For an A-Z list of databases, see this page.

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. Access it here.


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

ACLS Humanities E-Books

This collection includes over 3700 e-books in the humanities.

Biblical Archaeology Society Library

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

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading 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.

Online Chinese Christianity Collection

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.

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.

eRead Illinois

A comprehensive source for e-book research and management.  Includes all of CTU’s e-book holdings covering a wide range of disciplines.

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.

ProQuest Ebook Central

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.

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.

EThOS (UK Theses)

Many of these dissertations are available as free downloads, though there may be a fee for newer dissertations.

LA Referencia

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

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network)

TREN 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.

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.

RIM (Research In Ministry)

This index covers DMin and DMiss projects from reporting ATS schools.


Kanopy is 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.