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About Library Databases


Wright Library purchases subscriptions to many electronic research resources, often called databases.

*However, a number of open access resources are also included in the list.

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Shared Access

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

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

Search Tips

Looking for a book?

You may prefer to search the online catalog to find books, print journals and other physical library holdings. That said, both print and electronic titles are discoverable in both Summon and the library catalog.

Searching a specific database

To search a single database, use the Databases A-Z 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:

  • Narrow your search using AND to connect separate concepts.
    barth AND dogmatics
  • Broaden your search using OR to connect similar terms.
    muslim OR moslem
  • Narrow your search using NOT to eliminate separate terms.
    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:

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