Bible Study

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Welcome to the Research Guide for Bible Study. This guide is organized in the following manner:

  • Research Starters
  • Books
  • Databases
  • Websites

Use our Discovery search above to search our physical collection and most of our digital resources. The remaining digital resources can be accessed for searching using the buttons beside the Discovery search.


Books can provide a rich source of information. The books suggested here represent a selection of general works on topics related to this subject. Not all necessarily hold to a view of Scripture or a doctrinal position similar to Carolina University.  

If a book is only available in a physical format but you are at a distance from the University, please refer to our shipping and scanning services.

If you are looking for a particular book that is not available in our library, fill out our interlibrary loan form and we will get it for you as soon as possible. 


Many databases provide access to journal articles. They are searchable by subject, author, or keyword.  If you want to search just a specific database, use our Databases directory.

The use of Boolean operators can narrow or expand your search. This option is often found by clicking on Advanced Search in a database's searching interface.

AND – requires the source to have all the search terms – it will limit your search

OR  - allows the source to have either of the search terms – it will expand your search

NOT – eliminates some search terms from your search – it, too, will limit your search

Truncation is another helpful strategy. In truncation, one types a portion of a search term and then follows with an asterisk. This also helps broaden the search.

Finding Articles on a Specific Scripture Passage
The ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials indexes articles by scripture reference, so it’s easy to find all the articles on a given passage of scripture. Simply follow the steps below:
  • Find ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials on our databases list (or follow this link). 
  • Click Scriptures in the top left of the page.








  • You’ll see a list of books of the Bible. If you click the title of the book, you will find all the items in the database on any passage within that book. If you click Expand next to the title you are interested in, you will find a list of chapters in that book.
  • If you expand a book, you can then click on a chapter or expand the chapter and select a verse. 
  • Your results for Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1 might look like this: 

Websites can be a source of useful information but must be used judiciously. The C.R.A.A.P. Test is a guide for evaluating websites.

Another source for Website evaluation: Harris, Robert. "Evaluating Internet Research Sources." VirtualSalt. 21 January 2015, Accessed February 8, 2019.

Suggested Websites
  • Academic-Bible -. This website provides the newest editions of the Septuagint, Greek New Testament, Hebrew Old Testament, and even the Latin Vulgate. 
  • BibleGateway - BibleGateway lets you read the Bible in many different translations in both English and Spanish. 
  • BibleWebApp - The BibleWebApp provides a side-by-side reading experience for multiple translations, including Greek and Hebrew as well as modern languages. It also includes interactive features such as images and maps. 
  • BibleHub - BibleHub provides access to various translations of the Bible, as well as commentaries and lexicons. 
  • BlueLetterBible - BLB lets you view verses in different translations, and provides study tools such as interlinear and audio pronunciation of Greek and Hebrew words. 
  • BibleProject - BibleProject makes short, accessible videos on a variety of Bible topics, including book overviews, biblical themes, and word studies. They also have other resources like podcasts that are designed to help people understand the story of the Bible. 
  • The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives) - The ARDA contains datasets related to religion, include results from surveys, profiles of different countries and congregational membership, and much more.