The S. Joy Niswander Library of EBI&C was established in 1924. Within the facility is a comprehensive collection of approximately 30,000 physical holdings including books, audio and visual media, journals, and an archival collection of the establishment of Elim and early Pentecostalism. Additionally, online links to resources such as EBSCO’s ATLAS Religious Database include professional journal articles, book reviews, and digitized Christian classics; all supporting the Associate in Applied Science in Biblical and Theological Studies program. In keeping with the mission of Elim, the Library is committed to providing a strong base of information literacy skills, research services, and the professional support necessary to equip students to be the confident and effective, ministering servant-leaders of this generation.
The library catalog is accessible online through EBI&C’s college management system, Populi. Students, staff, and faculty may renew or place holds on books, write reviews and recommendations, see what has been checked out, and access our digital collection.
Access to the Internet is available on library computers. The building also contains convenient wireless Internet access for those with laptops or mobile devices.
A copy machine is located in the office area of the library and is available during open hours. Black and white copies are $.10 per page. Please, see the librarian or staff to make copies.
Visitors are welcome! The EBI&C Library is available for all to do research, view archives, use our reference resources, check out books at the circulation desk, or relax and study in our quiet, comfortable environment. The librarian and staff are available for instruction in using the catalog program installed on the computers and assisting with research needs.
The Elim Bible Institute and College Library acknowledges and adheres to the copyright law of the United States and the fair use of copyrighted resources as mentioned in Section 107 of Title 17 of the United States Code. This law permits the reproduction of multiple copies for teaching, classroom and academic research use under certain circumstances. The students, staff and faculty are required to follow the law regarding copyright, and Elim Library provides assistance and guidance regarding the use of copyrighted resources.
EBI&C subscribes to the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Religion Database, providing electronic access to over 1.8 million resources. Basic browsing is available as well as several advanced search modes and limiters for refining and retrieving specific records.
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
This archive is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. This authoritative bibliography is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide, and a valuable index for libraries, researchers and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas.
Access to scholarly resources through Google
“Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.”
The ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Institute of Education Sciences offers a limited open-access public site for research within their database.
Separated among Old and New Testament periods
Readers of the Bible quickly recognize that the number of place names and locations mentioned in the text — most of them unfamiliar — is stupefying. The geographical references range eastward as far as India and westward to Spain. Between these limits, the Middle East itself contains numerous states, cities, villages, mountains, rivers … many of the names have changed from century to century. Thus, in order to have a grasp of what is happening in a particular text, it is extremely helpful to have a set of maps, so that you can follow the narrative in your mind’s eye.
Bible Study Resources built by Bryan College
A brief tutorial on how to use a concordance
This link to a basic and free database installation includes the King James Version, King James Version w/ Strong’s numbers, Strong’s dictionary, and the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references.
“With over 5,400 answers to frequently asked Bible questions published online, approximately 80% of the questions we are asked already have answers available to you instantly. We offer several options for finding the answers to your questions.”
The SBL edition is available as a download.
International Studies and Work
Half a world away there are millions of university students who have never heard of Jesus. That’s a problem. Join our team, live in a major Asian city, make new friends, and share the gospel with university students. Be the solution.
Free language-building app
The International Studies Association is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Founded in 1959, its more than 7,000 members span the globe – comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, among others. The Association has long served as a central hub for the exchange of ideas and for networking and programmatic initiatives among those involved in the study, teaching and practice of International Studies.
Free language-building app
Missio Nexus engages people who serve within the Great Commission with ideas, events, and resources which propel the gospel around the world.
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization, that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. https://www.mnnonline.org/mission_groups/voice-of-the-martyrs-usa/
World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.
Free access to “8,739 academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 224 publishers” can be found here.
A great place for Christian book reviews
Search the latest index of the world’s books, many of which you can preview or read for free.
The Gutenberg Project provides free access to 50,000+ ebooks available for download.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.
NTSLibrary – Online Christian Library is regularly updated and is non-denominational, representing a diverse selection of theological positions for the purpose of providing the reader with information on different positions which may challenge our thinking on an existing position and thereby lead, through study, to a more educated understanding.
It is sponsored by the Nazarene church. There are resources in multiple languages.
Asia Pacific Theological Seminary is a cooperative ministry of the Assemblies of God national churches of Asia, Pacific Oceania, and the Assemblies of God World Missions-USA. A multi-national Board of Directors representing these various entities governs the school. The faculty and administration of APTS are also multi-national.
Select an issue to see the table of contents, read available articles, download a PDF, purchase a printed copy in our store, or subscribe to receive future issues.
Full text access is given to back-dated editions of Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Christian History & Biography, Leadership Journal, and Re:generation Quarterly as well as full volume titles though LeadershipBooks, a collection of over 50 high-quality volumes from seven major Leadership book series.
Click to see a compiled list made possible through John Jaeger and DBU Vance Memorial Library of open-access journals available online .
WORLD offers hard-hitting, truth-telling, uniquely Christian worldview reporting that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream media in these confusing, chaotic days.
Barna Group provides spiritual influencers with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.
Curious about the religious make-up of the world? Check out the latest color-coded demographics here.
Writing and Research Aids
View this presentation of Turabian formatting by our very own Elizabeth Ose.
For easy formation of footnotes and bibliographies, use eturabian. For even easier use, be sure to have the ISBN available!
You can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results.
Grammarly is a powerful grammar, vocabulary, and spelling checker. Be sure to download it on Chrome and choose the extension option so that all your writing (papers, emails, . . .) seamlessly are double-checked.
Citation Machine assists in generating citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formats.
This website is intended to assist you in properly citing resources according to Kate L. Turabian ‘A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations’ 8th and 7th editions, ‘Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association’ 6th edition and ‘MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers’ 7th edition. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for these manuals.
This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.
A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Browse by range of dating or by category: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers