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Research Databases for WTS Students and Faculty

EBSCO Databases (Including Atlas PLUS®)

The EBSCO collection of databases includes the AtlaSerials PLUS® database, which is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion.

EBSCO also includes the ATLA Historical Monographs Collections 1 and 2, the Christian Periodical Index, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, OMNIFILEFull Text Select, and the Religion and Philosophy Index.

To access these resources from off-campus, you will need to log in with your last name and WTS Library ID that is located on your Library card.

(If you require assistance using this, or any of our other databases, please send an email to

JSTOR Archival Collections

JSTOR provides a full text archive of core journals in select disciplines and more than 6,000 Open Access eBooks. Westminster Seminary’s  subscription includes the JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection. Journal issues from the most recent 3-5 years are usually NOT available electronically through JSTOR.  Please note that current issues of some JSTOR journal titles may be available in one of the EBSCO databases.

American National Biography

From missionaries to musicians, social workers to statisticians, cowboys to chemists, and Vikings to astronauts, the portraits in the American National Biography Online (the ANB) reflect the rich diversity of American life from pre-colonial times to the present day. The ANB contains over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars

America's Historical Imprints

America’s Historical Imprints contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera printed in America from 1639-1819.

Bloomsbury Digital Resources

Westminster now has access to the following full-text collections from Bloomsbury.

  • Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
  • Bloomsbury Medieval Studies
  • Bloomsbury Theology and Religion

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains every significant English language and foreign language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800. Full-text searching enables users to explore a vast range of books and directories, bibles, sheet music, sermons, advertisements, and works by both celebrated and lesser-known authors. The database also provides cross platform searching with Early English Books Online.

Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online contains over 125,000 full-text facsimile titles, from the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare.

Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Classical Library spans eighteen centuries and every genre. The digital Loeb Classical Library continues the historic mission of making all that is important in Greek and Latin literature available to readers anywhere in the world—with accurate, literate, English translations.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB contains 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference provides access to almost 55,000 articles from 20 Oxford Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.

The Patrologia Latina Database

The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne’s Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.

Index Religiosus

Index Religiosus is an index combining the print Revue d’histoire Ecclésiastique and the Elenchus Bibliographicus from the journal Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. The database provides citations to hundreds of journals in “theology and Canon Law, history of theology, history of religions, Old and New Testaments, dogmatic theology, Sacramentology and liturgy, moral and pastoral theology” and all aspects of church history.

Please note that this database does not contain full text articles.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

The TLG represents the first effort in the Humanities to produce a large digital corpus of literary texts. Since its inception the project has collected and digitized most texts written in Greek from Homer (8 c. B.C.) to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453 and beyond. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Religious and Theological Abstracts provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology.

Please note that this database does not contain full text articles.

Dissertations and Projects

Research in Ministry Online

Research in Ministry Onlines is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981. Author, title, project advisor, institution, and subject access are provided. In addition, an abstract for each project is included when one has been provided by the author.

DMin Projects and ThM Theses

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions.

WTS theses. as well as projects from other institutions, are available for download from TREN.

WTS PhD. Dissertations

Proquest provides access to all Westminster Theological Seminary dissertations published in Dissertation Abstracts between the mid-1960s and last year.

To search for non-WTS dissertations, (or if you are non-Westminster student looking for a WTS dissertation) use Dissertations Express. NB: This is a purchase-only site. However, you may create a list of titles/authors at no charge. See a librarian for the next steps.

Writing Resources

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format.  It is the indispensable reference for writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers.

To access CMA from off-campus, you will need to log in with your last name and WTS Library ID that is located on your Library card

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It is built on the solid foundation of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged and is the best source of current information about the English language.

Alumni & Free Resources

Alumni Research

The ATLA Serials for Alumni database (American Theological Library Association) is an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals selected by leading scholars and theologians. It includes the Westminster Theological Journal. Passwords are available to alumni. Contact to request a password. Include your full name and graduation year in your request.

Free Research Links

The links in the Free Research Links page are intended to guide users to sites of research interest. The inclusion of a link on this page does not indicate endorsement of all of the contents of the site.