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  • 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 | 2014-2015
  • MyAthens Go to auth.athensams.net/my and log in. o Starting this semester (Fall 2014), the username formula is bem[your student ID number]. So, an example username would be bem22122. – If you have an old username and would like us to update it, please contact us (library@biblical.edu). – Or let us know if you didn’t receive an account-activation email.
  • MyAthens After you’ve logged in, this is what you’ll see: o You can customize this page by clicking the “Add panel +” link toward the top right. o Each link in the “All resources” panel goes to a different database. We’ll take a look at each of them separately.
  • EBSCO A to Z o EBSCO A to Z is basically a catalog of online full-text journals. You can search by journal title or general subject, but not by article. – If you use the main search, make sure you use broad enough search terms—don’t panic if you don’t get any results the first time you try. o Why use it, then? It lists 2000+ titles, which is many more than EBSCOhost. And again, they’re all full-text. So “bibl*” would find both “bible” and “biblical”.
  • EBSCO A to Z o If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, it might be best to use the “subject” tab. o This allows you to look at only journals that cover the (very general) topic you’re interested in. o Once you’ve found something you want to read, you might have to choose between a couple of different links. They’re all free. It’s just a difference in what time- range is available at each one.
  • EBSCOhost EBSCOhost allows you to choose what combination of databases to search—one, all, or several. Just check the tickey-box(es) next to the desired database title(s), or click on the titles themselves. o Not sure where to start? Click the “select all” box.
  • EBSCOhost You can search by: o Article title, author, subject, ISSN (this pulls up articles from a specific journal), and more, depending on the database(s) being searched o The “all text” option looks inside the articles themselves.
  • EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials even allows you to search by scripture chapter and verse! Just make sure that you select the database directly—it won’t be an option if any other databases are active.
  • EBSCOhost Different databases allow you to limit your search in particular ways. (If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options, don’t worry: “search all” is always the default.)
  • EBSCOhost o You can limit or expand your search results by adding and removing limiters in the left column. o Anything that’s marked “full text” can be read online. Otherwise, we’ll need to get it for you through interlibrary loan or borrowing directly from a TCLC or SEPTLA library.
  • EBSCOhost o For full text articles, you usually have a choice between PDF and HTML; you can save or print from inside the article. o The right column gives you options for the article record.
  • WorldCat.org o Unlike the EBSCO databases, you don’t need to log in to use worldcat.org, but creating an account will allow you to save searches and make lists of materials. – This account would be entirely separate from your Biblical- related accounts. o You can limit your search by type of material, or just search everything.
  • WorldCat.org o As with EBSCOhost, you can limit your search results in different ways in the left column. o If you have an account, you can also click the check box by any title you’re interested in and save it to a list. o To look at an individual item, just click on the title.
  • WorldCat.org o Within the title record, you can enter your ZIP code to see the closest library with a copy, and then check with library staff to see if you have borrowing privileges there. o Or email a request for interlibrary loan directly to us at ILL@biblical.edu.
  • WorldCat.org o You can also limit your search from the start to downloadable articles (which is the same as EBSCO’s “full-text”). – Make sure “downloadable article” is the only format checked. o Once in the title record, click the “view online” link, which will take you to the webpage where the article is hosted.
  • Questions? Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about something! o Call: 215.368.5000 x123 o Email: library@biblical.edu