Oxford Press, like some other publishers, have been cooperating to make their books available in various electronic forms. I’ve mentioned Logos before, as one example. Google books is another, as J. Stapley points out.
I’m also aware of two subscription services, which most University students can access for free through a University connection. The first is something called Ebrary.com I stumbled over this at BYU when I was looking for Marc Brettler’s Creation of History in Ancient Israel and discovered that they had an electronic copy of his The Book of Judges. This and many other scholarly books are available and text-searchable through ebrary. I haven’t played with it much, and I have no guidance to how to use it or finding out if your University has access.
The second subscription service is www.OxfordScholarship.com which publishes Oxford titles. A recent announcement proclaims that starting in September of this year, “the majority of its scholarly monograph publishing” will be available on-line. This will include some excellent titles, available wherever you can get internet access (University proxies) , negating the need, perhaps, for interlibrary loan or typing out lengthy quotations into your notes.
A few of Oxford’s relevant titles- Marc Brettler’s How to Read the Bible and Teryl Givens’ By the Hand of Mormon, will both be worthy additions. Notable already are Mark Smith’s Origins of Biblical Monotheism and Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s biography of Paul, and Hoffmeier’s Ancient Israel in Sinai, to pick a few of the nuggets 🙂
A complete pdf list of all religion books currently available can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
Edit: Looks like By the Hand of Mormon is already available .