A quick reference to biblical studies journals available on-line (EBSCO, JSTOR, Cambridge, Oxford, etc.)

Over the last few years, I’ve developed a quick reference document to help me streamline the process of searching for on-line articles. Whenever I identify an article through a bibliography, footnote, or the ATLA religion database, I scan the attached “Quick Reference” and decide where (and if) I can obtain the article from EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford, Wiley, Cambridge, University of Chicago, or even free from an on-line website).

**On-line journals – biblical studies (PDF) (Word)

Journals for church, missions, Christian education, Linguistics, Africa, and social sciences–less comprehensive (PDF)(Word)

Tyndale House Library has a more comprehensive list of biblical studies journals here–about 550 journals. (They include all the ones that are only available by hard-copy library subscription.)

(Note also: BTB, ExpT, JSNT, JSOT, JSP and other biblical studies journals are often available for FREE from Sage publications 2x a year – usually in November and sometime in the spring.)

The document looks something like this for 170 different journals:

AUSS Andrews University Seminary Studies http://auss.info/
Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics EBSCO/ATLAS
Association of Jewish Studies Review
JSTOR 1976-2002Cambridge: 2002-
Athenian Agora JSTOR 1953-1998
Baptist History and Heritage EBSCO/ATLAS
Bib Biblica – http://www.bsw.org/project/biblica/ WEBSITE 1998-

I’ve posted this as a brief example (click on attached links for the full document in word or PDF.)

On-line journals – biblical studies (PDF)

On-line journals – biblical studies (Word)

This quick reference will be most valuable students and staff of institutions that subscribe to EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Chicago, and Wiley but don’t have an integrative web search.

For those of you who live in the land of fast “instant-response” internet, this probably isn’t an issue, but some of us in the rest of the world cannot afford to wade through multiple searches trying to find a particular journal.


  • EBSCO – Now includes ATLAS*. Dates listed for EBSCO are starting dates only.
  • JSTOR– (most recent articles not normally available; 3-5 year moving wall)[1]
    – holdings on Classical Studies, Literature (not fully listed here)
  • Oxford – normally last 10 years available.
  • Websites: available to the general public (all others through authorized server only).

[Last updated December 2008; Please e-mail errors, additions, and changes to Ben Byerly]

* ATLAS references with a “*” are missing some titles. http://www.atla.com/products/titles/titles_atlas.html

[1] The majority of journals in the JSTOR archive have moving walls of between 3 and 5 years, but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years. In other words JSTOR availability will need to be updated each year. – e.g. an end date of 2002 (6 year moving wall) will be 2003 next year (in 2009).

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