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.
Reviews and ratings of Biblical, theological, and practical Christian works
provides “free access on the Internet to the finest, most trustworthy biblical truths and materials.”
- 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 6900 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. It aims to cover all subjects and languages. Browse a specific subject category to view journals available in that area, i.e., “Philosophy and Religion.”
- ERIC: the Education Resources Information Center
is 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.
- Free Full Text Religion Journals on the Internet
is a rather comprehensive list of 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 Missiology
provides quarterly updates 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.
- Google Scholar
“provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts, and articles.”
- Internet Guide to Religion (Wabash Center)
is 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
is 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.)
is 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.
- The ARDA
was 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.
- 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.
- Theology on the Web
proposes to make high quality theological material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries. It provides detailed bibliographies, reprints rare and out-of-print theology books and articles, and provides translations of theological articles in a number of languages. Click on a broad subject to the left for a list of titles, and click on an individual title for full text or to go to Amazon.com to order. It is made up of the following websites:
provides detailed bibliographies on each book of the Bible, as well as on hermeneutics, archaeology, criticism, language, etc. - almost everything connected with the Bible and its study.
provides material on a range of theologies and theologians, as well as specific doctrines such as the Trinity. The section on practical theology seeks to provide material on how theology is applied in daily life, in such areas as politics and ethics.
will cover early church history until the rise of the medieval Papacy (c.600 AD).
covers church history from the rise of the Papacy to the time of the Reformation.
provides material relating to the archaeology of the lands of the Bible.
is an encyclopedia of biblical Christianity. Browse a large topic, or enter specific search terms in the search box, upper right.
- 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
is 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.
is “the most comprehensive online resource for your dictionary needs.”