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Welcome to the Vision Library, your gateway to virtually unlimited books, journal articles, and scholarly materials for your coursework and research!


Below you will find an index of library resources that Vision International University; recommends to its students. Collectively, the links below comprise tens of thousands of volumes, including books, databases, and periodicals. Most of the sites are free. Please report any broken links to


Questia Online Library Access:


Registered Students: Contact Maureen Kelley in Student Services at to request a username and password to access the Questia Online Library System.


How to Conduct Research Online:


A Guide to Conducting Research Online without ever stepping foot into a library, from


Google Scholar


Recommended Databases for Individual Use
(some require a subscription, others have free content, pay-per-article sales.)

    • Questia
      Questia's database contains, according to their website, “the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles.” I've known quite a few students who swear by the Questia, and use it faithfully for their research. I believe that this is a very good option for undergraduates taking general education courses, who may not have easy access to a robust online library.



    • Highbeam
      Highbeam has some of the same journals and magazines as Questia, but there seems to be somewhat different coverage. There are more magazines and newspapers, and Highbeam seems to have fairly good coverage in education, health and science.


    • Find Articles
      LookSmart's Find Articles is a great database, with quite a few free articles. The journals include business, humanities, social sciences, health, and science.




Library Databases
These are probably too numerous to list, but I'm going to list ones that are particularly helpful for students who are seeking peer-reviewed articles and statistics.


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">Proquest
      With databases of articles tailored to meet the needs of students and faculty at different levels and institutions, Proquest's resources are targeted and easy to use.


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">EBSCO Information Services
      Most online libraries subscribe to at least one of the EBSCO databases. They have excellent coverage of interdisciplinary journals. While the full-text options may be a bit limited, the citations, with key words and publication data can help one obtain the article from other sources.


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">Ovid
      Ovid has absolutely a dizzying array of databases and information products. Their medical databases are expensive, but indispensable to many.


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">LexisNexis
      Best-known for its database on legal publications, LexisNexis has extensive holdings in newspapers. It is an excellent source for current information and syndicated content.


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">Wilson Web Databases
      The old green “Readers' Guides” are now available at one's fingertips, and with full-text versions. The Wilson databases include journals and publishers that are not always easy to find, particularly in business and agriculture.
        1. Education Full Text

        1. General Science Full Text

        1. Humanities Full Text

        1. Readers' Guide Full Text

        1. Social Sciences Full Text

      1. Wilson Business Full Text


    • no-repeat 0pt 50%; PADDING-TOP: 0px; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial">JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
      JSTOR has an amazing collection of humanities and interdisciplinary journals. Perhaps what is most exciting about this collection is that the older journals are being digitized and included, which means that there is much less reliance on interlibrary loan. An article about JSTOR appears here: Bowen, William G. "The Academic Library in a Digitized, Commercialized Age: Lessons from JSTOR." ALA Midwinter Participants' Meeting (based on Romanes Lecture, delivered at Oxford University, October 17, 2000). January 14, 2001. Online. Available:





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Online Libraries:


    • Library Web (Free)
      Hundreds of electronically available libraries by UC Berkley



    • InfomLine(Free)
      Thousands of electronic books, journals, and databases from UC.



    • NetLibrary (Annual Membership Fee)
      Thousands of online books and resources.


  • Questia (Annual Membership Fee)
    Thousands of online books and resources.


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Academic Journal Resources




  • ProQuest (Annual Membership Fee)
    Thousands of online journals and periodicals.


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Theological Periodicals



















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Theological Studies Resources

    • Theopedia (Free)
      Powerful Theological Encyclopedia with hundreds of topics.













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Biblical Studies Resources



    • BibleGateway (Free)
      Multiple modern translations available via Gospelcom.











Commentaries (Free)

Concordances (Free)

Dictionaries (Free)

Encyclopedias (Free)



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Traditional Reference

    • Wikipedia (Free)
      Free Online Open Encyclopedia



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Historical Resources














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Philosophical Resources



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Christian Living/Devotional


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Christian Counseling






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Christian Education


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How to Cite Electronic Documents


The following information is from



The citation of Internet sources is new, and not all style sheets have fully accommodated the growing need to cite these types of materials. Remember that the goal of this process is to give the creators of material credit for their work (at the same time identifying that the work does belong to someone else) and to allow the reader of your material to find the referenced materials. Internet-sourced items run into trouble on the last item. The identification their location can be difficult, and some addresses can be very long.


The style sheets that have identified methods to cite work on the Internet seem to follow their traditional systems, with the exception of the addition of wording to mark the item as from the Internet, and changes to the place and publisher notations.


American Psychological Association (APA)

The APA (1994, 218) suggests that World Wide Web citations follow this form:

Last Name, First Initial. (year). Title of the article. Name of
Periodical [On-line]. Available: specify path.

A real example would be as follows:

Meartz, P. (1995). The rule of 90+. The Island Sun.[On-line].

Of additional note is that since E-mail and USENET newsgroups are not permanent forms, the APA suggests that you follow the personal communication format for them (1994, 174). They are not to be included in the reference list in APA style, thus if I were giving a reference for this concept and had received it in an E-mail letter, I would end my sentence with its citation (P. Meartz, personal communication, October 17, 1995), but no mention would be made in the reference list at the end of the document.



The MLA (Gibaldi 1995, 151-167) suggests that World Wide Web citations follow this form:

Last Name, First Name. "Title in Quotation Marks." Date. Title
of the Database or Web Page. Online. Internet. Date accessed.
Meartz, Paul. "The Rule of 90+." 1995. The Island Sun. Online. Internet. 17 Oct. 1995.

Do note that the MLA has numerous variations identified for Online and other sources. The nature of the Web Page--is it an electronic magazine, a personal page, etc--makes a difference. Consult the manual for full information.


Chicago and Other Simple Citations by Example

The following sample shows several types of citations and uses the Turabian/Chicago style format with a reference list at the end. [Do note that, as far as we are aware, Turabian/Chicago does not have a clear Internet form at this time, and the form shown is speculation based on their general format.] The items used include books, encyclopedias, magazines, and scholarly journals. Many other types are possible. [See the style manuals for those.]


Meartz (1987) found bankruptcies to be a serious threat to North Dakota's future. Meanwhile, in Venezuela, the exploration of the interior highlands continues without the mention of concern for the problems in North Dakota (George 1989, 526). But it is being said in certain places that, "timber was being carried away at high speed" (Orwell 1976, 95). Some places have found the issue silly (Encyclopedia Zots, 1992), while others have devoted pages to it (Carmarto 1991). The theft of lumber has even generated its own home page on the web (Luther 1995)


At the end of the document you would find the following:

List of References [or Bibliography, or Selected Bibliography]

Luther, David. 1995. Lumber page growing. New Pages Web Site.

Sample Bibliography


American Psychological Association. 1994. Publication Manual.
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Gibaldi, Joseph. 1995. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
New York: Modern Language Association.

Turabian, Kate. 1987. A Manual for Writers. 5th ed. Chicago,

IL: University of Chicago.

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