It is our goal to connect you to learning resources that support your course of study and that bless you as you pursue the LORD. Learning online is a unique venue and it is important to familiarize yourself with virtual resources and grow in your ability to conduct digital research.
Calvary Chapel University Library is a member of the Foundation for the Advancement of Christian Libraries a.k.a. Association of Christian Librarians. Through this institutional membership, CCU provides access to shared library resources and benefits for both faculty and students including Reciprocal Borrowing, which is a cooperative service that allows students to borrow resources from physical library collections in regions across the country. Check it out to find a library near you!
Students and faculty have access to our growing CCU Library and learning resources for research, study, and preparation as well.
Take a look around the Library and let us know how we can support you
– Codie Winslow, Director of Library and Learning Resources
The following links are provided as a resource; they do not necessarily constitute an endorsement or approval by Calvary Chapel University. CCU assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, orthodoxy, doctrinal distinctives, or content of external sites. Please send an email to the Director of Library and Learning Resources if you encounter a disabled link or have a concern about content accessible here.
Library Collections and Resources
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – DPLA brings together digital collections from a wide variety of libraries in a single platform to provide access to our digitized cultural heritage. For resources specific to scholarly research, review the Scholarly Research Guide to DPLA.
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – DOAB is a directory of peer reviewed, academic open access books published with the primary aim of increasing discoverability for scholars and students. The site offers a direct search feature or you may browse by title, subject, or author. The Directory of Open Access Books is a service connected to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – Provides access to over 2,000 full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals from varied subject areas. The Directory of Open Access Journals includes access to journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Journals are required to have quality controls including peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.
EDUCAUSE Review Online – This open-access digital publication provides practical advice and guidance and multimedia about managing and using information resources in higher education.
ERIC (Government Site) – ERIC provides access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials with links to full text when available.
Glossary of Library Research Terminology – Dallas Theological Seminary shares a comprehensive glossary helpful for research.
Great Books Online – Bartleby.com, publisher of literature, reference, and collections of verse provides students and researchers free access online.
JSTOR – JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students with access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Create a free account by going to MyJSTOR.
JSTOR Early Journal Content – Journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 worldwide. includes articles published in the arts, humanities, economics, politics, mathematics, and other sciences.
Listing of Open Access Databases (LOADB) – The LOADB is collection of open access databases with a focus on science and technology subjects. It was developed as a part of the Open Science and Open Innovation Infrastructure Project.
PQDT Open – PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. Quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.
Project Gutenberg – offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online
WorldCat.org – Search the collections of libraries in your community and around the world.
Best commentaries – This resource includes 2000+ reviews of Bible commentaries from a broadly conservative view point.
Bible Links Bible Gateway – Full text of the Bible in numerous translations
Biblos – Reference works, including commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances.
Blue Letter Bible – Bible study software with Greek/Hebrew word tools as well as audio/video messages from Calvary Chapel pastors.
Christian Classics Etherial Library – The CCEL contains hundreds of classic Christian ebooks. Resources in this library are available in a variety of formats and some require a fee .
Logos Bible Software – Bible study software, along with an entire line of resources for Christian living
New Testament Gateway – Annotated links on everything connected with the academic study of the New Testament and Christian origins.
Net Bible – Online bible study website.
Old Testament Gateway – A comprehensive, annotated, academic directory of internet sites on the Old Testament
Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) – The OADTL is a virtual library curated collection of over 100,000 ebooks and thousands of journals in theology, religious studies, and related disciplines. The OADTL is sponsored by: Claremont School of Theology, Denver Seminary, Evangelical Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hartford Seminary, International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Amsterdam), Lexington Seminary and Singapore Bible College. Students may use this resource by creating a free account.
Princeton Theological Commons – A digital library comprising over 76,000 books and journal on theology and religion. Theological Commons was developed by the Princeton Theological Seminary in partnership with the Internet Archive.
Theological Abbreviations – Dallas Theological Seminary offers help with often complicated footnotes encountered during research. Additional resources are outlined. While the links are to collections within their university, the information can be useful in searching for resources that can be located elsewhere (public libraries, reciprocal borrowing institutions through CCU Library).
CCU partners with other institutions through institutional memberships to bring students and faculty valuable access to materials.
Foundation for the Advancement of Christian Libraries (FACL) a.k.a
Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) – The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community, that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through development of members, services, and scholarship. The members of ACL are a diverse group of Christian librarians who serve in universities, colleges, seminaries, public libraries, and schools across the globe. The mission of the Association of Christian Librarians is to strengthen libraries through professional development of evangelical librarians, scholarship, and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education, and to create and promote quality materials and projects for the benefit of libraries.
- ACL Reciprocal Borrowing – Reciprocal borrowing is a voluntary program whereby ACL institutions choosing to participate extend in-person borrowing privileges to authorized patrons from other ACL institutions. Patrons, including faculty, students, and staff, have reciprocal access to the physical collections of participating Christian institutions.
- Virtual Theological Library Project – ACL provides access to a virtual library of aggregated bibliographic records to open access theological resources and is organized by format, including:
American Theological Library Association (ATLA) – ATLA is a professional association of over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians.
- Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI) – The American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools’ collaboration 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.