Library Resources for Alumni
Gordon-Conwell Libraries, in cooperation with Alumni Services, have put together a list of free research resources for Gordon-Conwell alumni. Be sure to investigate our "Featured Alumni Resources" listed below for access to high-quality, full-text articles in over 1,000 journals (see title list). If you have any questions, please contact the library staff.
Featured Alumni Resources
ATLAS for ALUM is an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Gordon-Conwell alumni can read articles or research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present. Currently, alumni are able to use ATLAS for ALUM as a search tool to retrieve articles in more than one-hundred different journals. For a list of journals included, view the ATLAS title list.
JSTOR (Alumni Access) provides full-text access to core academic journals. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to the Arts & Sciences collections III, IV & V. These collections include journals in languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, the history and study of art and architecture, business, education, law, psychology, public policy and administration, philosophy, history, and classics.
ProQuest Religion (Alumni Access) is an indispensable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 220 journals, with many of them available in full-text.
Free Alumni Resources
The resources listed below have been chosen for their usefulness to theological research. If you have any suggestions for other helpful resources, please let us know.
Description of Free Alumni Resources
BiBIL (Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne) is the bibliographical database produced by the University of Lausanne's Institut romand des sciences bibliques (IRSB – Insitute for Biblical Studies of the French speaking part of Switzerland). It offers the scholar reliable, constantly increased and freely available information on publications in the field of Biblical research. BiBIL is a comprehensive database on Biblical and related studies.
BILDI (Documentation for Biblical Literature Innsbruck) includes classified documentation on biblical and biblical-archaeological literature, published in articles, collected works and monographs; since 1990 partly with references to book reviews.
The Christian Classics Ethereal 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.
ERIC - Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
The aim of British Library Electronic Theses Online (EThOS) is to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education. Search for existing UK theses, and either read or request the full-text of many theses.
Google Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on Google.com. When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, Google will link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. The partners ensure the reliability and efficiency of the digital library by relying on community standards and best practices, developing policies and procedures to manage content and services at scale, and maintaining a modular, open infrastructure.
The Index Theologicus database contains document descriptions from more than 600 periodicals and from Festschriften and congress publications. It is updated every night and represents the state of the preceding work day. Full-text of older German theological periodicals (DigiTheo).
The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
Under development since 1987, Perseus covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world. Perseus is a free online resource that contains some many ancient Greek writings with the ability to search the Greek text. Perseus also contains several helpful lexicons of both Greek and Latin.
The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select database that organizes the vast array of publicly available digital sources on the development of theology and philosophy during the early modern era (late 15th-18th c.). The PRDL spans collections from major research libraries, independent scholarly initiatives, and corporate documentation projects. With the proliferation of sources scattered across various digital libraries, it can be difficult for the individual scholar to find or keep track of all the new content that is appearing daily. The PRDL is a response to the challenge of curation arising from this situation, and is collaborative effort to organize this content for scholars of early modern theology and philosophy. The PRDL does not directly host digital copies of sources, but rather assembles links to publicly available sources from permanent collections.
RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies - is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library, a world center for research on the Jewish people and Eretz Israel. The main criterion for inclusion in the bibliography is that the article be based on scientific research, or contain important information for such research. Since the inception of this bibliographic project in 1966, the editorial board has striven to include in it all of the important articles published throughout the world in the field of Judaica. Therefore, it includes offprints of articles from journals or collections not on order to the Library. Rambi also lists articles from secondary sources.
Research in Ministry (RIM) Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. The dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research. You can cite fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in our Archives (every entry contains a link to its complete archival history, identifying the fixed edition the reader should cite).
Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) 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.
Thesaurus Linguae 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.
The mission of Theses Canada (Library and Archives Canada) is to acquire and preserve a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada, to provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world. Its mission to preserve this portion of Canada's bibliographic heritage is achieved through collaboration with the many Canadian universities who participate in the program.
The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology provides an encyclopedia on ancient Egyptian history and culture with peer-reviewed articles from the world's leading Egyptologists, archaeologists, linguists, art historians, geologists, and others. Topics include scarabs, Osiris and the deceased, famine, and cordage production. Search, or browse papers by year. The articles are in English, each with an abstract in Arabic.
The Valley of the Shadow is an electronic archive of two communities in the American Civil War—Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennyslvania. The Valley Web site includes searchable newspapers, population census data, agricultural census data, manufacturing census data, slaveowner census data, and tax records. The Valley Web site also contains letters and diaries, images, maps, church records, and military rosters. The Valley project is a University of Virginia research project funded in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities.
The Wabash Center is aselected, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.
The William Sloan Coffin Sermon Archive is the home of the William Sloane Coffin Sermon Archive Project. It is truly a labor of love (a lot of labor; a lot of love) to digitally “Save Bill’s Voice.” Delivered from the Riverside Church pulpit over his ten years as senior minister, there are over 300 sermons in need of archiving to a digital format. It is my intention to transfer all of the sermons (and any other sermons I can find from around the country) from the deteriorating cassette tapes that are currently their home, not only to be made available on this website, but also to be stored with his papers at Yale University's Sterling Library. These digitized sermons could provide an enduring and invaluable resource for scholars, divinity school students, religious leaders and socially engaged activists around the world.
WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 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.