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Library Orientation: Electronic Resources

Whether you're a new student, or a not-so-new student unsure about library resources and services, the library orientation guide is here to help you get started.

Off Campus Access

If you are unsure of how to access material in our digital collections when not on campus, see the Remote Access LibGuide for more information. Off-campus accessibility is only provided to PTS students, faculty, and staff, with the exception of ATLAS for Alums. If you encounter problems with remote access, call the circulation desk during library hours at 412-924-1354, or email Alyson Pope or Carrie Carter.

Online Commentaries

Two Volume Commentary Sets
Multi-Volume Commentary Sets


Recently, Barbour Library has begun to increase the number of eBooks in its collection. Most eBooks are available through the library's catalog, and the following steps will teach you how to search for them. There are also some eBooks we have available only through databases. See the eBooks LibGuide for more in-depth instruction on utilizing the full range of available eBooks.

At this time, Barbour Library doesn't offer eBooks for checkout or download but for online reading purposes only. Some vendors allow portions of an eBook to be saved or printed but it varies by publisher.

How to find eBooks

Finding eBooks in the Library's Catalog

To begin finding eBooks through the library's catalog, you will want to conduct an Advanced Keyword Search

1. Go to the library's catalog and under "Guided Search and Advanced Search Options," select Advanced Keyword Search from the dropdown menu or click on the Advanced Search link. 

This will take you to a new search screen.

2. Select EBOOK from the "Material Type" dropdown menu to limit your search results to show only eBooks.

3. Enter in your search term(s) in the top box or enter in an asterisk (*) to browse all eBooks in the library's catalog.

4. Click Submit to view your search results.

5. From the results list to view a book description, click on the title. 

6. On the book's detail page, click on the View Electronic Resource (PTS users only) link to gain access to the eBook. 


Finding eBooks in Databases

You can directly access the majority of the library's eBooks through the catalog including eBooks from the following vendors: EBSCO, Project MUSE, JSTOR, Brill, Liverpool, and Oxford. There are a few eBook collections that aren't available in the library's catalog, including Early English Books Online (EEBO).

Recommended Websites

There are a number of sources for material relevant to theology and Christianity that are freely available on the internet, like the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. These sites are trustworthy places where you may find a range of materials, from data and statistics about religion and congregations in the US to classic Christian texts in the public domain. The library has no affiliation or subscription for these sites, so if you encounter any access issues or site maintenance it is beyond our staff's control. See the list at

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 

Searching the Databases

  • Visit the Finding Articles LibGuide for instructions on navigating our various databases, as well as brief descriptions of their specific contents and subject coverage.
  • Check out the Using the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus guide for more detailed instruction on using the ATLAS database. This database is a massive theological resource and the one you will likely find yourself using with the most frequency during your seminary studies. It also has specific tools for searching that are very helpful when doing biblical studies research.