About Library Databases
Search one or more databases to find journal articles and other e-resources. This resource
is restricted to current PTS faculty, staff and students. Users working
off-campus (outside the PTS network) will be prompted to authenticate via the proxy
Looking for a book? Search the online catalog to find books, print journals
and other physical library holdings.
To search a single database (recommended), click on the image below and
then click on the database name in bold type.
To search across multiple databases (to federate your search), click on the
image below, then use the check box to the left of the database name to select those you
wish to explore.
More Search Tips
Searching a specific database
To search a single database, click on the underlined name. You will connect directly to
the database in its original, that is, “native,” interface.
Searching specific fields:
- All: Searches all the fields available
- Keyword: All Fields (the default)
- Title: Searches the title field
- Author: Searches the author field
- Abstract: Searches the abstract field
- Subject: Searches the subject field
- Use AND to connect separate concepts. AND will narrow a
Example: barth AND dogmatics
- Use OR to connect similar terms. OR will broaden your search.
muslim OR moslem
- Use NOT to eliminate separate terms. NOT will narrow your
Example: barth NOT karl
Searching exact phrases:
There is no perfect method for searching for exact phrases in Serials Solutions since
databases may perform exact phrase searching differently. Using "quotation marks" around
your search term may be effective in some searches. For advanced searching, it is
recommended that you use the "native interface" of the database.
Searching for full text only:
Each database is unique. If the "native interface" provides a "Full Text Only" limit
Serials Solutions can interpret, then the search of that database will offer full-text
articles. Some databases do not offer a full-text only limit (and not all databases
provide full-text articles).
Additional search strategies:
Use * to find all words that begin with the same root: theolog* finds theology,
What is a federated search?
SerialsSolutions is a federated search engine that enables you to search multiple library
databases simultaneously. Similar to how Google lets you search virtually the entire
Web, it allows you to search a select number of PTS Library databases for books,
journals, journal articles, reviews.
SerialsSolutions attempts to search each database's "native interface" separately and
then display a list of results. Databases often support different search features or may
have a prescribed searching syntax (e.g., AND, OR, NOT, "FULL TEXT ONLY"). If a database
does not support a given operator or feature it is dropped from the search. This may
cause inaccuracies in your search. Searching a large number of databases at the same
time may increase the likelihood of false returns. For advanced searching, it is
advisable to search appropriate databases, separately, in their "native