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Database Access for Alumni


Database Access for Alumni


A brief introduction to the research databases for which Princeton Theological Seminary has purchased alumni access. You may also wish to visit the PTS Alumni page.

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Working on a children's message for Sunday? Looking for an article written by your favorite professor? Hoping to do a little scholarly exploration? To support your lifelong learning, Princeton Theological Seminary provides you with access to an extensive array of research databases. Welcome home!

For those of you who have already requested and received alum database access from the IT Help Desk, all you need to do is go to the menu near the top of the library website (, click on Alumni, and click on Alumni Login.

If you have not yet contacted the Help Desk, just click on Alumni in the Alumni menu, and you will find information about how to get started.

Once you've logged in, you'll see a list of the databases available to you. Take some time to explore each of them. You might remember using some of them when you were a student, while others may be new to you. Pick one, click on the title, and explore. Academic Search (Alumni Edition) and JSTOR, for example, are multidisciplinary databases providing access to journals in many subject areas. Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a resource that brings together text, commentary and annotation from the Oxford Study Bibles.

Until we are able to implement the new single sign-on on the Library website, you will need to do one additional login. Click any of the database links on the Welcome, PTS Alumni! page (select sign in with your seminary email) and enter your PTS email address and password to complete this secondary login.

You won't need to log in again as you explore, unless you close your browser or leave it idle for a long time.

You'll notice that most of these databases do not resemble one another in terms of the interface or the search strategies. Not to worry! Each database has a help button located somewhere on its landing page, so please do make use of it, if you are unfamiliar with the particular search strategy and other features of the database you are using.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the Reference Librarian or the Discovery & Web Services Librarian by using the links on the library website.