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This page provides an overview useful, free digital article and journal databases. If you are a current graduate student, click here to access the more extensive resource available to you. If you are an alum of Meadville Lombard, click here.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes scholarly literature across various publishing formats and disciplines. This is an excellent source for journals and articles not explicitly connected to the academic study of religion. While Google Scholar sometimes includes full-text access, most often it only includes only a citation.
Open Access Digital Theological Library
Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) curates high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections. The OADTL contains articles, dissertations, ebooks, and digitized historical documents.
JSTOR Open Access
The JSTOR Open Access Collection provides access to millions of open access academic journals and thousands of published open access books. In addition to text documents, JSTOR Open Access includes searchable databases of over a million images and videos.
Internet Archive Scholar
The Internet Archive Scholar search index includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitized copies of eighteenth century journals through the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web.
Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. This database is particularly useful for religious educators. While ERIC often includes full-text access, sometimes it only includes only a citation. If you need to access an article that is not full-text, click the "Request Article via Interlibrary Loan" button below and we will attempt to acquire the article through interlibrary loan.
Looking for more resources?
If you are looking for more specialized databases and resources, check out our A-Z Resources List. We have over 400 databases and other digital resources available in the A-Z Resources List, most of which are accessible to alumni and community users.
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