Using the Online
No cats, but lots of screen
shots. Lots and lots of screen
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know you probably would have
Biblical Theological Seminary Library | 2014-2015
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
– Or let us know if you didn’t receive an account-activation
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 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.
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
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.
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.)
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.
o For full text articles, you usually have a choice between
PDF and HTML; you can save or print from inside the
o The right column gives you options for the article record.
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-
o You can limit your search by type of material, or just
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
o To look at an individual item, just click on the title.
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
o You can also limit your search from the start to
downloadable articles (which is the same as EBSCO’s
– 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
Please let us know if you’re still
scratching your head about
o Call: 215.368.5000 x123
o Email: email@example.com