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Begin your Research – starting with WorldCat Discovery Service, you will find books and journals owned at the Stafford Library as well as journal articles, book reviews, abstracts, and other fulltext resources.

eBook Religion collection by EBSCO

Online Journals (EBSCO) – a powerful online subscription reference system accessible via the Internet.  Clicking above will by default search the following databases though you can custom tailor your search: Philosopher’s Index with Full Text, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, Old Testament Abstracts, New Testament Abstracts, Fuente Académica, Religion and Philosophy Collection, and Academic Search Premier.  There are many more databases to choose from, once in the system.


American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 – includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. The content in American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 represents the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) – ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world.

ATLA Digital Library (beta) – The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Digital Library brings together into one portal digital collections held by theological and religious studies libraries and organizations. It provides a single point of entry to these digital primary source materials, regardless of the location of the resources.

ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Series 1 & 2 provides religious and theological literature from the late 13th century to 1922. Series 1 includes monographs prior to the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, while Series 2 covers 1893 through 1922. This resource is vital for scholars seeking to understand religious thought and practice, particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Preserved and curated by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), this collection contains more than 29,000 titles and features over 50 languages, including German, Italian, and Spanish. Topics covered include church life, demographics, doctrinal disputes, higher criticism, Judeo-Christian religions, Non-Western religions, and social movements.

Auto Repair Reference Center – (Automate) is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information and contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis.  All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians. 

Biblioteca Generale della Custodia di Terra Santa – The new General Library of the Custody of the Holy Land , located in the Convent of San Salvatore in Jerusalem, has two rooms dedicated to the study and consultation of the volumes preserved in it; the library is for consultation only and with closed shelves. There are over 100,000 items digitized on their website for discovery.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library – The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education. CCEL texts are stored in their own Theological Markup Language, which is an XML application. Texts are converted automatically into other formats such as HTML or PDF. HTML-based readings are free, while PDF formats usually have an associated fee.

Consumer Health Complete – (CHC) is EBSCO’s interface designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

Corpus Thomisticum – This database  is a freely-accessible project provided by Roberto Busa and associates in collaboration with Fundación Tomás de Aquino, IBM, CAEL, Universidad de Navarra. The project provides access to the complete works of Thomas Aquinas, with a bibliography covering all studies on Aquinas and his doctrine, from the 13th century to present. Texts are in Latin and instructions are in English.

Denominations of Protestantism – The E. M. White Library at Louisville Seminary has a LibGuide called “Denominations” that covers all of the major Protestant groups in the US.  The guide provides a quick introduction and links to more than 80 denominations.

Denver Catholic Register Historical Archives – Search the digital archives of the Denver Catholic Register beginning with the very first issue, published March 17, 1900. In addition, the Historical Archives include copies of the newspaper which preceeded the Register, the Colorado Catholic (1892-1898).

Digital Theological Library (Open Access) – The mission of Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is to curate high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections. The OADTL uses the world’s most advanced integrated library system (ILS) for cataloging and discovery. This system, OCLC’s WorldShare, makes content easily discoverable and retrievable. The OADTL is staffed by professional librarians and curates content without regard for theological or confessional perspective. It is hoped that the increased access to high-quality religious studies content will serve scholars and students of religion.

Digital Vatican Library – DigiVatLib aims to digitize the entire Library’s collection of manuscripts: 80,000 codices (excluding the archival units) mostly from Middle Age and the Humanistic period. The project, started in 2010, focuses on two purposes: the long-term preservation of high resolution images and the online digital library.

Early Church Fathers – Is a 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church. This collection is divided into three series, the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers. The Early Church Fathers on CD-ROM are available only on computers in the Library. The database is also available online from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, click here.

Documenta Catholica Omnia – Includes access to some texts in the following sets: Patrologia Latina ; Patrologia Graeca / JP Migne — Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova Amplissima Collectio / JD Mansi — Bibliotheca Latina Mediae et Infimae Aetatis / JA Fabricius — Monumenta Germaniae Historica — Magnum Bullarium Romanum / Cherubini Laerzio — Acta Graeca Medii Aevi / Miklosich-Mueller — Veterum Scriptorum Collectio / Martene-Durand — Glossarium Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis / Du Cange — Historiens des Croisades / Coaevi Historici — Acta Sanctorum / Societé des Bollandistes — Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae / CSHB — Reliquae Collectiones Monumentaque.

Index Theologicus – articles and essays in selected works from 1979 to the present and hosted by the University of Tübingen. IxTheo contains citations from 600+ journals in addition to Festschriften and congress publications. Substantial overlap with ATLA Religion Database but does include European content not covered by ATLA Relgiion Database.

International Marian Research Institute – Hosted by the University of Dayton, this is an encyclopedic tool for information on Mary, the Mother of Christ.

John Duns Scotus Online – Biographies, web resources, articles, and writings of Bl. John Duns Scotus fully linked and freely available.

JSTOR (Religion & Theology, A&S XIII, and Limited Open Access) – In addition to the subscription collections known as Religion & Theology as well as the interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences XIII collection, there is also free access to early journal content available to the public for reading and downloading. Includes nearly 500,000 articles in more than 200 journals on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere. Results appear in JSTOR directly search results as well as the library’s catalog.

Legal Information Reference Center – (LIRC) contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.  This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.

Library of Latin Texts – is a full-text database of modern critical editions of Latin classical, patristic, and medieval Christian writers including the entire corpus of ancient Latin literature up to the second century A.D. The database also contains a significant amount of Neo-Latin Literature (after 1500) including decrees from modern ecumenical councils up to Vatican II and sixteenth century translations into Latin of important medieval works. Library of Latin Texts is available for use in the Library with help from a staff member.

Ministry Matters – Ministry Matters is a magazine, a reference library, and a social network. Cardinal Stafford Library offers complete access to Ministry Matters Library content, including the entire New Interpreters® line of reference materials-the New Interpreters® Bible, 12 volumes, the New Interpreters® Dictionary, 5 volumes, the Works of John Wesley: Bicentennial Edition with complete notes and commentary, children’s & youth ministry resources and more! The reference library includes tens of thousands of pages of resources: Bible reference materials, homily helps, and worship elements.  The magazine portion consists of articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts, and This Sunday worship and preaching content. Ministry Matters is available only on computers on campus.  Ministry Matters is available only on computers on campus.

myHeritage Library Edition – is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. MyHeritage Library Edition provides library users with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. Remote access and a mobile-friendly interface make it the most convenient genealogy product for libraries and institutions.

National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly – The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly addresses the ethical, philosophical, and theological questions raised by the rapid pace of modern medical and technological progress. It is the official journal of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, an organization dedicated to research and analysis on moral issues arising in health care and the life sciences. The Quarterly seeks to foster intellectual inquiry on moral issues by publishing articles that address the ethical, philosophical, theological, and clinical questions raised by the rapid pace of modern medical and technological progress. This journal is available only on computers on campus.

NoveList – is a comprehensive readers’ advisory solution for fiction lovers. With its intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList will help you to answer the question of what to read next.

Points of View – Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

Project Muse – Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Currently, the Library maintains subscriptions to five titles in this collection and the key title that SJV has full-text access to is The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review.

Religious & Theological Abstracts – This database provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology from 1948 on.  It currently abstracts more than 400 journals, with summaries produced by a team of scholars from around the world. Coverage includes journals relating to Christianity, Judaism, and other world religions. Religious & Theological Abstracts is available only on computers on campus.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – (SERRC) contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer ( These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly are covered. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. Detailed and user-friendly content is provided in high-quality PDF files. Many documents contain photos and detailed illustrations to visually support step-by-step procedures.

Thomas Aquinas in English – Includes the works of St. Thomas Aquinas — in English — the following works: Theological Syntheses • Commentaries on Scripture • Commentaries on Aristotle • Commentaries on Neoplatonic Texts • Disputations • Polemical Writings • Other Authentic Works • Works of Uncertain Authenticity • Spurious Works • Abbreviations Explained for Non-Latinists • Latin Texts & Aids

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae – The TLG Digital Library contains virtually all ancient Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, and a large number of texts deriving from the period between A.D. 600 and 1453.  Coverage is fulltext from the 8th century B.C. – 1453 A.D. with no citations and no abstracts. Thesaurus Linguae Graecae is available for use in the Library with help from a staff member.

Unbound Bible – Hosted by Biola University in La Mirada, California, the Unbound Bible is a collection of searchable Bibles with various English versions; Greek; Hebrew; ancient translations; & dozens of other languages.  Also included are mapping features, and the ability to display the Bible side by side in multiple translations.