Compiles membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 world religions, churches, denominations, tribes, cultures, etc. Researchers can use this site to answer such questions as "How many Lutherans live in Wisconsin?", "What are the major religions of India?", or "What percentage of the world is Muslim?" Adherents.com also has detailed lists of influential and famous adherents of over 100 different religious groups (famous Methodists, Jews, Zoroastrians, etc.), and lists of prominent people (actors, politicians, authors, U.S. presidents, artists, Supreme Court justices, etc.) classified by religious affiliation. These lists are linked to thousands of detailed religious/spiritual biographies.
Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and named one of the best reference websites of 2010. It offers access to a great variety of resources, including reports in religion research, statistics, videos of worship services from diverse groups, and mapping features to locate congregations across the US. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world.
Reviews and ratings of Biblical, theological, and practical Christian works, not just commentaries.
Provides “free access on the Internet to the finest, most trustworthy biblical truths and materials” by a team of evangelical Christians.
- Christian Classics Etheral 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."
- DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
Covers over 10,000 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. It aims to cover all subjects and languages.
- ERIC: the Education Resources Information Center
A freely available online digital library of education research and information, which includes excellent resources in counseling. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. This database is included in the Western/Corban Library System.
- Free Full Text Religion Journals on the Internet
A rather comprehensive list of links to around 600 theological journals that are freely available in English on the web. The list is courtesy of Dr. John Jaeger of Dallas Baptist University.
- Global Digital Library of Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib)
This is a multilingual online library, offering access free of charge 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.
- Global Missiology
A quarterly publication on the world-wide mission of the Church. It offers “contributions from international researchers, practitioners and scholars who have a global perspective.” Select a language, then enter your terms in the “Search” box.
is a global network of persons and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, and online publishing.
- Google Scholar
“Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts, and articles.” Add Corban University to your "library links" (under settings) to obtain links to full texts of articles within our library databases.
- Internet Guide to Religion (Wabash Center)
A “selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion, including syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, and software.”
- IPL2: Internet Public Library 2
A gateway to bibliographies of free resources, but also includes encyclopedia articles and other online texts. Some areas to look at:
- <Newspapers & Magazines> (choose a place or search a title)
- <Resources by Subject>
- Arts and Humanities
- Religion & Theology
- Style & Writing Guides
- IPL FAQ Citing electronic information
Gives access to the Medscape, Medline, and Drug Reference databases, along with daily medical and psychological news and research. You may browse or search for an article but must sign in when you select one to read. (This requires a user id and password available by contacting the library.)
- Open Access Bible Commentaries Quick Search
Seth Allen (King University) developed a list of links
to online commentaries and Sally Shelton (ORU) developed a Google custom search engine for them. You can easily search through multiple sites with a single search. In performing a search, you may add a commentator's name to focus your results. For example, to find what Robertson says about the Greek word charis
(grace), key in the words: charis Robertson. Hebrew and Greek words may be searched in Hebrew or Greek, e.g. עַלְמָה, πνεῦμα, or by transliteration, e.g. alma, pneuma.
An online Bible resource site packed with the most Bibles and study resources found on the net, everything needed to help you in your study of God’s Word. And it is all free.
- Theological Commons
A digital Library of over 80,000 resources on theology and religion. Mainly public domain books, it also includes periodicals, audio recordings, and other formats.
- Theology on the Web
Seeks to make high quality theological material available throughout the world, it serves as a gateway to the following websites:
An encyclopedia of biblical Christianity. Browse a large topic, or enter specific search terms in the upper left search box.
- Thesaurus Lingue Graecae (TLG)
Offers access to the Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ), the premier lexicon for the study of ancient Greek. LSJ is fully integrated with all texts found in TLG, and will show snippets of context (in Greek) from the various resources cited.
- Tyndales’s Online Reading Rooms in Biblical-Theological Resources
Provides links to Open Access Resources, including books and web pages from around the web. Compiled by a professor at Tyndale Seminary in Ontario, these online reading rooms were designed to help make biblical-theological resources available to those without easy access to a theological library.
- Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library
A free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.
A worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9000 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.
"The most comprehensive online resource for your dictionary needs.”