History of Religions

This page contains links to both subscribed resources available through the Archibald Library and recommended free resources.

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Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. It contains a wide range of journal articles and other literature across virtually all academic disciplines.

ACLS Humanities E-Book

This electronic resource includes about 4,500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching, with a particular focus on history titles.

ATLA Religion Database with Serials

ATLA Religion Database with Serials indexes articles and essays in religious, biblical, and theological studies. In history it is best used for the history of Christianity and the history of Judaism.

E-books on EbscoHost (formerly NetLibrary)

This collection contains over 150,000 full-length e-books in virtually every academic discipline, with significant representation in history. The database allows for searching within the text of the books as well as title and subject searching.

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Expanded Academic ASAP

Expanded Academic is a multi-disciplinary database of journal articles, with over 2,000 journals not represented in other library databases.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This collection of electronic reference works includes several important encyclopedias related to religious history.

JSTOR (Arts & Science I, II, III, & V)

JSTOR provides access to back issues of important journals in the arts and sciences. The library currently has access to four of their arts and science collections. Subject areas covered include: humanities, social sciences, business, music, and language.

Recommended Free Databases and Internet Sources:

Al-Quantara (note: page may load in Spanish. Look for ENGLISH link on centre right of page.)
Journal published twice a year, devoted to the study of classical Islamic civilization up to the 17th century, with special emphasis on Western Islam.

Book of Abraham Project (Document Archive - Mormonism)
Documents about The Church of Latter Day Saints: history, important people, publications etc.

Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity
Articles that locate Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in a number of contexts including Canadian religious history, North American Pentecostalism, and global society.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library (Document Archive)
A digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books. (html and pdf)

Digital Book Index
Links to thousands of full-text digital books from commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. Most of these books, texts, and documents are free.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.

French and Spanish Missions in NA (Maps and Documents)
An online interactive book including maps, historical overview, the bibliography, and web links.

Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism
A multilingual online library offering access to more than 650,000 full-text articles, journals, books and other resources. Its focus is on theology, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in world Christianity.

Google Books
Access part or all of hundreds of thousands of books from university library collections. Google books can also be a great way to search inside books held in the Archibald Library's print collection.

Google Scholar
Access scholarly literature in various forms including journal articles and conference papers.
Also track citations of specific works.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
Digitized book and journal content including both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as various public libraries.

Internet History Sourcebooks (Document Archive)
A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts.

Journal of Southern Religion
A free scholarly journal devoted to the study of religion in the American South.

Open Library
An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.

Post-Reformation Digital Library (Document Archive)
A database of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.). Some Late medieval and patristic works are also included.

Project Gutenberg (Document Archive)
Thousands of public domain ebooks (copyright free).

Project Wittenberg (Document Archive)
Texts (from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links) by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans.