Database Access for Alumni/ae
A brief introduction to the research databases for which Princeton Theological Seminary Library has purchased alumni/ae access
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Working on a children’s message for Sunday? Looking for an article written by your favorite professor? Hoping to do a little scholarly exploration? To support your lifelong learning as a PTS alum, the PTS Library has negotiated, purchased, and — in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology at PTS — is now able to provide you with access to an extensive array of research databases. Welcome home!
For those of you who already have a PTS alum network ID, all you need to do to find the databases is go to the menu near the top of any PTS Library website page, hover over ALUMNI/AE AND FRIENDS, hover over PTS Alumni/ae, and click on Alumni/ae Login.
If you have not set up your network ID yet, just click on PTS Alumni/ae in the ALUMNI/AE AND FRIENDS menu, and you will find information about setting up an alum network ID.
Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a list of the databases available to you. Take some time to explore each of them. You might remember using some of them when you were a student, while others may be new to you. Pick one, click on the title, and explore. Academic Search (Alumni Edition) and JSTOR, for example, are multidisciplinary databases providing access to journals in many subject areas. Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a resource that brings together text, commentary and annotation from the Oxford Study Bibles. MinistryMatters refers to itself as “a community of resources for church leaders.” It's terrific.
You won’t need to log in again as you explore, unless you close your browser or leave it idle for a long time.
You’ll notice that most of these databases do not resemble one another in terms of the interface or the search strategies. Not to worry! Each database has a help button located somewhere on its homepage; so please do make use of it if you are unfamiliar with the particular search strategy and other features of the database you are using. We’ll also be creating more podcasts to show you how to use some of these databases.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the Reference Librarian or the Library Webmaster using the links on the Library website. Once again, welcome home.