Whether you are an alum or a current student, open access to primary and secondary resources in Religion and Theology is always convenient! Quality editions will not be free, but you can always check our library to follow up on your research. Meanwhile, you can have a head start here. Enjoy!
In putting together this LibGuide, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the depth, breadth, and wealth of e-resources on the categories covered in this annotated bibliography. More and more academic institutions are working on digitization projects and are providing open electronic full-text searchable collections not only to their patrons, but to everyone willing to read. This means that primary sources in both original languages and in translation are becoming increasingly free and accessible to everyone. I conclude that general, college-level research in the area of Religion and Theology can be done more or less with free Internet resources. However, graduate research cannot be handled on-line only, without access to some proprietary academic research resources such as ATLA religion databases, and biblical exegetical software.
What if all paper books would disappear overnight from our libraries? Or what if a global pandemic will close our library doors? Would we have enough e-resources to conduct instruction and research without our dependable paper-based materials? We might not be in the utterly misfortunate situation of the ancient Library of Alexandria which lost most of its treasures due to an unforgiving fire. Our problem, however, is rather convenience, as more and more library users prefer instant access to e-resources rather than limited access to paper copies. Given this undeniable reality, one wonders what would it take to shift completely to an academic e-library environment? Is this even possible? If so, what would an academic e-library for Religion and Theology look like?
This LibGuide attempts to serve undergraduate students in Religion (BA) as well as graduate students in theological research and vocational programs (M.A. M.T.S., M.Div., D.Min.). Below are a few samples of e-resources for Religion and Theology together with a brief description of each individual source, followed by the search engine or url to access it.