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Research Tools: Library Catalog, Databases, Ebooks & Journals

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Combined search of the library catalog, articles, journals, eBooks, and some databases.


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Search the the Austin Seminary Library Catalog & the Seminary of the Southwest Library Catalog.


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Search full-text articles, abstracts, and journal titles for citations and research. Includes peer-reviewed sources.


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Search, read online, or download over 165,000 full-text eBooks from our collections.


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Stitt Library Catalog

Library Catalog

Search for books and journals in the Austin Seminary and SSW libraries by using our joint library catalog.


Databases (ATLA Religion Database, Credo, Oxford Biblical Studies, & other databases)

ATLA Religion Database & other databases 

The ATLA Religion Database is the main research resource for religion studies. It includes more than 45,000 journals, and is produced by the American Theological Library Association.  For help searching EBSCO and its many features and databases, please see our Searching EBSCO guide.

Access EBSCO's ATLA Religion Database

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Access EBSCO's ATLA Religion Database and other EBSCO databases

(Search by selecting any combination of ATLA, Academic Search Complete, Catholic Periodical Index, etc.)

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with with your seminary email user name and password.

For Alumni access, contact Stitt Library at: libraryiq@austinseminary.edu


Credo is an excellent place to begin when you are first learning about a topic. On this site, you will be able to search encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks on topics ranging from Christianity to other religions to the interaction of religion and society. The articles available on their site provide a concise overview of a topic with an authority you can trust. Check out their topic pages for images in the public domain that you can cut and paste into presentations without worrying about copyright restrictions. You can also search in the library catalog and in the EBSCO database Academic Search Complete directly from their site for easy one-stop-searching.

If you would like to learn more about using Credo, check out this handout or view some of these helpful videos.

Access Credo Reference Online

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online 

Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides many excellent tools and resources for in-depth Biblical study. In addition to six different Bible texts, you can also access the Oxford Bible Commentary and two Concordances, which can be read side-by-side on the same screen. You will also have access to more than 6,000 reference entries from a variety of Oxford reference sources. Additionally, there are hundreds of images and maps to help you visualize the biblical world.

If you would like to learn more about using Oxford Biblical Studies Online, check out this handout.

Access Oxford Biblical Studies Online

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

Other Subscription Databases 

These databases are provided by the Texas State Library and Archives TexShare databases program. Resources include: the Learning Express Library, medical reference, homework help for kids, job searching & resume help, a hobbies & crafts center, small machine repair, and genealogical resources. Please contact the public services librarian with questions about accessing these databases.

Access other subscription databases

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

e-books (EBSCO Ebooks, ProQuest ebrary, & Christian Classics Ethereal Ebooks Library)

e-books via EBSCOhost  

Search for e-books using EBSCO's eBook Collection database. Searches approximately 183,000 e-book titles.

You can find detailed information on finding, downloading, and using e-books on our e-Books FAQ.

Access EBSCO eBooks

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

e-Libro and ProQuest Science and Technology Ebooks (ProQuest ebrary)

e-Libro Premium includes over 100,000 titles from more than 500 publishers, 95% from Latin America and Spain. e-Libro Premium also includes Open Access titles for seamless access to scholarly works. Books for the collection are selected for both research and instructional value from leading commercial, academic and university press publishers from Spain and all countries in Latin America. The full range of academic topics is covered in the collection, as well as more general reference works.

The Science and Technology Ebook Subscription offers carefully curated ebooks spanning coverage in all science and technology topics with exceptional strength in computers and IT, engineering, life and physical sciences, and math.

Access ProQuest ebrary (e-Libro and Science and Technology Ebook Collection)

**Note: This resource is temporarily only accessible from on campus. Contact libraryiq@austinseminary.edu with any questions.

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

A large Library of Christian primary sources online. Titles may be viewed online in plain text or purchased in PDF format. Includes a complete set of the Church Fathers, the Institutes of Christian Religion by Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries, etc.

Access The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Journals (EBSCO Full Text Finder, The New York Times, & The Chronicle Of Higher Education)

EBSCO Full Text Finder 

(Formerly known as EBSCO A-to-Z.)

This tool provides a searchable list of journals and other full-text resources available through Stitt Library. Search Full Text Finder by browsing discipline or by journal title. Please contact the public services librarian with any questions.

Access EBSCO Full Text Finder

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

Chronicle of Higher Education 

Chronicle of Higher Education is a partial subscription website with news, information, and trends in higher education. Through the Stitt Library subscription, current students, faculty, and staff can get complete access to the site.

Access Chronicle of Higher Education

 **If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

The New York Times (U.S. and International) 

The New York Times U.S. and International editions are available through an Austin Seminary Stitt Library subscription. Only current students, faculty, and staff are eligible for access. 

Note: The NY Times account you create will use your email username (Ex.'John.Calvin') if you comment on any articles. Please be aware of this privacy concern. 

First-time Users: Using the link below, create a NY Times account using your seminary email address (xxx.xxx@student.austinseminary.edu). Your account will be valid for one calendar year. After that calendar year, you will need to repeat the instructions for First-time Users.

Create a New York Times Account [First time logging in]

Returning Users: Access the New York Times website directly or through the link below and log in using your NYT account created above. 

Access New York Times Newspaper [Using your NY Times account]

Austin Seminary Sermons and DMin projects

Austin Seminary Sermons

Shelton Chapel Sermons and select special event sermons are available through Austin Seminary's iTunesU channel.

Launch iTunes

How to access iTunesU (pdf file)


Finding Austin Seminary DMin Projects

This handout will help you to locate DMin Projects completed by former APTS students. Some are available online (see below), ALL are available in print in Stitt Library.

Proquest Dissertations & Theses  

Austin Seminary DMin projects from 2013 and forward are in Proquest Dissertations and Theses database.

Access ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

**If off campus you will be prompted to login with your seminary email user name and password.

 TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network)

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. Titles may be ordered online through their search and order system.

For dissertations submitted prior to 2013, please see the Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN).

More theological research help

More Research Help & Resources

Theological Web Resources

More theological web resources for research.

Stitt Library Subject Guides, Bibliographies, and Pathfinders

Guides created by Stitt librarians to help with research and classes.

Other Libraries

Stitt has reciprocal borrowing privilges at these libraries. For questions on how to check out books from these libraries please contact the public services librarian.

Booher Library Seminary of the Southwest

University of Texas Libararies The University of Texas

Munday Library St. Edwards University

Research tutorials and instruction

IQ (Information Quality)

For information on how to work your way through the research process and tutorials and helpful tips on using these tools, check out the IQ section of the library web site.

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If off campus, you will need to login 
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 For questions regarding off-campus please see our FAQ.

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