About Library Databases
Princeton Theological Seminary Library purchases subscriptions to many electronic
research resources, often called databases. To search a single database
, use the A-Z Resource List. The resources in this list
are primarily restricted to current PTS faculty, staff and students. Users working
off-campus (outside the PTS network) will be prompted to authenticate via the proxy
You may wish to begin your search with Summon.
More information about Summon Search may be found here.
Alumni/ae of Princeton Seminary also have access to a select number of databases
purchased on their behalf. Please visit the PTS Alumni/ae page for details and to login.
Looking for a book? Search the online catalog to find books, print journals
and other physical library holdings.
The Princeton University Library has successfully negotiated shared access for the
Seminary community to the following two EBSCO databases. (Login with your PTS username
- Humanities Source Complete
- SocINDEX with Full Text
The Princeton Theological Seminary Library thanks the Princeton University Library for
its ongoing commitment to library collaboration and to shared access where possible.
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
- Use AND to connect separate concepts. AND will narrow a
Example: barth AND dogmatics
- Use OR to connect similar terms. OR will broaden your search.
muslim OR moslem
- Use NOT to eliminate separate terms. NOT will narrow your
Example: barth NOT karl
Searching exact phrases:
There is no perfect method for searching for exact phrases in Serials Solutions since
databases may perform exact phrase searching differently. 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 the database.
Searching for full text only:
Each database is unique. If the "native interface" provides a "Full Text Only" limit
Serials Solutions can interpret, then the search of that database will offer full-text
articles. Some databases do not offer a full-text only limit (and not all databases
provide full-text articles).
Additional search strategies:
Use * to find all words that begin with the same root: theolog* finds theology,