The essential resource for researchers from a Christian worldview!

The Christian Periodical Index® (CPI®) (ISSN 2572-1933) is the comprehensive electronic index to journal articles and book reviews from across the evangelical Christian perspective. CPI, first released in 1957, is updated quarterly by ACL volunteers and produced and distributed by EBSCO.

  • Indexes more than 190 publications (including 100+ academic journals and 80 peer-reviewed titles)
  • Includes over 500,000 articles and reviews from the mid-20th century to present
  • Covers major doctrinal positions within evangelical Christianity
  • Produced by the Association of Christian Librarians® (ACL), distributed by EBSCO, and updated quarterly

What is unique about CPI?

  • New in 2022! Users can limit search results to linked full-text or peer-reviewed journals, and search by scripture citation
  • Contains titles from a wide variety of disciplines that present a Christian viewpoint — education, history, literature, medicine, music, nursing, philosophy, science, and sociology
  • 103 titles indexed in CPI are not found in other major religion databases and 70 titles are found ONLY in CPI
  • Indexing done by ACL members

CLC members are eligible for a 15% discount on CPI available through EBSCO. Contact EBSCO to get a price quote or a trial version. Be sure to mention you are a CLC member to get the 15% savings!

Title Lists:

  • Current titles—Alphabetically
    (.doc or .pdf)
  • Current titles—By Subject
    (.doc or .pdf)
  • All titles—Alphabetically
    (.xls.html or .pdf)
  • Full text titles (.html)
  • Peer-reviewed and scholarly titles (.pdf)

CPI Team Members

Carrie Beth Lowe
Team Coordinator
Johnson University

Sarah Wessel
Managing Editor
Association of Christian Librarians

Steve Brown
Editor Emeritus

Douglas Butler
Articles Editor

Jule Kind
Indexer Training Coordinator

Laura Ladwig
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Jamey Wilkes
Reviews Editor
North Georgia Technical College

Lori Thornton
Retrospective Indexing Coordinator
Carson-Newman University

More about CPI for...

Many librarians serve as indexers for CPI. If you are interested in this type of professional contribution, please contact the CPI Team Coordinator.

The Christian Periodical Index (CPI) currently indexes more than 190 publications. New titles are considered for addition to the index based upon member, indexer, and publisher recommendations. The CPI Team evaluates titles throughout the year and bases its decisions on a written selection policy, copies of which are available on request from the CPI Team Coordinator.

CPI has grown steadily since its start and continues to achieve significant milestones:

1957 –  The first issue of CPI was published with indexing back to 1956

1999  – Online and CD-ROM formats using the SilverPlatter platform were developed and hosted by BCR (Bibliographic Center for Research)

2009 – CPI became available via EBSCOhost

2012 – Record count surpasses 300,000

2012 – Last print index (volume 35)

2017 – Record count surpasses 400,000

If you would like to recommend a title to be a part of CPI’s future, please email the journal title and its publication information to the CPI Team Coordinator.