New Databases

CTU on-campus users have access to trial subscription to the following databases. Off-campus access coming soon.


Encyclopaedia of Islam online including Second Edition, Atlas,  and Glossary. 


Index Islamicus: International classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. The Index Islamicus Online provides the reader with an effective overview of what has been published on a given subject in the field of Islamic Studies in its broadest sense. 


African American Historical Serials Collection  (EBSCOhost) A complete, centralized and accessible resource of formerly fragmentary, widely-dispersed and endangered materials. Titles were collected from 75 institutions, including small institutions that had not previously participated in preservation projects. Read more about what’s in it and check it out with the link above. 


Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918 (EBSCOhost) addresses the beliefs, practices, theology, spirituality, and history of Islam. Content includes biographies of the Prophet Muhammad, works comparing Christianity and Islam, key theological and philosophical texts (including the Quran), relevant mystical and spiritual works, and texts surveying the history of Islam. More information here


Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918 (EBSCOhost) An archive of publications covering Jewish culture and religious practice in the modern world. The collection touches on nearly every aspect of Judaism and Jewish culture and reflects the growth and change of the Jewish community. 

EBSCO Discovery Service

 EBSCO Discovery Service is a single place where you can search for journals, articles, and other electronic resources. The I-Share catalog has also been added to it. Contact Deb Winarski for help or to report EDS problems.

Quick Links

Login to My Library Account (for book renewals, library account management)

Search the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus

Search JSTOR

The Chicago Manual of Style Online includes a quick guide to basic citation



Ebook links in the catalog are in the process of being updated. If catalog links to ebooks don’t work, please try searching for the book you’d like directly on the ProQuest or EBSCO search pages (login required).


To register (or update) your CTU identification card for Library use, contact LaToya Thompson. For technical assistance accessing any electronic resources, contact Deb Winarski.

Online Catalog (books, periodicals, audiovisual, etc.)

Use the  new VuFind catalog to login to your library account, renew items and check the status of inter-library loan books, and search for library materials.

You can also still use the previous version of the catalog interface, where you can view any saved lists connected with your library account (sorry – those won’t be able to be transferred automatically to the new system).

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.


Learn about CTU’s publications, including Paul Bechtold Library Publications, Journal Of Asian/North American Theological Educators, and Theophilus.

New Theology Review was published in print from 1988 to 2011. Those volumes are available in the Library. Volumes from 2012-2018 were published electronically but are not currently available.

General Collections (Books, Journals, Newspapers)

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for nearly 7,300 peer-reviewed titles.

ACLS Humanities E-Books

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

ATLA DIgital Library

Digital collections from ATLA member institutions in one searchable interface. Contributing libraries include the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection, Princeton Theological Seminary LibraryYale University Divinity School Library, and Andover-Harvard Library (Harvard Divinity School). Click here to go to the main search interface.

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

A search engine for freely available academic content, including e-journals and institutional repositories. Available 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.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle is the premier news source for higher education.

Directory of Open Access Books

More than 11,000 books from 260 academic publishers. Accessible without login; books downloaded in PDF format.

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.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary)

An online book collection on general topics.

Google Books and Google Scholar

Google Books includes full views of books in the public domain, and limited previews of select books. Google Scholar focuses on scholarly literature, and can be linked to library holdings available in full text.

HathiTrust Digital Library

A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Free (no login required).

Internet Archive Digital Library

A freely available library of texts, audio and video.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO)

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

Newspaper Source

Provides cover-to-cover full text for 185 national (U.S.) & international newspapers, as well as selective full text for 392 regional (U.S.) newspapers. To use, click here.

Online Books Page from UPenn

A guide to more than 2 million 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.

Peeters Journals Online

Includes selected Peeters journals in philosophy and theology. Note that Peeters journals are only available from on campus.

Project MUSE

See Religion books in Project MUSE for a collection of full text books from 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 Journals Online

Sage Journals Online is a collection of full text humanities and social science journals.

Journal and Article Indexes


This index of over 16,000 journals covers many disciplines back to 1990.

Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature

An index of over 300 periodicals from 29 African countries.

Reference (Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Writing Tools)

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The CMS Online includes a quick guide to basic citations.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of encyclopedias focusing on religious studies and theology; also includes biography, history, multicultural studies, bioethics, and social science.

OED - Oxford English Dictionary

The online version of the OED includes regular updates.

Oxford Reference Library

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

Sage E-Reference

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

Religious Studies, Theology

ABZU - Ancient Near East Texts on the Web

ABZU includes primary texts digitized for the ETA NA (Electronic Texts and Ancient Near Eastern Archives) project. Free (no login required).

Australasian Religion Index

This index covers over 80 journals published in Australia and New Zealand, and covers religious studies, theology, history and sociology.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

CPLI is no longer a standalone product, but has been merged with other ATLA databases. You can access its records, along with new full text content, by searching ATLA Serials Plus.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

A full text collection of classic texts from the church fathers to the nineteenth century.

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.

Elenchus Bibliographicus

The online version of the annual bibliography printed in vols. 2-3 of the Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. Available only from on campus.

Index Theologicus

An index of more than 600 periodicals in the fields of theology and religion. Includes some full-text of older German theological periodicals.

Encyclopaedia of Islam Online

Encyclopaedia of Islam online (Brill), including Second Edition, Atlas,  and Glossary. 

Index to Jewish Periodicals

This index provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 220 journals.

Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology

Published here under the auspices of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).

Oxford Handbooks Online - Religion

These handbooks feature scholarly research reviews.


OriginsOnline publishes texts from the Vatican, Pope, bishops, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court and church leaders around the world. Only available on campus.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

A collection of reference works and primary documents on Islamic studies and the Qur’an.

Philosopher's Index

In addition to indexing over 570 journals in all fields of philosophy, this index includes citation for books, anthologies and book reviews.

RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies

A selective bibliography compiled from from thousands of periodicals.

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Religious and Theological Abstracts provides both citations and abstracts for journal articles in theology and religion.

Riviste Online

An index to Italian language theological literature.

Theological Commons

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

Biblical Studies

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.

Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne - BiBIL

Indexes books, journal articles, essays and collective works acquired by the University Library of Lausanne and some other university libraries in Switzerland. Offers links to freely available journal articles. Search interface in French. Available here.

BibleGateway: the Bible in Over 100 Versions

A concordance to multiple Bible versions, including the KJV and the NIV. Free (no login required).

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.

New Testament Abstracts

New Testament Abstracts indexes articles in New Testament studies.

Old Testament Abstracts

Includes citations to articles in Old Testament studies. Click here to access.

Online Bible Study Tools

Includes a basic commentary, as well as concordances to multiple Bible versions, such as NRSV and Douay-Rheims. Available here.

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.


African American Historical Serials Collection

African American Historical Serials Collection (EBSCOhost) A complete, centralized and accessible resource of formerly fragmentary, widely-dispersed and endangered materials. Titles were collected from 75 institutions, including small institutions that had not previously participated in preservation projects.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

The database contains more than 32,000 bibliographic entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.


Full text of Harper’s Weekly from 1857-1912.

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.

Islam in the Modern World

Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918 (EBSCOhost) addresses the beliefs, practices, theology, spirituality, and history of Islam. Content includes biographies of the Prophet Muhammad, works comparing Christianity and Islam, key theological and philosophical texts (including the Quran), relevant mystical and spiritual works, and texts surveying the history of Islam.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

CTU users can access include ITER, a bibliography of more than 1.3 million citations for secondary source material about the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), and Confraternitas, a biannual, refereed journal publishing brief articles, news, notices of forthcoming conferences or papers, and general queries about medieval and Early Modern confraternities (pre-1700).

Jewish Studies Perspectives

Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918 (EBSCOhost) An archive of publications covering Jewish culture and religious practice in the modern world. The collection touches on nearly every aspect of Judaism and Jewish culture and reflects the growth and change of the Jewish community. 

JSTOR 19th Century British Pamphlets

26,000 of the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in research libraries in the United Kingdom. Pamphlets are a key resource for the study of sociopolitical and economic factors impacting 19th century Britain. See the list of resources here. Access them using CTU’s authenticated link here.

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.


An index of conference papers from all over the world, beginning in 1993.


An index of conference proceedings from all over the world, beginning in 1993.


PQDT Open provides the full text of tens of thousands of dissertations and theses whose authors have opted to publish as open access.

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.

WorldCat Dissertations

A subset of WorldCat, this catalog includes both dissertations and theses.

Alexander Street Press Videos

The library’s collection of streaming video includes documentary films and education videos, many of which represent cultures from around the world. Use the “Collections” link to on top left of the Alexander Street website to select a particular collection to search.

Art in the Christian Tradition

This regularly updated visual image database may be used for educational and/or religious non-profit purposes.

Asian Film Online

Through a selection of over 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts, this resource from Alexander Street Press offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker.

ATLA Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative

The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries. The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art,architecture, and iconography.

Black Studies in Video

This resource from Alexander Street Press features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States.


CAMIO is a collection of art images from leading museums includes images such as paintings, sculpture, photographs and decorative arts. The images includes rights for educational use. Off campus users will be asked to login.

CARLI Digital Collections

These collections of digital images of photographs, maps, prints, and other materials were contributed by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

DVL (Digital Vatican Library)

Free access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections of manuscripts and incunabula. 

EnVision Church

EnVision Church was The Georgetown Center for Liturgy’s interactive online resource concerned with liturgy, spirituality, and sacred art and architecture. Some images from the collection are archived, including images from the slide collection of Fr. Paul Cioffi, S.J.


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. Contact Deb Winarski if you are interested in a title that may be on Kanopy.

Saskia Art Images Collection (CARLI)

The Saskia Art Images Collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images can be displayed and downloaded in high-resolution format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts. Users will be asked to login.

EnVision Gallery of Images

A collection of over three thousand images of early Christian sites and places of worship in Europe and North America.

Filmakers Library Online

This resource from Alexander Street Press presents award-winning documentaries across many disciplines — race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

Ethnographic Video Online

This resource from Alexander Street Press focuses on the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Pitts Theology Library: Digital Image Archive

A collection of over 21,000 images of biblical scenes, portraits of religious leaders, church buildings and other theological topics.

Wikimedia Commons

A database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

World History in Video

This resource from Alexander Street Press offers a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that explore global human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.

Business Source Elite

This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications.

Consumer Health Complete

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Click here to access.


Started in 1966, this index to the field of education covers articles, books, essays, proceedings, and reports. Some full text ERIC documents are included.


This collection provides indexing and abstracting of scholarly, government and general-interest titles on topics such as global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Click here to access.

Liebert Online

Includes 60 full text health science journals. Available here.


PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) is a free index to articles provided by the National Center for PTSD.

Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)

Provides a collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. Click here to access.


Search the abstracts of PsycARTICLES, the collection of APA’s journals.

PubMed Central

A free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature from the NIH. Look for Get It button to link to additional full text, or use myNCBI, if you have signed up for an account, to link to CTU’s library holdings.

Regional Business News

Incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Click here to access.


This search interface for teachers and K-12 students includes access to images, as well as general interest magazines for elementary students.

Social Sciences Research Network

SSRN includes abstracts for over 600,000 working papers and forthcoming publications and over 500,000 full text documents. Topics covered include anthropology, business, economics, humanities, and social sciences.

Springer E-books

A collection of online books in the health care field.

SSRN includes abstracts for over 600,000 working papers and forthcoming publications and over 500,000 full text documents. Topics covered include anthropology, business, economics, humanities, and social sciences.


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

CTU Archives

The Archival collections contain official records of Catholic Theological Union and its administrative offices, records of the academic departments and faculty committees, institutional publications, as well as personal papers and memorabilia pertaining to CTU and its programs and people. Other noteworthy collections are included in the CTU Archives when they support and relate to the mission and goals of Catholic Theological Union.

The Archives are open by appointment; the following tools will help patrons to search the basic descriptions of archival collections to determine which boxes of materials they would like to view on their visit.

Archival finding aids – these are description of the contents of collections, which often include the names of files.

Library catalog – basic description of archival collections can also be found while searching the library catalog.

Digital libraries of archival and special collections are growing; the following resources provide access to selectively digitized materials.

Paul Bechtold Library Digital Collections – digitized materials selected from the archives.

Internet Archive – more than 250  rare books owned by CTU and digitized through the CARLI consortium.