeb Classical Library presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture ? in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

Logos Bible Software Available on library computers only. Check with library staff for more details.  

Bible study software providing access to almost 10,000 titles, including commentaries, dictionaries and original language texts. The Goddard Library currently has Logos 3.0 installed on library workstations, and the Lindsell Library has 4.0 installed.

Ministry Matters (formerly called "iPreach")  

The Ministry Matters Library offers the finest in contemporary biblical study and preaching resources to pastors and teachers. This extensive collection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and other reference works provides a breadth of substantial, searchable materials with which to prepare sermons and lessons—all in one place. Resources include The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter's Bible, the Abingdon Old and New Testament Commentaries, and the New Testament in Context commentaries.

Oxford Reference  

The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf provides Gordon-Conwell students, faculty and staff access to a range of high-quality award winning reference works published by Oxford University Press. These titles are fully searchable, and the articles include bibliographies pertinent to each subject covered. Titles include:

Patrologia Latina Database (PLD)  

The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are included.

Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL)  

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select database that organizes the vast array of publicly available digital sources on the development of theology and philosophy during the early modern era (late 15th-18th c.). The PRDL spans collections from major research libraries, independent scholarly initiatives, and corporate documentation projects. With the proliferation of sources scattered across various digital libraries, it can be difficult for the individual scholar to find or keep track of all the new content that is appearing daily. The PRDL is a response to the challenge of curation arising from this situation, and is collaborative effort to organize this content for scholars of early modern theology and philosophy. The PRDL does not directly host digital copies of sources, but rather assembles links to publicly available sources from permanent collections.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses — Full Text  

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full Text (Humanities & Social Sciences Collection) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT — Full Text includes millions of searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

ProQuest Religion  

ProQuest Religion is an indispensable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 220 journals, with most of them available with full-text. The content is full-text, scholarly, and designed to meet the needs of both religious studies programs and general library collections.

Religion & Philosophy Collection

This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Religious & Theological Abstracts  

Religious & Theological Abstracts (R&TA) provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. The dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research. You can cite fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in our Archives (every entry contains a link to its complete archival history, identifying the fixed edition the reader should cite).

Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary)  

The Theological Commons is a digital initiative of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Begun in 2011, its purpose is to improve access to the digital and non-digital material held in the Library and, in particular, to bring Princeton Seminary?s digital collections together in a single more convenient framework, making searching and viewing of those collections easier and quicker.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon PDF Tutorial Available

TLG offers access to the Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ), the premier lexicon for the study of ancient Greek. Through the proxied link given above, LSJ is fully integrated with all texts found in TLG.

The LSJ is also available to everyone without a need of a proxy server, though the access to the TLG corpus is limited to snippets of text.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) Texts PDF Tutorial Available

The TLG Digital Library contains virtually all Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600 and the majority of surviving works up the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453.

The TLG Translation Guide is available to assist users in finding English translations of more popular texts found in TLG.

Theses Canada - Library and Archives Canada  

The mission of Theses Canada is to acquire and preserve a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada, to provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world. Its mission to preserve this portion of Canada's bibliographic heritage is achieved through collaboration with the many Canadian universities who participate in the program.

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network) PDF Tutorial Available

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions.

Wabash Center  

A selected, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.

William Sloan Coffin Sermon Archive  

This website is the home of the William Sloane Coffin Sermon Archive Project. It is truly a labor of love (a lot of labor; a lot of love) to digitally “Save Bill’s Voice.” Delivered from the Riverside Church pulpit over his ten years as senior minister, there are over 300 sermons in need of archiving to a digital format. It is my intention to transfer all of the sermons (and any other sermons I can find from around the country) from the deteriorating cassette tapes that are currently their home, not only to be made available on this website, but also to be stored with his papers at Yale University's Sterling Library. These digitized sermons could provide an enduring and invaluable resource for scholars, divinity school students, religious leaders and socially engaged activists around the world.

WorldCat PDF Tutorial

WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. With millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries, it is the largest and most comprehensive database of its kind. Simple keyword searches for books are available to all through WorldCat.org. More complex searches can be performed through FirstSearch (which requires and EZproxy login off-campus).

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Questions?

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