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.
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.
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.
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).
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 https://www.pts.edu/barbour-library/Online-Resources.
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.