ebook Databases

Books & ebooks

Books: Search the library catalog for ORU holdings. For books held elsewhere, look in WorldCat (FirstSearch or open access). You may also locate books by browsing the B Library of Congress class numbers either by doing a call number search for the desired classification in the library catalog or by browsing the B section in the Reference or Main areas of the collection.

opens new windowEbooks: To use such ebook functions as annotating and downloading, sign up for a personal account in Ebook Central and in EBSCOhost. For more on how to use and download ebooks, see the ebooks@ORU guide.

Bible Commentaries

To identify the more scholarly Bible commentaries, use the Bible commentaries series chart in the Bible Commentaries Plus guide. The chart categorizes the commentaries as devotional, pastoral, or academic, with the academic category generally being the most scholarly and therefore the most desirable for use in college research papers.

See also David Bauer's Essential Bible Study Tools for Ministry , especially the "Highly Recommended" sections of his selected lists of commentaries for each book of the Bible. The print edition of Bauer's book is kept at the Library Services Desk on the "Quick Reference" shelf.

Library of Congress Classification - Class Number for Bible

  • B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
    • B-BD - Philosophy
    • BF - Psychology
    • BJ - Ethics
    • BL - Religions
    • BM - Judaism
    • BP - Islam, etc.
    • BQ - Buddhism
    • BR - Christianity
    • BS - The Bible
      • BS2575+Matthew
      • BS2585+ Mark
      • BS2595+Luke
      • BS2615+John
      • BS2805+1-3John
      • BS2825+Revelation
    • BT - Doctrinal Theology
    • BV - Practical Theology
    • BX - Christian denominations