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Finding Library Materials

Online Catalog (books, periodicals, audiovisual, etc.)
Use the catalog to login to your library account, renew items and check the status of inter-library loan books, and search for library materials.

I-Share Catalog
This catalog includes 80 academic libraries in Illinois, and allows patrons to place inter-library loan requests.

This catalog provides another way to search the CTU library catalog, and includes some access to articles. There is also a WorldCat Mobile version of the catalog. The WorldCat catalog contains the holdings of over 70,000 libraries, including libraries across Illinois. If you do not live in Illinois, you can use to see which libraries closest to you have the item you are looking for.

CRRA Catholic Portal
The Catholic Research Resources Alliance provides the Catholic Portal, a catalog of rare, unique and uncommon research materials relating to every aspect of the Catholic experience, which are held by college, university, and seminary libraries and archives in North America.

Catholic Newspapers Online
Includes over 200 current Catholic online publications, digital newspapers, and local web sites in North America arranged alphabetically and geographically.

Search here for information on archival collections at major research libraries.

A videostreaming service with more than 30,000 available films including documentaries and other instructional materials in religion and philosophy as well as many other subjects.

Finding Theses and Dissertations

Trove (Australasian Theses)
The National Library of Australia's Trove search can be used to find theses from major Australian universities, along with selected full text from some universities.

EThOS (UK Theses)
Many of these dissertations are available as free downloads, though there may be a fee for newer dissertations.

LA Referencia
Searches the institutional repositories of nine Latin American countries. Includes master's and doctoral theses.

RIM (Research in Ministry)
This index covers DMin and DMiss projects from reporting ATS schools.

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network)
Previews are available for documents that are available for download as E-Docs. Citations for CTU theses are available here, as well as some previews.

Searching Library E-Book Collections

For instructions about accessing e-books from off campus, please see Database Access Off Campus for more information. Many e-books can also be found in the library's catalog.

ACLS Humanities E-Books
This collection includes over 3700 e-books in the humanities.

Includes full-text articles from Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey as well as special collections materials and video lectures related to the Bible and archaeology. 

Black Thought and Culture
Includes major non-fiction works by African Americans.

Britannica Online
In addition to the Encyclopedia, Britannica includes tools to compare various aspects of different countries.

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The CMS Online includes a quick guide to basic citations.

Digitalia Hispanica
This database includes more than 13,000 documents in Spanish. The collection includes e-books and e-journals in religion and philosophy, psychology, literature, anthropology and the social sciences.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception
A research tool that provides the latest scholarship on the Bible and its reception history -- including the origins and development of the Bible in its different canonical forms in Judaism and Christianity as well as the many diverse religious, theological, aesthetic, and cultural contexts in which the Bible has been received and interpreted.

The largest online collection of documents on Chinese Christianity allows you to freely register and download more than 35,000 full-text documents on Chinese Christianity and culture in its various aspects. 
A comprehensive source for e-book research and management.  Includes all of CTU's e-book holdings covering a wide range of disciplines.

eRead Illinois
This collection of popular fiction and non-fiction includes e-books selected for all Illinois libraries, as well as religion titles selected by the library. Books in the collection are available for download to your computer or device for a period of 14 days.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of encyclopedias in the areas of theology and religion.

Human Rights Studies Online
This research and learning database from Alexander Street Press provides comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types.

JSTOR 19th Century British Pamphlets
A collection of thousands of pamphlets held by research libraries in the U.K.

An online book collection on general topics.

OED - Oxford English Dictionary
The online version of the OED includes regular updates.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online
This collection includes study Bibles, reference works, images and maps.

Oxford Bibliographies - Biblical Studies
These research guides combine the features of encyclopedias and annotated bibliographies.

Oxford Handbooks Online - Religion
These handbooks feature scholarly research reviews.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online
A collection of reference works and primary documents on Islamic studies and the Qur'an.

Oxford Reference Library
A collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference works from Oxford University Press.

Project Muse: Philosophy & Religion
A collection of full text books from many scholarly publishers such as Fordham University Press, the University of Notre Dame and the Franciscan Institute.

Sage E-Reference
This collection includes reference works in the areas of history, education, the health sciences and the social sciences.

Women and Social Movements in the United States
This collection includes primary documents related to the history of women in social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000.

Free E-Books

ABZU--Ancient Near East Texts on the Web
Includes primary texts digitized for the ETANA (Electronic Texts and Ancient Near Eastern Archives) project. the Bible in Over 100 Versions
A concordance to multiple Bible versions, including the KJV and the NIV.

Online Bible Study Tools (includes NRSV and Douay-Rheims Bibles)
Includes a basic commentary, as well as concordances to multiple Bible versions, such as NRSV and Douay-Rheims.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
A full text collection of classic texts from the church fathers to the nineteenth century.

Google Books
Includes full views of books in the public domain, and limited previews of select books.

HathiTrust Digital Library
This collection of books from university libraries includes many full text works in the public domain.

Internet Archive Digital Library
A freely available library of texts, audio and video.

Online Books Page from UPenn
A guide to freely available full text books.

Open Library eBook Lending Library
The Open Library catalog includes public domain full text books, as well as a lending library of ebooks that can be borrowed for two weeks.

Theological Commons
This collection, maintained by Princeton Theological Seminary, is a digital library of over 80,000 resources on theology and religion.