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Finding Articles: Home

Basic instruction on using library databases to find journal articles.

PTS Databases

The Barbour Library's databases will be your primary source for electronic scholarly articles, and through indexing can also assist you in finding relevant print materials.

Accessing the Databases -

What's a Library Database?

Searching Databases

EBSCO Databases

(Academic Search Premier, ATLA Historical Monographs, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus, ERIC, GreenFILE, LISTA, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts)

All of the databases listed above run on the EBSCO platform. That means their search screens all look the same, and you can cross-search multiple databases simultaneously through the EBSCO Databases (all) link on the library's Articles and Databases page. The Select a Field drop-downs allow you to search by All Text (keywords found anywhere in the text), Author, Title, Subject Terms, and more. For more details on searching an EBSCO database, see the Using the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus LibGuide.



Other Databases

The library also subscribes to several databases that are not on the EBSCO platform. Unlike the EBSCO databases, these databases will not all have the same user interface. You can see from the examples below that their appearance and navigation can be quite different from EBSCO databases, and from each other. However, many have similar features, albeit in different locations. If you are having trouble navigating any of the databases, please stop in to the library for help.













Oxford Biblical Studies Online

Limiting to Scholarly Articles

In some of our databases you can limit the items in your result list to scholarly (also known as peer-reviewed or refereeed) articles only. The different limiters are found on the left-hand side of your result list under Refine Results.

One option is to check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box under the Limit To heading. As you can see, there are some other limiters available that may also be useful in refining your search.

You can also limit your results to scholarly materials by choosing Academic Journals under Source Types.

Theological Databases

As a seminary library, the focus of our collection is theological. The following databases are geared toward theology or related research.

Multi-Disciplinary Databses

Multi-disciplinary databases can be applicable resources when researching the intersection of religion with topics such as philosophy, psychology, culture, ethics, history, and so forth. They may cover religion and theology, but are not as exclusively focused.

Reference Databases

Reference databases provide background information on innumerable subjects and can be helpful in preliminary research.

Research and Instruction Librarian

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