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About Library Databases

Princeton Theological Seminary Library purchases subscriptions to many electronic research resources, often called databases. To search a single database, use the Databases (A-Z) List. The resources in this list are primarily restricted to current PTS faculty, staff and students. Users will be prompted to log in with their PTS email and password.

You may wish to begin your search with Summon. What is Summon Search?.

Alumni of Princeton Seminary also may request access to a select number of databases purchased on their behalf. Please visit PTS Alumni for details and to login.

If you are visiting the library in person, please go to Computers and More for information about visitor access to subscription-based e-resources.

Looking for a book? Search the online catalog to find books, print journals and other physical library holdings.

Shared Access

The Princeton University Library has successfully negotiated shared access for the Seminary community to the following databases. (Login with your PTS email and password)

  1. Humanities Source Ultimate
  2. Sociology Source Ultimate
  3. Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam
  4. Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library thanks the Princeton University Library for its ongoing commitment to library collaboration and to shared access where possible.

Search Tips

Searching a specific database

To search a single database, use the A-Z Resource List.

Searching specific fields:

  • All: Searches all the fields available
  • Keyword: All Fields (the default)
  • Title: Searches the title field
  • Author: Searches the author field
  • Abstract: Searches the abstract field
  • Subject: Searches the subject field

Boolean searching:

  • Use AND to connect separate concepts. AND will narrow a search.
    Example: barth AND dogmatics
  • Use OR to connect similar terms. OR will broaden your search.
    Example: muslim OR moslem
  • Use NOT to eliminate separate terms. NOT will narrow your search.
    Example: barth NOT karl

Searching exact phrases:

Using "quotation marks" around your search term may be effective in some searches. For advanced searching, it is recommended that you use the "native interface" of a database.

Searching for full text only:

Each database is unique and not all databases provide full-text.

Additional search strategies:

Use * to find all words that begin with the same root: theolog* finds theology, theologian, theological