Library News and Events
Library Statistics for Fiscal Year 2015-16
For the statistics junkies: how many books the library owns, how many were borrowed, how many online journal articles were downloaded, etc. 2015-16 library statistics.
Announcement posted 10/4/16
No internet access 10/16/16
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016, from approximately 5:00 am to 1:00pm Dallas time, there will be No (inbound or outbound) Internet access at the Dallas and Houston campuses due to equipment maintenance.
Announcement posted 9/28/16
DMin Access to Library
The official DMin sessions are as follows:
Winter session: October 15-April 14
Summer session: April 15-October 14
DMin students have library and database privildges during these periods. Contact the registrar if you need library privileges at other times. Also feel free to contact library staff about special needs.
Announcement updated 9/7/16
Fall Training in Media Center, September 19—October 21 2016
Free training sessions will be held at the Media Center September 19–October 21. The following sessions will be offered: Creating Bible Charts in Excel, Creating Bible Timelines in Prezi, Creating Newsletters in Publisher, Making Your Own Website, Podcasting for Ministry, PowerPoint Basics, Turabian Style for DTS Papers, Video/Photography Lighting Basics and Using Zotero to Format Footnotes & Bibliographies. To sign up for the session(s) you will attend call (214) 887-5285, email email@example.com, or stop by the Media Center (basement of library). For a calendar with dates, times and training session descriptions, go to goo.gl/6D0P2g
Announcement updated 9/6/16
New Version of Index Theologicus (IxTheo)
Index Theologicus has released the alpha version of a new IxTheo. This is both an expansion of content and a change in software interface. The publisher says: "The new IxTheo is a comprehensive bibliography for theology and religious studies. It is now possible to search not only for articles, but also for monographs, databases and relevant Internet links. A selection of review journals is now also included. When the relevant licenses permit it, it is possible to access directly the complete text of the articles, reviews and books."
I haven't tested the search engine, but the new interface is an improvement. New features include links to online contents (only a few links so far), table of contents links (Inhaltsverzeichnis), and publisher blurb links (Klappentext). The detail record display screen offers a list of "similar items." There are a few open access links (Kostenfrei) such as to Theologische Literaturzeitung.
IxTheo has long been known for currency. Journals are indexed within 24 hours of the time they were received at the Tübingen university library. Yes, libary staff do all that work. I expect IxTheo is or will soon ingest some data from publishers directly rather than having library staff key the records.
IxTheo has long been known for providing coverage to some European titles not in ATLA. That coverage now seems to be expanding a bit more. A search of the one word "resurrection" in the default field retrieved 2,195 citations, of which 1230 are English language and 965 non-English. Format breaks down as 1,112 articles, 946 books, 134 reviews and some misc. Only 45 have online links to the full text.
It is still FREE, thanks to the Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen.
The new Index Theologicus is here: https://ixtheo-test.de/ . Remember this is an alpha version.
Wifi for grads and community users
We now have a guest wireless network in addition to the student wireless network. The new DTS-Guest network is dedicated to serving currently registered Community Users and DTS grads. Ask staff at the circulation desk for the password. Be mindful of normal internet security risks; we do not guarantee security or safety. Do not abuse the network. The network is intended to support library research. The guest network is fast enough to stream a movie, but it is not intended for entertainment.
Unregistered visitors are not permitted to use the Guest network. Free wifi is available at some fast food outlets near Baylor hospital on Gaston. Public libraries provide free use of computers and internet access. The Erik Jonsson Central public library is just 1.9 miles away. The 001 bus goes down Live Oak and passes within a few blocks of Jonsson. The Lakewood branch library is 2.3 miles away. The 019 bus goes up Gaston and stops next to the Lakewood branch.
Documentation for New TLG interface
TLG provides a nearly exhaustive corpus of ancient Greek literature. Last year they rolled out a new interface. We now have documentation for the new interface to TLG. (You can still see documentation for the old interface to TLG, too.)
Documentation revised for Loeb Online
We have updated our introduction to using Loeb Online. This is a great collection of Greek and Latin classic texts with English translation and some limited search capabilities.
Fall Library Orientation for New Students, Aug 30–Sept. 2, 2016
- Learn the basics of searching some databases.
- Tour the library and computer lab.
- Meet the staff and hear about services that will help you.
Orientation sessions are scheduled for the following times this semester. These sessions are helpful to all, but the are especially valuable for MA students who do not take RS101. Please sign-up at the library circulation desk to reserve a place. Meet at the globe near the circulation desk for the orientation/training sessions.
|Date||Day of week||Time of day|
Unable to make a session? See Orientation for Newbies. Contact library reference staff for personal help.
Announcement revised 6/24/16
New feature in WorldCat: Spelling Suggestion
WorldCat now attempts to provide a spelling suggestion when the search result set is very small. A spelling suggestion will be displayed on the results screen of an executed search when one or more of the following conditions are met.
- The query returns less than five (<5) records
- A misspelled word is detected based on an evolving list of user-derived data and English language dictionary terms
To see an example, search for << galations AND Abrahamic >>.
Spelling suggestions are based on previous searches. The system should improve as it acquires more data to analyze.
Announcement posted 5/16/16
Restored Database: BAS Online
BAS Online includes the full text of Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and a few other BAS publications on biblical archaeology. Most content is written by experts for churches and the general public. As of 2016 BAS Online contains over 7,000 articles, 22,000 high-quality images, and selected video lectures. Search by keyword, title, author, Bible passage, publication, content type, date, or a combination of these. Keyword searches the title, author, and full text. (Technically this is not a new database for us. You may remember that we subscribed to BAS for several years but terminated our subscription about two years ago. Now that the website has been improved and we have obtained a discount, we are subscribing again.)
Announcement posted 4/22/16
A Notice For New Grads
Graduating soon? Read about services and resources the library will continue to provide for you after graduation.
Announcement revised 5/4/16
New Logos Pro Training PageSee the new Logos Pro training videos.
Announcement updated 4/1/16
Book Sale April 19–20, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
- Hundreds of titles.
- Turpin Library front porch
- Priced to sell.
- Some titles sold only as whole sets.
- New titles added daily. No early-birds, holds or reservations.
- Cash or check. All proceeds will be used to buy library materials and pay for special unbudgeted library projects.
- Book dealers, please wait until the last day of the sale to shop. We want our students to have the first opportunity to select.
Is the library selling its collection? Not at all. Every year friends of the library donate books to the library. Many of these gifts duplicate what we already own. Some are outside the scope of our collection. So we sell them. On rare occasion the library also sells volumes discarded from the collection such as obsolete editions, worn copies, and other unneeded items.
Announcement updated 2/29/16
Spring Training in Media Center, Jan 2016
Training introduces Turabian Style Guidelines, Zotero Footnote Software, Bible Time Lines in Prezi, and Bible Charts in Excel. See the complete media training schedule for topics and dates.
Announcement updated 12/11/2015
Password for WorldCat and ALL Library Databases
We use your WorldCat Account to control access to ALL library databases, not just WorldCat. For example, if you are off campus and you go to the library website and click a link to use the ATLA database, you will see the WorldCat login screen and then be connected to ATLA.
So Create a Password for your WorldCat Account.
If needed, consult How to Create or Reset a WorldCat Password for help. You must have a working email address in your library record in order to get a password.
Your WorldCat Account will enable you to renew books, place holds, etc. See About My Account for additional features and information.
Announcement updated 6/12/2015
WorldCat has replaced BIBLOS
For years the seminary community has used WorldCat as a database. Now we are also using it as our local catalog. It has replaced BIBLOS. So WorldCat is the resource you will use to find what we own, to renew your books, to place holds, etc. We think you will adjust to WorldCat easily, but see this introduction to searching WorldCat and see http://library.dts.edu/Pages/RM/DBM/WC/ for local documentation.
Throughout 2015-16 library staff will be busy tuning operations and adjusting procedures to exploit the new software more fully. Those changes will mostly be invisible to the general public. But we will be rolling out some additional benefits for students toward the end of 2016.
Curious about why we switched from Biblos to WC/WMS? Some features and benefits of the new software are as follows.
- The WC database. When you search DTS library holdings, you are also searching a database of millions of books owned by thousands of libraries all over the world. Items owned by DTS are displayed first, then items in DFW and Houston areas, then items from the rest of the world. In addition, WC is moving toward a more Google-like search experience for WC Discovery, although this is still a few years in the future. Things on the agenda include: spelling correction; seamless access to full-text (it is not yet seamless); relevancy ranking based on a central index of content harvested from thousands of publishers; linked data and knowledge cards.
- Mobile friendly interface. Use the web browser on your smartphone to search, renew, etc.
- Support for extension libraries. We are now able to support branch libraries with their own circulation rules, etc.
- Support for non-English language resources, cataloging, and users. Support for Unicode characters. Now you can see Chinese script, for example. User interfaces in Spanish, Chinese, and several other languages.
- Support for electronic resources. Our old software was designed to support book-centric staff functions. Now that we use electronic resources, and rent as well as own resources, we have new needs, calling for very different software features. Our new software has a knowledge base which helps with selection, rental, purchase, and cataloging of e-resources. The KB drives the OpenURL resolving service which figures out where and how to obtain ebooks and ejournals when database citations lack links. Our new software has an Electronic Resource Management (ERM) module (which we have not purchased) that tracks license terms, costs and subscription dates, vendor contact info, etc.
- Electronic transmission of orders and invoices for old fashioned books as well as e-resources. This requires relations with vendors to make it work.
- Less DTS time and expertise required for computing support. The server, the software, and the data are located not on campus but at a service bureau accessible via the Internet. We no longer have to buy or maintain a server or upgrade software.
- SIP/NCIP support for self-checkout systems. We may possibly use self-check at extension sites where small enrollment makes it is hard to justify staffing for long hours.
- Infrastructure to support single sign-on so we can eventually use one password and authentication system for all DTS websites and online services. Eventually.
- Better resource sharing. OCLC/WMS is a cooperative/shared venture; the work done by one library benefits all other libraries in the cooperative. Sharing (between libraries) of data and software and services may be more efficient and more economical for us. This includes shared selection and order info, shared cataloging, shared license and linking info, shared central harvesting and discovery, etc. Sharing also supports interlibrary loan and consortial purchases.
- Trustworthy vendor. OCLC, the system vendor, is a nonprofit corporation governed by libraries for libraries.
- Lower cost. Really! Money saved is being redirected to purchasing ebooks and ejournals.
Announcement 5/30/15 and revised a few times since
Major Revision in TLG Software
Announcement updated 2/13/15
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference. Full-text subject-specific reference books such as the Encyclopedia of the Reformation. This is a good place to go for an initial overview of a topic. However, at this time (11/2014) we only have access to 40 reference works from Oxford.
Announcement posted 11/2014
New resource: Loeb Classical Library Online
Loeb Classical Library Online. Formerly available at Turpin library only as a print/paper resource, LCL is now available online. LCL includes more than 520 volumes of Greek and Latin texts with English translations. Search by author, title, words in Greek and Latin texts, and words in English translation. Use quotation marks to delimit an exact phrase. Advanced search supports "OR" and "AND" operators. You can also do an initial search for a single word, then pick "Search within Results" to specify an additional word.
Texts are not lemmatized or morphologically tagged. Use TLG, Perseus, and Logos when you need advanced grammatical search options. Use Loeb to display Greek with corresponding English translation. Incidently, nearly 300 of the old public domain volumes are available free for download here: http://www.edonnelly.com/loebs.html
Announcement posted 9/29/14
New resource: Taylor and Francis online journals
Taylor and Francis Online. Provides access to 1,100 social science and humanities journals, with coverage from 1997 to date. Covers a broad range of disciplines including Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Humanities, Behavioral Science, Business, Management, Economics, Criminology, Education, Geography, Planning, Urban Studies, Environment, Media, Cultural and Communication Studies, Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, Public Health and Social Care, and Sociology.
Announcement post 8/8/14
New eJournal List
Most of the ejournals available from the library are included in the OCLC WMS ejournal listing. Use this resource if you want to know if a specific journal is available full-text online. See Finding Online Journals for a brief tutorial.
The new OCLC WMS ejournal list and openURL resolver replaces the Serials Solutions product we used from 2006 through mid-2014. Why have we switched? The new product integrates tightly with other modules of OCLC WMS software which you will begin to see around July 2015. WMS will result in much improved access to electronic resources.
Announcement posted 7/23/14
Silent Zones AND [Soft] Conversation Zones
The library has designated certain areas as silent zones, including Mosher 1st and 2nd floors, and Turpin 3d floor. You will see signs as you enter those areas of the facility. In the slient zones please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Please keep noise to a minimum.
- Use stair wells for soft conversations or phone calls.
- For group work, use a group study room.
- Consider Walvoord or Mitchell for extended conversations.
The library policy on noise is as follows. Library users should recognize that noise can disturb those who are studying. Library users should also recognize group study and collaboration have an important role in education, and this collaboration requires conversation. The library distinguishes special Silent Zones from normal study areas. Users should not talk in designated silent zones, but may talk softly in other parts of the library to conduct library business, including group study. Users should set phones to "vibrate" and should only use cell phones in the stairwells. Conversation is permitted on the patio and in group study rooms.
Announcement revised 6/4/14
Updated Documentation: How to Use EBSCO Ebooks
Using EBSCO Ebooks explains how to use ebooks on the EBSCO platform, including reading them online, downloading them, or transferring them from one device to another, including personal computers, dedicated ebook readers, tablets and smartphones.
Announcement revised 3/13/14
New Database: Index Religiosus
Index Religiosus is a promising but unfinished amalgum. It is based on the merging of two now defunct print sources: the annual "Bibliographie;" portion of the journal Revue d'Historie Ecclesiastique and the annual "Elenchus Bibliographicus" portion of the journal Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. IR does not yet contain all the citations from all the old print volumes. As of Jan 2014, IR consists of 565,000 bibliographic and 123,000 book review references. Brepols promises to add about 185,000 records during 2014-2015.
Coverage is broad. Focus is on bible, systematic/dogmatic theology, and church history, but it also covers pastoral theology, church education, christian aesthetics and many other topics. It cites books, journal articles, and book reviews. Emphasis is on scholarly works in European languages. Roman Catholic literature is particularly well covered.
Both the old print bibliographies in ETL and RdHE listed citations according to their locally devised classified structures (outlines). The Index Religiosus database has converted these class categories into very broad subject headings. Note the two different classification systems used by ETL and RdHE mean there is enormous inconsistency in the combination. When you do an initial exploratory keyword search for a topic, be sure to examine results in detail to see what headings might be useful from the classification systems. Brepols promises "starting in 2014, new records will be indexed by a unique classification system." That may bring order to the present semi-chaos.
The search engine supports logical operators (and, or, not) and the asterisk(*) as a wildcard. Help is available online, and introductory video tutorials are available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL70371EFDB3812D9B.
Announcement revised 1/15/14
EBSCO video tutorials
EBSCO YouTube video tutorials. EBSCO has posted more than 50 brief videos to YouTube concerning various EBSCO functions and features. It includes some sales/promotional material, too.
Announcement revised 12/31/13
New Website: Corpus Thomisticum
Corpus Thomisticum includes The complete works of Thomas Aquinas in latin according to high quality critical texts. The Index provides access to Searchable lemmatized latin texts. There is also an extensive searchable bibliography on Aquinas and his doctrine. This is the key site for Aquinas. Freely available to everyone.
Announcement updated 10/7/2013
New Database: PsycARTICLES
PsycARTICLES contains more than 163,000 full-text articles from nearly 80 scholarly journals in the field of psychology, including all the APA journals. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. PsycARTICLES uses the same controlled vocabulary Thesaurus of subject headings as PsycINFO.
Although it is possible to search the PsycARTICLES database by itself, we suggest students search PsycINFO instead. The two databases are linked, so any citation in PsycINFO that matches a PsycARTICLES document will display a clickable link to download the pdf from PsycARTICLES. PsycINFO is also linked to several other full-text databases, so PsycINFO is the key to accessing full-text from many sources.
Announcement updated 7/22/2013
Terminology for Bible Searches Has Changed
Rules which govern standardized subject terminology for books of the bible have changed. These changes affect BIBLOS and WorldCat and most library catalogs in the US. The ATLA database already conforms to the new standard.
Subject headings for individual books of the Bible now use the name of the book immediately following "Bible" rather than interposing the name of the appropriate Testament.
|Old/Obsolete standard||New/Current standard|
|Bible. O.T. Ezra||Bible. Ezra|
|Bible. N.T. Revelation||Bible. Revelation|
Old Testament and New Testament will be spelled and no longer referred to by the abbreviations O.T. and N.T. Subject headings used to identify parts of the Bible as aggregate works will have the forms:
Bible. New Testament
Bible. Old Testament
We warned you back in 2008 that this was coming. More here.
Announcement updated 7/18/2013
Free: EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero
Many at DTS use Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley or other similar software to manage bibliographic citations, notes, and pdfs. Competition is driving some dramatic changes.
In early April 2013, wealthy science journal and book publisher Elsevier acquired Mendeley. A "basic" version of Mendeley is free; advanced version available for annual fee. In late April, EndNote has announced a "basic" version free, a $.99 ipad app, and advanced version for annual fee or for one time purchase.
Turpin Library will continue to offer instruction in use of Zotero (which has always been free), but over the next year we will be evaluating the free versions of competitors.
Announcement updated 4/24/2013
New Database: L’Année philologique
L’Année philologique, formerly available at Turpin library only as a paper index, is now available online. APh indexes journal articles and books from 1928 to date concerning all aspects of classical studies from the second millennium BC to about 600 AD, including Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Abstracts of journal articles are in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. Books entries often include tables of contents and book review information. APh does not provide full articles online, and Turpin Library owns only a fraction of the material cited in APh, but you can use interlibrary loan to obtain copies of articles provided you can wait a week or two for delivery. No doubt you are already familiar with the EBSCO search engine, but see APh search tips for suggestions specific to APh.
Announcement posted 2/11/2013.
New database: Catholic Periodical and Literature Index ONLINE
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, formerly available only as a paper index, is now available online. CPLI covers Roman Catholic periodicals, essay collections, church documents, papal documents and electronic resources expressly addressing the practice and intellectual tradition of Roman Catholicism. 1981 to the present. Empahsis on popular English language publications, but expanding coverage of scholarly literature from 2012.
Announcement post 7/2/2012
Recarpeting Turpin, May 14—June 9, 2012; closed Saturday 5/26
This summer carpet will be replaced in all parts of the Turpin building (not Mosher). The process will begin May 14 on the third floor and take 3 to 4 weeks. The library will be open and usable all the time except Turpin and Mosher buildings will be closed Saturday 5/26. Each day a portion of the library will be inaccessible, but staff will be able to retrieve books for you at any time. You may smell carpet adhesive. Ever see a range of books stacks, fully loaded with books, rolled out of the way to make room for recarpeting?
Announcement updated 5/1/2012
New link: Classical Latin Texts
Announcement posted 9/27/2011
Convenient new searchbox supports searching multiple databases simultaneously
For quite some time now it has been possible to connect to any EBSCO database (e.g., ATLA) and then use "Choose Databases" to select multiple databases and search all of them simultaneously with a single search. But many students seemed to be unfamiliar with this feature. So we have added a searchbox on the library home page to advertise this feature and make it easy to use single search. See image below.
Single search is convenient but it is not the best way to execute precise searches. Part of Search Tips part one discusses the pros and cons of the generic Single Search kind of technology.
Announcement post 9/23/2011
New resource: Sage online journals
Sage Online. Over 140,000 full-text articles from 400 social science journals from 1999 to date. Covers a broad range of disciplines including Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology, Education, Family Studies, Language and Linguistics, Management, Psychology and Counseling, Social Work, and Sociology.
Announcement post 9/23/2011
Ebooks now on EBSCO platform
NetLibrary ebooks have moved to the E-books on EBSCO platform. Now that theological publsihers are just beginning to license their titles to libraries for online ebook access, we expect this collection to grow rapidly.
Announcement posted 7/29/2011.
Download dissertations from semi-new database
We now have online access to thousands of PhD dissertations. Proquest dissertations, formerly Dissertation Abstracts International, cites nearly every US PhD/ThD dissertation accepted by an accredited school since 1861. We have had access to the citations and abstracts for years, but now we have access to pdf downloads for many but not all of the cited dissertations. It includes few PhD dissertations outside the US and few DMin dissertations. (Check RIM for the DMin dissertations). Subject headings are very broad (e.g., religion, biblical studies). Title and abstract and full-text of the documents are all searchable. If you are retrieving too many irrelevant citations, then just search the title field. If you are retrieving too few, search the full-text of the dissertations.
Announcement posted 7/27/2011.
New links to rabbinic sources
Online Responsa Project=Global Jewish Database includes Hebrew Bible and traditional Jewish commentaries, the Babylonian Talmud with Rashi's commentary and Tosafot, the Jerusalem Talmud, the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides, Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, Midrashim, and hundreds of books of responsa. This is an excellent source for rabbinic sources. 100% Hebrew language; no English. Even chapters and verse numbers of the bible are in Hebrew, not Arabic numerals. Login is not necessary in order to search (in Hebrew) and view a result list. But if you wish to view detailed context for search results, you must login as a subscriber or register as a guest.
You may also be interested in Rabbinic texts in Hebrew (Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Tosefta, Mishneh Torah [Maimonides]) or Talmud, Soncino English translation or Ancient Jewish resources listed by national library of Israel.
Announcement posted 2/25/2011
Special Collections Relocated
Special Collections, including archives and the rare book collection, have relocated from the Mosher building to third floor Turipn.
Announcement posted 9/30/2010
Collection of Course Syllabi Online
The library no longer maintains a collection of DTS course syllabi. Find course syllabi online.
Announcement posted 2/1/2010.
New subscription database: Iter
Iter indexes literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), including journal articles, books, essays in books, and book reviews. Religious topics are prominent. As of 2009 there were about one million citations.
Announcement posted 11/30/2009
New link: École Biblique
École Biblique et Archéologique Française indexes books, journal articles, and essays, most of them dealing with biblical exegesis and archeology of the Near East, as well as the language and literature of people of the Ancient Near East. Strong in Palestine and Qumran studies. Uses a French or English interface with French subjects. Search the Library Catalogue or Title field in English and examine hit records to find French subject headings. The gospel of Matthew, for example, is written "Matthieu NT". The advanced search allows you to choose a book, chapter, article, periodical, map, etc. Search indexes for author, series, or subject. The default search operator is AND. Search also with NOT and OR, but not *. Add records to a cart and e-mail the cart.
Announcement posted 11/30/2009
EndNote Software Discontinued
EndNote is no longer provided as a download and is no longer supported by DTS. For alternatives, see Software for Creating Footnotes and Bibliographies.
Announcement posted 8/20/2009
Just for Kids
Looking for books, DVDs and CDs for young children? See our new children's collection! Local public libraries and book stores have a wealth of edifying (and sometimes not so edifying) secular material for kids of all ages. But public libraries typically have little religious material for kids. Our collection is meant to complement what you find at the public library and to show you how a church library can minister to children. Located behind the bound periodicals, the books and media are primarily for preschool through sixth grade children, and can be borrowed for three weeks. Works range from classic to contemporary, and we will gradually add new items.
Announcement posted 8/3/2009
New ATLA Heirarchical Scripture Reference Index
The ATLA database now supports a new Scripture Reference index to specific chapters and verses of the Bible. Just pick the Scripture menu item as illustrated above.
The system will respond with a list of books of the bible in canonical order. Select "Expand" to display chapter and then verse-specific choices.
The good news is that a verse-specific selection will match ranges that implicitly include that verse. For example, select Deut 6:5 and you will retrieve not only records that mention that exact verse, but also records that refer to Deut 6:1-7 and Deut 6:1-9. The indexing routine understand 6:5 is included in 6:1-7. Very nice.
This new index is based on the long standing Scripture Citation index and therefore has inherited the coverage limitations of the SC index. Before the end of summer we will update our ATLA documentation to reflect the new SR index and to indicate when using the old SC index is still preferable.
Announcement posted 6/17/2009
Unicode Fonts for Biblical Studies
Suppose you compose your paper at home, then bring the file to the library computer lab to print using our laser printers. But we don't have the fonts you used for Greek and Hebrew. What happens when you print? How can you prevent this problem? See our introduction to unicode fonts. And learn where to get free fonts.
Announcement posted 6/12/2009
Software for Creating Footnotes and Bibliographies
Frustrated by the tedium of creating properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies? Struggling to keep track of hundreds or even thousands of sources in your bibliography? See our guide to Software for Creating Footnotes and Bibliographies. Note our new Introduction to Zotero, which provides a very brief explanation of how to use Zotero, including how to import records from EndNote, how to build a database of citations, and how to create footnotes while composing your paper in MS Word. This will be especially valuable for students who have been using EndNote and wish to migrate to Zotero.
Announcement posted 6/8/2009
New link: Electronic Thesis Online Service (EThOS)
EThOS offers access to full-text doctoral theses from participating UK Higher Education Institutions right to your desktop and usually for free. It contains over 250,000 records at this time (3/2009), but most are non-theological, so don't get too excited. To see a thesis, create a login and check the agreement to honor the conditions of use. After that you may download the thesis to print and/or store it electronically for an unlimited time. If you want to read a thesis that EThOS has not digitized, you may request it from them. Staff from EThOS will inform you when the thesis is ready for download or will let you know if they are unable to make it available. Many UK institutions offer free download to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions do not offer Open Access, and the researcher may have to pay for digitization in that case. EThOS is operated by The British Library on a not-for-profit basis and charges are set only to cover costs.
Announcement posted 3/30/2009
ATLA subject headings for Bible passages have changed
ATLA has changed the standard form of entry for subject headings about Bible passages. It used to be like this:
Bible (NT) Corinthians I 11-14
but it is now like this:
Bible. Corinthians I 11-14
Note "(OT)" and "(NT)" no longer appear in the headings.
The form of entry for Scripture Citation field searches/browses has not changed. Confused about the distinction between the subject field and the scripture citation field? For a refresher in how to lookup Bible Passages in ATLA, see ATLA Tips.
Announcement posted 11/28/2007.
New link: Calvinism Resources Database
Calvinism Resources Database includes about 10,000 citations for journal articles, book essays, book reviews, and lectures. The list of journals indexed is unavailable but extensive. Browse by subject or author. Search by keyword, title, subject, author, journal, year, or abstract with Boolean AND and OR but no wildcard. Search and mark records. Save or print a bibliography from the marked records. Marks are deleted with a new search. Sorting works imperfectly, and records contain some typos. In some cases you must click a title to go to the fuller record for publication information, but these records cannot be added to a bibliography list. Maintained by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies and available free to all.
Announcement posted 9/12/2007.
New subscription database: Philosopher's Index
Philosopher's Index cites scholarly journal articles, essays, books, and book reviews, published from 1940 to the present in English and major European languages. Most articles and essays are abstracted. PI focuses on aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and metaphysics, but also includes literature on philosophy of education, history, science, religion and other fields. Try sample searches for religion, faith, free will, theism, interpretation (= hermeneutics), philosophical anthropology (= nature of man), soul and resurrection to get a feel for the range of useful topics covered.
Announcement posted 8/28/2007.
New subscription database: JSTOR
JSTOR includes over 700 full-text scholarly journals in the fields of history, archaeology, classics, the arts, literature, psychology and various sciences, education, language, and much more. Coverage of theology/religion is weak, but this database is a good complement to our religious resources. JSTOR provides complete retrospective access for each journal from the year of inception up to a recent cutoff date, but does NOT supply access to very most recent volumes. (Recent is defined by the publisher but usually means the five most recent years are not available. This is meant to protect income the publishers make from current subscriptions.) Includes articles and book reviews.
Journals in JSTOR are listed in the library ejournal listing. So if you already have a journal citation, go to the ejournal list to see if that journal is included in jstor or one or our other ejournal packages.
You can go directly to JSTOR and search for articles. Search title, author, or full-text; limit by journal or discipline. Browse by discipline, journal, and issue. Use Boolean operators and some fancier features such as synonym expansion. Sorts by relevance, journal title, or year.
You can also use Internet search engines like Google and Yahoo and MSN Live Search to find JSTOR articles. But if you are off the Dallas campus when you search via these search engines, then you will not be able to display the actual articles unless you login to the library proxy server to authenticate your relation to DTS. See our tech note on engaging the proxy authentication mechanism to display articles. This is the most confusing aspect to using JSTOR when you are off campus. It is not an issue when you are on the Dallas campus.
Announcement posted 8/9/2007.
New link: Searchable Greek Inscriptions
The Searchable Greek Inscriptions database currently (May 2007) contains Greek inscriptions from Greece (including Crete, Cyprus, Thrace), the north coast of the Black Sea, Syria, Egypt, North Africa, Germany, and unknown provenances organized by period and corpora just like the IG outline. Browse by geographic area or search for words and phrases. Includes all Greek inscriptions formerly on the PHI cdrom, and PHI plans to expand the database. These inscriptions are not included in TLG (which consists of literary texts only). This website requires a Java enabled browser. Available free from Packard Humanities Institute. See our SGI tutorial for a brief intro to searching this database.
Announcement posted 5/21/2007
New subscription database: TLG cd-rom superseded by TLG Online
For more than a decade we have had access to the TLG cd-rom. But now we have access to the expanded TLG Online. The current online release of Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) includes nearly all surviving Greek texts dating from 8th century B.C. to A.D. 600, and the majority of surviving works up the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453. It does not include "non-literary" documents like business records, general correspondence, inscriptions, etc. Find information about the authors and works included in the TLG Library in the Canon of Greek Authors and Works at the TLG website. Wondering what the difference is between Perseus and TLG? Perseus provides convenient English translations for a limited but important body of searchable Greek text. TLG offers no English, but covers far, far more Greek text. Both provide links to LSJ lexicon entries. Use Perseus to save time. Use TLG to be thorough.
Announcement posted 2/5/2007
New subscription database: Communication Abstracts
CommAbs covers approximately 130 of the most important scholarly journals about communication. Coverage of mass communication topics (journalism, broadcasting, advertising, plus technological, legal and business aspects of mass communication) predominates but you will also find material about interpersonal communication in various social and cultural settings, and material about rhetoric and oratory. See introduction to ComAbs for fuller description and search tips.
Announcement posted 11/2006
New link: Index Theologicus
Index theologicus is important as a current awareness source. Journals are indexed within 24 hours of the time they are received at the Tübingen university library, so this is by far the most current theological database. See our Intro to IxTheo for fuller description and search tips.
Announcement posted 9/21/2006
The DTS Archives recently solicited and received a small collection of research material from Dr. William A. BeVier, a DTS alumnus. The collection is composed of correspondence and copies of resources he collected while writing A Biographical Sketch of C. I. Scofield, his masters thesis at SMU in 1960. This collection is significant because it includes copies of several of the limited original resources concerning Scofield, which are housed in various repositories. The collection also gives insight into BeVier's research process and represents a time when photocopiers were not common.
BeVier's collection complements some other small collections in the DTS Archives. In 2002 we received a donation of fifteen letters (forty six leaves) C. I. Scofield wrote to Frank W. Boyle, a pastor Scofield mentored. The Archives staff created a collection of photocopies of documents at Scofield Memorial Church. The material copied included church records related to Scofield and L. S. Chafer as well as a few Scofield Family papers. Another collection in the Archives consists of photocopies of two letters written by Scofield to his daughters. There is also some Scofield material in unprocessed papers related to L. S. Chafer. We are creating records in the library's online catalog to help potential researchers to locate this archival material. The collections have greater value as a group than they have individually, and would be a good starting point for research about Scofield.
Announcement posted 10/31/2005
New Service: "Due Soon" Early Notice
Always forgetting when your books are due? Want to avoid overdue fines? A new library service may help you. The library now sends "Due Soon" early warning notices two days before borrowed items are due. This reminds users to return or renew the items before they become overdue. This is a courtesy notice. The library is not obligated to remind borrowers just before an item comes due, and failure to receive a notice does not absolve borrowers of responsibility for returning items on time.
Announcement posted 8/2005.
New Policy: Early Privileges for Incoming Students
Incoming new students who have registered and paid for the upcoming semester are now extended full student privileges two weeks before their first semester begins so they can work ahead on assignments.
The policy concerning prospective students remains unchanged. Prospective students who have been admitted for an upcoming semester but have not registered and paid for the current semester are not current students and are not eligible for borrowing privileges. Contact the library if you are in this category and have special needs.
Announcement posted 8/2005.
New subscription databases: Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts
For decades the print vols of OTA and NTA have been mainstays of biblical research. Now Turpin Library provides access to OTA and NTA online.
Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts abstract journal articles and essays on the bible, biblical languages, and history and archaeology of the biblical era. Most important English language biblical studies journals and many non-English journals are included. Abstracts are always in English. Emphasis is on scholarly literature, but some popular magazines are included. Many theological viewpoints are represented, but there is some emphasis on Roman Catholic sources. OTA and NTA are available online and also in print. As of July 2005, OTA database held 40,000 records (27,000 journal articles; 7,000 essays; the rest books) for literature dating from 1977 to date, just like the print vols. As of July 2005, NTA database contained 33,000 articles abstracts, 13,800 essay and book abstracts. The NTA database covers publications dating from 1985. On the other hand, print vols of NTA begin with 1956. Eventually the database will be as complete as the print. The print volumes have scripture passage and Greek or Hebrew word indexes, but there are no subject headings so you must browse under broad subject categories outlined in the table of contents for subject access.
Announcement revised 7/27/2005
80th Anniversary Exhibit, Spring 2005
The 80th Anniversary exhibit, "Celebrating 80 Years: Highlights from the History of Dallas Theological Seminary, 1924-2004" is currently on display. Photos of some items from the exhibit are on the web.
Announcement posted 1/3/2005
DTS grads may now use the ATLA/ATLAS database
Turpin Library has purchased access to the ATLA/ATLAS database for DTS graduates. There are over one million citations in ATLA, some of which are linked to complete articles. In fact, over 50,000 full-text scholarly theological journal articles are available online. This includes articles from Bib Sac, JBL, JETS and a host of important titles. (At present the articles are delivered as pdf graphic images. The graphic files are big so downloading or printing may take considerable time. Within a few years the images will be supplemented with fully searchable texts of the articles, and downloading will be much faster.)
ATLA provides fairly complete coverage of Christianity and selective coverage of other religions from 1949 to date (and retrospective indexing is underway). ATLA indexes articles and book reviews from most major English language theological journals and from some especially important non-English journals. It also indexes essays/chapters from selected festschriften, conference proceedings, and other multi-author books. ATLA indexes literature on Bible, theology, church history, pastoral ministries, world missions, and current events. The focus is scholarly theological literature, but it includes a sampling of non-scholarly publications about popular Christian culture and church life especially from the mainline Protestant viewpoint.
Access ATLA from the Electronic Research Resources for Alumni page and login using your DTS ID and library PIN/password. ATTEMPTS TO CONNECT FROM OTHER PAGES WILL FAIL because those other pages require current student logins.
See also ID and password info.
Announcement posted 12/14/2004.