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Librarian for Religious and Theological Internet Resources

Marie Byers, Assistant Librarian for Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee and Librarian, NationsUniversity®

NationsUniversity® strives to provide its students with the latest resources available on the Internet. These resources are essential for the student to better understand the material and to better serve you the student. is an online reading and study platform developed by LifeWay Christian Resources offering a wealth of free world-class Bible and reference resources and a growing library of thousands of ebook titles.

NationsUniversity® and MyStudyBible are working together to offer digital access to growing number of textbooks for this cloud-based platform, giving you access to your personal digital library from any web-enabled device.

Some of the basic features include:

¢ Scripture references in textbooks are linked to mouse over and see the referenced verse
¢ Scripture references in textbooks drive cross references, retrieving every other commentary article, dictionary article, and word study that reference the same verse
¢ Point-and-see word studies show Greek and Hebrew root words and definitions
¢ Audio pronunciation of names, difficult Bible words, and Greek and Hebrew root words
¢ Highlight, bookmark, and create personal notes attached to any piece of content
¢ Organize personal notes by title or key words
¢ Print notes, or export to Word, PDF, or text file
¢ Open multiple volumes at one time, sync volumes, or open a volume in a new window
¢ Smart phone mobile interface for reading on the go
¢ Access to a growing library of more than 10,000 volumes
¢ Content rentals of some volumes as low as $.99 for 24-hours

Set up a free account at where you can begin building your personal digital library.

Glossary of Religious Terms

A web site that has definitions of common religious terms at

Dictionaries -

Bible dictionaries are one of the most practical and useful theological reference books available. The combination of definitions and proper names for Biblical words with online verse reference, allows users to define and analyze Scripture. Discover the meaning of words and study them in context to the theological concepts of that specific verse or passage.





Religious Studies Web Guide
This directory maintained by Saundra Lipton (University of Calgary) arranges Internet resources under the following headings: resources arranged by format (bibliographies, images, indexes, texts, etc.), resources organized by religious group/selected topics, and other useful Web sites for the academic study of religion.


WorldCat is a database containing records representing holdings of libraries worldwide (over 90% of these are books). Indicates libraries that hold the book. It also includes article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. is the largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies. Their rich online library includes well known and trusted commentaries, lexicons, and dictionaries, that will supplement your study of God's Word as you seek to understand the different translations and interpret the original language.


Open Library (NEW LINK)
To date, we have gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way. Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution.


Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. 

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of ERIC is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public. Education research and information are essential to improving teaching, learning, and educational decision-making.


Religious Studies Web Guide

This directory maintained by Saundra Lipton (University of Calgary) arranges Internet resources under the following headings: resources arranged by format (bibliographies, images, indexes, texts, etc.), resources organized by religious group/selected topics, and other useful Web sites for the academic study of religion.


Internet Archive Lending Library

A collection of e-books which may be "checked out" for two weeks to registered users. Among categories of interest are books on the Bible, Spirtual Life, Jesus Christ, Christianity, Missions, and Church History.


e-Sword is a feature rich and user friendly free Windows app with everything needed to study the Bible. e-Sword HD initially installs with the King James Bible and the King James with Strong's numbers study Bible, the Strong's Lexicon, Smith's Bible dictionary, and the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross references. There are over one hundred additional Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, reference books and devotionals that you can download and add to your library 



One of the top Christian sites. Links are categorized under the following headings: graphics, ecards, bible trivia & games, online community, Christian shopping, church supplies, and search. The drop-down menu under "search links to verse and word searches from 6 English versions and to "Web Search, which provides links to top Christian Web sites arranged by subject.

Resources are organized by topic. Click on "topics to get list.

Began operation in 1998 with aim to offer "everything for the Christian community. Now is the leading provider of Christian online streaming on the Internet.


Harding School of Theology Web site

In the drop-down menu under "library is a link to Quest, the HST online library catalog, and instructions for its use. There is also a link to 30 "Research Guides, which are annotated subject bibliographies distributed to students in Advanced Theological Research. These are revised every summer. Many contain hotlinks to Web sites or Internet resources (e.g., on the "Commentaries guide is a hotlink to "Commentary Recommendations for Ministers).

RightNow Media has a huge library with thousands of video sessions that people can access anytime, anywhere.   RightNow Media Originals featuring teaching from respected teachers and ministers with exclusive streaming sources.  They also distribute video resources produced by over 100 other major Christian publishers and ministries.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOA)
Free, full-text journal articles. Under the Philosophy and Religion section, there are 142 philosophy titles and 70 journal titles.


McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry
The McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry is an electronic and print journal that seeks to provide pastors, educators, and interested lay persons with the fruits of theological, biblical, and professional studies in an accessible form. Published by McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, it continues the heritage of scholarly inquiry and theological dialogue represented by the College's previous print publications.

TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism
This site is a peer reviewed electronic journal”all free. Also links to other textual criticism pages.

Journal of Religion and Society
A free, full-text journal. The journal promotes the study of religious groups and beliefs among the various peoples of the world, past and present, with emphasis on American religions and Western religious traditions.

Bulletin for Biblical Research

The Institute for Biblical Research, Incorporated (IBR) is an organization which strives to foster excellence in the pursuit of Biblical Studies within a faith environment. Several publications reflecting biblical research and showcasing IBR's various forums for association adn study are open to the public and its publications are available for purchase.



A Web-based, free content encyclopedia project, which began in 2001. In July 2010 it contained 3,342,290 articles in English. In July 2007 an average of 2,200 articles a day were added; this dropped to 1,300 daily in August 2009. Articles are "written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world (just under 500,000 contribute to the site in some way) and most can be edited by anyone who has access to the Internet. The hyperlinks found within the articles and within the bibliographies enhance the usefulness of the articles. Consult "About Wikipedia from the main page and click on "Researching with Wikipedia for information on the nature of this resource, its strengths & weaknesses, and how articles are refined and edited.

We urge caution when using Wikipedia, it is not authoritative but can be a good beginning point.



Theopedia is a growing online evangelical encyclopedia of biblical Christianity, a network of interconnected pages, constantly being refined and updated.