Using Biblical’s Online DatabasesPresentation Transcript
Using the Online Databases No cats, but lots of screen shots. Lots and lots of screen shots. Sorry about that—we know you probably would have preferred cats. Biblical Theological Seminary Library | 2011-2012
Go to auth.athensams.net/my/
Use the login you created at the beginning of the semester. Please note that this is not the same as your login for Biblical’s website, the E-Campus, or the catalog.
If you didn’t receive an account-activation email, please, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
After you’ve logged in, the first page you encounter will look something like this:
Each set of databases works differently than the others, as shown below.
EBSCO A to Z
EBSCO A to Z is basically a catalog of online full-text journals. You can search by journal title or subject, but not by article.
Why use it, then? It lists 560+ titles, which is many more than EBSCOhost. And again, they’re all full-text.
Choose which combination of databases to search—one, all, or several. Just check the tickey-box(es) next to the desired database title(s).
You can search by:
Article title, author, subject, ISSN (this pulls up articles from a specific journal), and more, depending on the database(s) being searched
The “all text” option looks inside the articles themselves.
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials even allows you to search by scripture chapter and verse!
Different databases allow you to limit your search in particular ways:
Anything marked “full text” may be read online or saved to your computer.
(Or emailed, printed, cited, linked-to, etc.)
Like EBSCOhost, you can search for articles on FirstSearch. However, very few of them are available to read online.
(This is where interlibrary loans come in handy!)
If you don’t pick a database or subject group to search, the next screen will ask you to do so.
For more information about a database, click the “i” icon to the right of the database description.
Advanced search lets you limit your results in all sorts of ways—by item type or date or language, or even by whether or not we own it—although you can find that out by looking in our catalog to begin with.
Then it’s just a matter of looking through the results for something that looks relevant.
Anything we own will be marked—if you need something we don’t have, just email the record to ILL@biblical.edu, and we’ll request it for you.
Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about something!