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Graduate Theological Online Education & Christian Ministry Online: Scholarly Web

A guide for graduate students in NNU's School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Google Scholar

Get only scholarly materials in your results.   Some full text links, "cite" tool, and notes about how many times the article is cited by OTHER scholars.  Request items NOT in full text by sending the full citation to

Google Power!

Because Google is the industry leader, it pays to become an expert user.  Here are some links to tips sheets that will help you be a Google Power User.

Make Google work harder for you!

Religion Directories and Archives on the web

The internet is an amazing thing!  There are places other than high end databases to find scholarly (peer reviewed, academic, vetted, "the good stuff") journal articles.  You just have to know where to look!

Here are some of those places- (evaluate linked pages carefully!)

  • Wabash Center Guide
    Selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion. A good starting place, but unfortunately not always up-to-date.
  • Intute: Best of the Web
    Free online service for best web research and study resources. Sites chosen by lecturers and librarians from universities across the UK.
  • Religion Online
    Full texts by recognized religious scholars free online. Limited selection but there's some good stuff here. Edited by Prof. William F. Fore and a team of volunteers.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.
  • Open Directory of Internet Sources
    A directory of human indexed sites with significant content in religion.
  • Oister Digital Repository
    Millions of documents from digital archives not always searchable in Google.
  • Internet Archive
    A repository for thousands of digitized books and saved web pages.
  • OpenDOAR
    Directory of Open Access Repositories offers full-text searching of many academic repositories, where you can often find pre-prints or copies of published articles, unpublished papers, and yet-to-be-published materials.

Scholarly or Popular? Tips for evaluating websites

The Internet is loaded with helpful resources, but remember to evaluate all information with these standards in mind:

  1. Purpose:  Does the level of discourse and presentation indicate that this is a scholarly site?
  2. Authority:  Is the author/creator a recognized expert in the field?  What are the academic credentials?
  3. Accuracy:  Are there obvious errors in content, grammar, spelling?
  4. Bias:  Is the presentation balanced with differing points of view and respectful tone?
  5. Timeliness:  When was the site last updated?