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Finding Library Materials

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.

WorldCat
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 Worldcat.org 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.

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

Finding Theses and Dissertations

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.

EThOS (UK Theses)
Many of these dissertations are available as free downloads, though there may be a fee for newer dissertations.

RIM (Research in Ministry)
This index covers DMin and DMiss projects from reporting ATS schools.

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network)
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.

Searching Library E-Book Collections

For instructions about accessing e-books from off campus, please see Database Access Off Campus for more information. Many e-books can also be found in the library's catalog.

ACLS Humanities E-Books
This collection includes over 3700 e-books in the humanities.

Black Thought and Culture
Includes major non-fiction works by 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.

OED - Oxford English Dictionary
The online version of the OED includes regular updates.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of encyclopedias in the areas of theology and religion.

eHRAF World Cultures
A cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life.

eRead Illinois
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.

JSTOR 19th Century British Pamphlets
A collection of thousands of pamphlets held by research libraries in the U.K.

NetLibrary
An online book collection on general topics.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Includes reference works and primary documents on Islamic studies and the Qur'an.

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.

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

Twentieth-Century Religious Thought
Includes a significant collection of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and a selection of the papers of Reinhold Niebuhr. It also includes a selection of English-language editions of key authors such as Hans Urs von Baltasar, Rudolf Bultmann, James Cone, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Adolf von Harnack, Henri de Lubac, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, and Ernst Troeltsch.

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.

Free E-Books

ABZU--Ancient Near East Texts on the Web
Includes primary texts digitized for the ETANA (Electronic Texts and Ancient Near Eastern Archives) project.

BibleGateway.com: the Bible in Over 100 Versions
A concordance to multiple Bible versions, including the KJV and the NIV.

Online Bible Study Tools (includes NRSV and Douay-Rheims Bibles)
Includes a basic commentary, as well as concordances to multiple Bible versions, such as NRSV and Douay-Rheims.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
A full text collection of classic texts from the church fathers to the nineteenth century.

Google Books
Includes full views of books in the public domain, and limited previews of select books.

HathiTrust Digital Library
This collection of books from university libraries includes many full text works in the public domain.

Internet Archive Digital Library
A freely available library of texts, audio and video.

Online Books Page from UPenn
A guide to 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.