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eBooks: Free Resources

Additional Free Resources

Due to the difficult times during COVID-19, numerous vendors and publishers have been working to provide various free resources. This page will list free resources along with a brief description. 

Free Resources

  • RedShelf - providing students with free access to learning materials. Students may access up to 7 eBooks for free after signing up. Expires May 25th.
  • EBSCO eBooks - allowing free access to their Academic eBook Collection which contains over 200,000 titles. Expires June 15th,
  • Project MUSE - temporarily free content to thousands of eBooks and journal articles. Expires May 31st-June 30th (varies by publisher).
  • EBSCO: Faculty Select - over 12,400 Open Educational Resources. Limit results to OER only.
  • JSTOR - Open Access eBooks and journals from JSTOR and Artstor. JSTOR has also granted temporary access to all archive collections but requires patrons to login (PTS students/faculty/staff only).
  • Theology & Religion Online - from Bloomsbury/T&T Clark this resource contains primary texts by major theologians, Lectionary Commentary series, major reference works, monographs/companions/classic works, and much more! Most content is available in HTML format and free until May 20th.
  • University of Michigan Press - content is free to read until April 30th. 
  • Ohio State University Press - free access to OSU Press eBooks for the duration of the crisis. 
  • Vital Source - free access to etexts for 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. through May 25th. Students will need to create an account with Bookshelf using their PTS email.
  • Cambridge University Press - 700 higher education textbooks in HTML format (free access has been temporarily shut off but Cambridge plans to reinstate it soon).
  • National Emergency Library - "books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation" while institutions are closed. 
  • Cengage Unlimited - 14,000 eBooks but faculty will need to fill out a form to contact a representative. Students will then need to sign up for a 14-day free trial but students can do as many free trials until the end of the semester.

More Free Resources

  • RefWorks is offering a free end user training session on March 31, 2020 at 1:00pm. If you can't attend, still register because a recording will be sent to all that have registered. Click here to register.

Electronic Resources Librarian

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Carrie Carter
Contact:
Clifford E. Barbour Library
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-924-1382