Free Academic Resources


African & African American Church History

  • African American Lectionary: Intended as a resource that, among other things, sheds new light on the liturgical moments of significance to most African American Christians.
  • Dictionary of African Christian Biography: An international undertaking aimed at producing an electronic database containing the essential biographical facts of African Christian leaders, evangelists, and lay workers chiefly responsible for laying the foundations and advancing the growth of Christian communities in Africa.
  • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bible Manuscripts

Biblical Studies


Catechisms & Confessions

Church History

Digitized Manuscripts

  • British Library: Digitized Manuscripts
  • Guide to Early Church Documents: Guide to freely-available online resources relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.
  • IndoChina1911: This digital library contains hundreds of historical documents pertaining to the Body of Christ in Indochina over the past 100 years.
  • Vatican Library – Digitized Manuscripts: Current list of digitized Vatican Library manuscripts.


Online Journals & Indexes 

Online Books & Other Resources

Religious Data

  • A collection of statistics and religious geography citations with references to published membership statistics and congregation statistics for thousands of religious communities
  • Association of Religion Data Archives: The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion and is currently located in the Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.
  • Virtual Religion Index: a directory for religious studies, including Christianity and other world religions. 

Research & Writing Resources