Online Library Access & Resources

The following online resources are provided to assist students of City Vision University with their research.

If you have any questions about these resources or about City Vision’s library services in general, email

LIRN: ProQuest & Gale Libraries for Business and Other Research

ProQuest provides one of the most widely used for-fee subscription research libraries for university students. All City Vision students have access to the following databases.

  • ProQuest Business Library
  • ProQuest Core
  • ProQuest EBook Central: Academic Complete
  • Other Proquest Libraries
  • Statistica. Provides one of the most widely used sources for statistics on the Internet.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

To access these databases, go to .

Existing students, click here to get the username and password.

If you want to learn about how to use these databases effectively, you can watch this video on How to Use Your LIRN Library.

Free and Open Libraries for Business & Other Disciplines

Free Business eBooks

  • Free Business eBooks: A collection of eBooks available for online reading or downloading in pdf format. A Top 10 listing is provided regularly. Click here to access.

  • Be a Leader for God’s Sake: Winston, B. (2002) Be a Leader for God’s Sake– From Values to Behaviors. A revision of the 1997 edition of ‘Be a Manager for God’s Sake’. Virginia Beach, VA: Regent University School of Business Press. Click here to access this eBook.

  • Clark, S.C. (2007). Redeeming Money: A Conversation. Click here to access this eBook.

Search Tools / Directories

Writing Resources

  • APA Style Guide:

  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

    The Purdue OWL is one of the best resources on academic writing. It contains extensive information on citing sources, grammar, and academic writing style. Highly recommended.

  • Citation Machine:

    The Citation Machine is a web service that can generate citations for various sources in academic citation formats such as MLA and APA. It is especially useful for automatically generating citations for Web pages.

Grant Research

General Research Libraries

  • JSTOR.

    JSTOR is a repository of academic journals. It has a free option where individuals are given access to all of its holdings, but limits the number of articles one can read. You may be able to get full free online access from your local library, if you have a library card.

  • Online Newspapers
    – A directory of online newspapers.
  • Open Access Journals:

  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)
    – A search engine for theses and dissertations that are freely available online.
  • OpenStax
    – Free, peer-reviewed textbooks for college and high school courses.
  • The Internet Archive:

    Not only does the Internet Archive have a vast archive of Web pages, it contains a great deal of free content, including public domain material, like books from Project Gutenberg.

  • – The largest digitized collection of knowledge allowed by copyright law.
  • Additionally, note that many public libraries provide access to academic databases, such as JSTOR and EBSCO, to any patrons who have a library card.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

  • World Factbook
    The CIA World Factbook provides basic information on history, people, government, economy, and more for the nations of the world.

Refseek Encyclopedia Directory
– A directory of online encyclopedias.

Addiction Counseling Resources


Bible Study & Theological Resources

  • Our Christian Ministry & Leadership program compiled this extensive list of Internet Tools for Church Leaders, with a focus on Bible study tools such as Bible encyclopedias, dictionaries, concordances and commentaries.
  • ATLA LibGuide for Web resources on the study of religion
  • Bible Hub is an free online Bible study suite,  featuring topical study tools, comparison of the Greek and Hebrew text of the Bible to translations, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons, and devotionals.

  • – List of good Biblical commentaries by category.
  • Bible and Interpretation
  • GlobeTheoLib was launched in 2011 by and offers free access to over 200,000 texts, documents, articles and other resources for academic study. Its focus is “intercultural theology and ecumenism, including contextual theologies, world mission and missiology, gender and theology, interreligious dialogue, theological education, and World Christianity.” Once registered (registration is free), access is given to not only full text documents, but also journals, reference books and eBooks.

  • CARM Dictionary of Theology: This free access online dictionary is a reference tool provided by the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry. New entries are regularly added. This online website is freely available for reading of the Bible and also researching Scripture.

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: This is an open-access database, maintained by Stanford University, which contains hundreds of articles on philosophical theory, biographies of key philosophers, and topics in philosophy.
    Click here to access the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Click here to access this collection of classic Christian writings that are in the public domain.

  • Christian Periodical Index: This is a list of full text periodicals that are available from publishers’ websites. Click here to access the CPI.

  • Christian Standard Subject Index, 1967-1993
    This index provides information on articles published in the Christian Standard by author, title, and subject. It was compiled by the staff of the Jessie C. Eury Library of Lincoln Christian College and edited by Nancy J. Olson and covers the years 1967 through 1993.
    Click here to access the CSSI.

  • Digital Commons @ SPU – online archival resources, such as special collections and scholarly papers, hosted by Seattle Pacific University
  • The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) has a collection of 10,000 plus theses and dissertations, and also conference papers, which can be searched and ordered online in one of three formats – downloadable edocs; paper copies; or microfiche.
    Click here to access the TREN.

  • Open Access Digital Theological Library – massive directory of books, journals, articles, and databases on theology, religious studies and related subjects
  • Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life – articles and research on religion in America
  • Post Reformation Digital Library – a selection of e-books and other writings from the Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras (late 15th-18th centuries)
  • Theological Commons – Princeton Seminary’s database of over 150,000 resources on theology and religion
  • Theology on the Web – digitized articles and bibliographies on biblical studies and theology through the ages
  • has free Bible lectures. Click here to access the site.

Online Theological and Religion Journals

Note that these are from diverse religious perspectives, not only an evangelical Christian perspective. They are provided for scholarship and reference, not as an endorsement from City Vision of all their contents.

Online Nonprofit Management Journals

City Vision’s Wiki Libraries