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Open Access Resources: Theology

A curated list of authoritative free resources for academic research in Theology, Philosophy and the Humanities

This page contains a selection of high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections. Wherever possible, introductory videos to the individual resources. See the Help Videos & FAQs tab for more information.

Understanding "Free" Resources

Open Access

Open Access (OA) is the designation used to describe published research content which is distributed online and free of cost. Many open access  titles are also for sale in print form.

Public Domain

Public domain refers to content that is not copyrighted and may be used by anyone without the author's permission. Most public domain content was published before 1923.

Institutional Repository

An institutional repository (IR) is a digital collection owned and maintained by an institution (often a university or scholarly association). Content in institutional repositories is often copyrighted, but can still be read and cited. Content in institutional repositories is generally not in the public domain and should not be reproduced without permission from the author.

Source: The Open Access Digital Theological Library. "FAQ." Accessed 22 June 2022.

Open Access Databases

Research Aids