Vision Colleges Student Online Resources

Welcome to our students Online Resources. From this page you can access thousands of books, documents and libraries to assist your research and download Vision Colleges online resources.

You will find help to conduct research, academic journals, Biblical study resources, commentaries, dictionaries and Encyclopedias and much much more. Some of these resources are free and some require a fee.

Sample Book

This document provides samples from several of our books with portions of their assignments. Different authors offer examples to give you an idea of the quality of Vision Colleges study materials.  We do not provide simple study notes, but every subject attracts its textbook at no additional cost.


Student Study Helps and Hints

A booklet to assist students in understanding our requirements and guidelines of study, helpful hints.  Every student must have a copy.


Introducing Vision Christian College

An outline of the courses and the program with our NON-Accredited or Recognised courses.

Introducing Vision International College

An outline of the Accredited Vocational program Christian Ministry and Theology


Degree Outline

An outline of the degree options issued through Vision International University and the Texas University of Theology.  Vision Colleges is proud to be able to offer degrees issued through these two great ministry focused universities.

Student Handbook

The student handbook covers the Accredited Colleges, this manual outlines the college and the student responsibilities.

Resource Centre Manual Australia

Resource Centre Manual (rest of world)

Resource Centre Manual or  how  to  run a  Local Church Bible College


Taster Program

A brochure on our Taster Program for a local church bible college

Non Vision Colleges Online Resources

How to Conduct Research Online:

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

We recommend that as a student, you register with Questia. It is an excellent online library.   These Online Student Resources are from a vast range of resources on the internet.

Recommended Libraries 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. A perfect 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. More magazines and newspapers and Highbeam seem to have fairly good coverage in education, health, and science.
  • Bible Sprout
    “Bible Sprout is a fresh Bible study resource with the perfect variety of study materials, which enables quick, easy, and thoroughly access to the Word of God, making it a great blessing to everyone.”

Library Databases

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

  • 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.
  • Ovid
    Ovid has absolutely a dizzying array of databases and information products. For example, their medical databases are expensive but indispensable to many.
  • Wilson Web Databases
    The old green “Readers’ Guides” are now available at one’s fingertips and full-text versions. The Wilson databases include journals and publishers that are not always easy to find, particularly in business and agriculture.
  • 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 digitised and included, which means much less reliance on interlibrary loan. An article about JSTOR appears here: Bowen, William G. “The Academic Library in a Digitised, Commercialised Age: Lessons from JSTOR.” ALA Midwinter Participants’ Meeting (based on Romanes Lecture, delivered at Oxford University, October 17, 2000). January 14, 2001. Online. Available:
  • Emerald Full-Text
    This tends to have a business and management orientation. The journals are excellent, and the interface is easy to use.
  • Project Muse
    Originating at Johns Hopkins University libraries, this is one of my favourite databases. The articles are full-text, and they cover fascinating journals in the humanities.

Online Libraries:

Academic Journal

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

Theological Periodicals

Theological Studies

Biblical Studies

Traditional Reference

Historical Reference

Philosophical Reference

Christian Counseling

How to Cite Electronic Documents

With the advent of the internet over the past decade, there has been an increasing requirement for information about properly treating the citation of Internet sources.

In recent years I have received ever more frequent requests to add the “citation of Internet sources” to the APA Format, and APA Style pages on my Writing Help Central Website.

Accordingly, my summary of the key points for including APA citations in a paper, as per the APA Publication Manual.

Please note that the material below is based on my understanding of the APA standards that I consulted when I wrote this. If you have a complex citation situation, please check the APA Publication Manual.

American Psychological Association (APA)

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

  •  Periodical [On-line]. Available: specify the path.

Last Name, First Initial. (year). Title of the article. Name of

A real example would be as follows:

  •  Available:

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

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:

  •  of the Database or Web Page. Online. Internet. Date accessed.

Last Name, First Name. “Title in Quotation Marks.” Date. Title

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. In addition, 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 concern for North Dakota’s problems (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 (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]

  •  Available:

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

Sample Bibliography

  •  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association. 1994. Publication Manual.

  •  New York: Modern Language Association.

IL: University of Chicago.

Gibaldi, Joseph. 1995. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

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