Resource Links for DTS Grads

How to connect to grad resources

DTS grads should use the links on this page to connect to databases. Do not use the links on student resource pages because they are authenticated differently and the software will block you if you attempt to connect through those student links.

When you click some of the links on this page you will be asked to login using your ID and the password you created. If you have a problem, contact You can read about it at

We have tried to select databases that link to open access online resources. But many of the following databases also link to online resources that are restrcted by paywalls, and also list old fashioned print books and journals. Read about how to obtain books and articles.

Key Resources

  • Atlas is a subset of Atla. Use your ID, and the password you created. If you have a problem, contact Atlas provides access to articles and book reviews from many major theological journals. It includes literature on Bible, theology, church history, pastoral ministries, world missions, and religion in general. Atlas focuses on scholarly theological literature but includes a sampling of non-scholarly publications about popular Christian culture and church life especially from the mainline Protestant viewpoint. Over 200,000 full-text articles are available online, plus about as many book reviews. This includes material from Bib Sac, JBL, JETS and hundreds of other journals. It has a unique scripture citation field for high precision searches.
  • DTS on WorldCat is a key resource for almost any topic. By default, it will list almost everything DTS Libraries offers (books and articles, print and online). However, if you pick the "Open Access" filter in the left column, it will list online resources that anyone can use without a login. That is a small portion of the library collection, but it is still helpful for DTS grads. So give it a try.
  • Search Seminary Bookshelf to see what's included. Subscribe to download content.
    Coverage. The Seminary Bookshelf is a terrific resource for DTS grads. As of Dec 2023, the Seminary Bookshelf describes itself as follows. "The Seminary Bookshelf is a comprehensive research library in religious studies. It is designed to provide religious professionals with a research library to support their personal growth and professional development. A unique resource, it provides members with access to a world-class research library in religious studies of over 1,300,000 eBooks (over 850,000 eBooks from the last 25 years, over 400,000 eBooks from the last 10 years, and over 125,000 eBooks from the last 5 years)." It also includes a significant number of journal articles.
    Eligibility and Cost. "Religious professionals" such as clergy, pastors, and chaplains, are eligible to subscribe to SB for a small monthly fee ($10/month as of Dec 2023). However, institutions, students in college or seminary, and faculty at any educational institution may not subscribe to SB. Further, subscription to SB is limited to individuals who live in North America. If you live outside North America, read about the Global DTL.
  • Open Access Digital Theological Library on WorldCat is a terrific resource for the general public. It links to thousands of books and millions(!!) of articles. Focus is religion, but articles include a lot of non-theological content. Everything listed is available free online. Compare OADTL to ATLAS. OADTL is bigger than ATLAS, but many of the most important journals in ATLAS are not in OADTL. Compare OADTL to the DTS Libraries catalog (above). Both are based on Worldcat. DTS is bigger. Nearly 100% of the items in OADTL are also in the DTS version of WorldCat (listed above). But OADTL is more convenient for grads because it is limited to items are are available free online.

Additional Databases

  • PubMed provides very full international coverage of scholarly literature in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and health care systems, 1950 to date. This includes extensive coverage of psychiatry, and significant but limited coverage of clinical psychology and practitioner counseling literature. It includes links to full-text articles for many journals. PubMed is based on MEDLINE.
  • ERIC cites and abstracts about 2 million items in the field of [secular] education, which include journal articles, ERIC documents, books, reports, etc. Covers all educational levels. Does not cover religious education per se. 1966 to the present. Utilizes ERIC thesaurus for subject headings. ERIC includes much full text and links many citations to the articles on publishers" web sites.
  • BILDI portion of Ix-Theo. BILDI (Documentation for Biblical Literature, Innsbruck) cites scholarly journal articles, essays, books and book reviews in several languages on a variety of biblical and theological topics from 1985 to date. Most items in BILDI are also in Atla, but BILDI provides more thorough coverage of European literature. There is both a German and an English Interface. Online help is available. BILDI is hosted by the University of Tübingen and is available to everyone at no cost.
  • BiBIL BiBIL (Bibliographie Biblique Informatisée de Lausanne=Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne) cites scholarly journal articles, essays, and monographs in several languages primarily on biblical topics but also on theology in general. Coverage from 1950-1985 is very incomplete, but from 1986 to date a significant number of important journals are included. Most works cited in BiBIL are also in Atla. BiBIL is hosted by the University of Lausanne and is available to everyone at no cost.

Free online Bible study tools

Free bible software is available everywhere. First there is software for bible reading. The YouVersion app for smartphones is very popular and good way to encourage daily bible reading. There are innumerable apps and websites that provide access to many different translations in many different languages. Then there is sofware for bible study. Most DTS grads purchase Logos or Accordance or similar software for heavy duty bible study. But sometimes grads want to point people to free online bible study tools that display and search in Greek and Hebrew. Here are some possibilities.

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Gateways to good web sites

  • Religious Studies Web Guide. Excellent annotated guide to library and Internet resources. Focuses on free (open-access) internet resources ( bibliographies/indexes, library and archive catalogues, dictionaries/encyclopedias, e-texts and journals) supporting the academic study of religion.
  • Websites on Religion provides links to religious and especially Christian Internet resources. Aims to serve needs of clergy and seminary faculty and students. This new-ish site is not yet mature.

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Free Online Resources
Through Your Local Library

Many states provide free online databases to state residents. Typically you must register with your local public library to gain access. If your state is not listed here check with your local public library or state libraries to see what is available.


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