Free Online Databases

A Note About These Resources

These resources are provided because there can be a wealth of information in them. However, they have not been individually vetted or curated by LTS faculty and staff, and some of them contain material that is not scholarly in nature. Use caution browsing them, and when in doubt ask your professor or a librarian about the reliability of a particular source. That having been said, these can provide a good starting point for research, as they encompass a wide range of material.


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.
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education. Offered in PDF or HTML format.
Online encyclopedia that covers the many links between religion and societies. Managed by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
A comprehensive archive of data on religion, with tools for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers, with both American and international collections.
More than 6,000 articles and chapters. Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology of Religion, Communication and Cultural Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education. Searchable.
Presents summaries of current religion research to educate pastors, denominational leaders, religion reporters and the general public, and to assist the site’s users in understanding the use of statistics and poll data, designing church web sites, on searching the web for information, and the implications of the Internet on religious life.
Conducts surveys, demographic studies and other social science research to examine a wide range of issues concerning religion and society in the United States and around the world
A curriculum enrichment service offering teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter to students. Divining America: Religion in American History is designed to help teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States.
Transcriptions of public domain texts on religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric.
Lectionary, Scripture Study, Worship Links, and Resources.

A twice-yearly journal of contemporary spirituality that is published by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Washington Province.

Articles on people, places, and passages in the bible. Includes NRSV, CEVD, and KJV translations.
Digital collections from Tufts University covering the humanities, especially the Greco-Roman classics.

The primary focus of the project is to notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, but I will also include other kinds of networked information as it comes available. From Pattee Library at Penn State.

Journal that encourages a framework for critical reflection in a number of formation and ministry activities including: clinical pastoral education, supervision in pastoral counseling, supervised field education and formation in spiritual direction.


Promotes research in the history of ethics and moral theology, theoretical issues relating to the interplay of theology and ethics, methodology in ethical reflection and investigation, and comparative religious ethics.

A think tank serving international affairs professionals, teachers and students, and the attentive public. Resources covering current events and major questions in the field of ethics.
Serving international affairs professionals, teachers and students, and the attentive public, with the aim of helping individuals and groups explore the vast array of issues in bioethics

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) is an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering, and it advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.


Organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.

Contains versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.

A newsstand magazine on philosophy and the study of ideas, published bimonthly and aimed at both professionals and interested citizens.

A website where anyone can pose philosophical questions, and professional philosophers can provide answers.


A global research organization that covers more than 50 countries and covers the sustainable use of resources in order to better develop economies.

American History

Uses a variety of sources from textbook to primary sources, articles, and essays to create a number of interactive modules to explore American History.

 A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Politics and News

A non-governmental organization that informs and advocates for state legislatures.

A digital commons — much like Huffington Post — where users from a variety of specialties can write and publish articles and essays on news and politics.

News and current events from around the world.

General Resources

Project Gutenberg

Hathi Trust

The Online Books Page
The British Library

Google Books

Google Scholar