Clifford E. Barbour Library
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Remote access to research databases
David Brennan, MLS
Electronic Services Librarian
What is remote access?
Remote access allows authorized users to search research databases from any off-campus location
This service is available 24 hours a day
Who can get remote access?
Any current PTS student, faculty, or staff member
Your library account must be in good standing (i.e. not expired or blocked for missing or overdue items)
(Some access policies are determined by the vendor of the database itself, not the library)
What databases are available?
Currently, the library subscribes to the following databases:
ATLAS (ATLA + full text)
Academic Search Premier
IBRR (Index to Book Reviews in Religion)
New Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts
Oxford Reference Online
These are databases for which the library maintains a paid subscription. There are also freely available databases and links to other library catalogs on the database selection screen.
( They do not require user authentication.)
How do I get access?
Connect to the Internet
Select a database (example screens shown on next 2 slides)
Library Home Page
Research Databases List
Information you will need to have:
Your barcode number (which is on a library card or your PTS ID card:) If you cannot locate this number, contact the library.
Database Authentication Screen
ATLAS Database Screen
You must have cookies and Java enabled on your web browser.
Many full-text articles are only in .PDF format – you will need a document reader from Adobe (www.adobe.com) to view them.
Access has been successfully tested with most newer browsers, including Internet Explorer v6/7, Netscape v7, Firefox v1.06 and Opera 8.5 (all using Windows).
Printing citations and/or articles is dependent on your local settings. (You can also e-mail citations/articles if printing is unavailable at your location)
Technical questions may be emailed to me:
Content (i.e. Database searching questions) to Anita Johnson: