Library and Research Access

Due to our smaller resources, SWIRS is not able to provide students with access to fee based academic research sites. With this in mind, we have compiled many free online libraries, databases, and academic journals that are relevant to students at this institution.

The Gospel Library offers free materials directly published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Consisting of the canonized “Standard Works”, General Conference talks, numerous instruction manuals, and more, it is the most authoritative place to obtain doctrinal information on the church.

The Church History Catalog has many materials available to view online. If you are in the Salt Lake City area, you can also register to view additional materials in person at the Church History Library.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project provides free online access to numerous documents of important historical significance. It is the largest repository of documents relating to the life of Joseph Smith.

The BYU Scholars Archive offers free access to a large of variety of academic research. Particularly useful databases and publications for students at this institution is the BYU Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, the Religious Educator, Reviews on Books on the Book of Mormon 1989-2011, Studies in the Bible and Antiquity, and Maxwell Institute Publications. The search engine functionality allows you to refine your search to articles relevant to your research topic.

Sign up for a free account at JSTOR to access up to 100 free academic articles per month.

CORE is a free database that pulls open access research from all over the world into one place. Google Scholar also offers access to *some* free online research. It can be particularly helpful to pull relevant articles from the BYU Scholars Archive. The Digital Commons Network, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the Scientific Electronic Library Online are additional resources.