Library News and Events

New Authentication System Beginning 11/2/21

Beginning Tuesday, 11/2/21, you will no longer OneLogin to access library databases and WorldCat. Faculty, students, staff, and DTS grads will use their Microsoft Office-365 credentials to access library databases and WorldCat.

  • Students and grads should use their account.
  • Faculty and staff should use their account.

One person can have multiple accounts. Grads can access only a few databases compared to students, faculty and staff.

Library Statistics

For the statistics junkies: how many books the library owns, how many were borrowed, how many online journal articles were downloaded, etc. 2020-21 library statistics.

Longer Hours of Service

Beginning 8/23/21 we will be open 72 hours most weeks. That includes 8 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday. See Library Calendar.

Book Sale Oct 5–7, 2021, 8:30 am - 3:30 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.

Fall Library Orientation for New Students, August 2021

  • Learn the basics of searching some databases.
  • Meet the staff and hear about services that will help you.
  • Tour the library and media center if times allows.

Orientation sessions are scheduled for the following times this semester. Meet at the globe near the circulation desk for the orientation/training sessions.

Date Day of week Time of day
Aug 31 Tuesday 11:40am-12:30pm
Sept 1 Wednesday 11:40am-12:30pm
Sept 2 Thursday 11:40am-12:30pm
Sept 3 Friday 11:40am-12:30pm

Unable to make a session? See Orientation for Newbies. Contact library reference staff for personal help.

WorldCat Interface Changes

OCLC has begun to roll out a new interface to WorldCat database. This modernized interface makes better use of responsive design principles and works on mobile, laptop and desktop devices. It displays more information. Some functions are still using the classic interface but will eventually be modernized. For example, advanced search is scheduled to be revised by March 2022. There is a seven minute video tour of the new interface.

Mosher renovation

Some modest renovation is planned for Mosher. Mosher Media center will temporarily move to the basement of Stearns Hall around 7/19/21. Journals will move to the basement of Mosher. Then media center will move to the first floor of Mosher. There will be a new technology helpdesk on the first floor. We do not know when this process will be completed.

Masks optional!

Warning added 8/20/21: check DTS website for current covid protocols that supersede old protocols below.

New protocols concerning Masks and Social Distancing. Starting Monday May 31, 2021, the wearing of masks will be optional in the library. However, masks will be recommended for specific indoor areas (e.g., elevators) marked by "masks recommended" signs. Social distancing will not be required for study areas. However, individual study carrels do offer a way to limit exposure between people. Please respect those who wish to use masks and practice social distancing. DTS website provides more details on covid protocols.

All remaining COVID-19 safety measures will remain in place until further notice.

Revised Hours of Service

Schedule revised. Now open 64 hours most weeks. See Library Calendar. You may phone the library to verify hours before coming to campus to use the library.

Special Epidemic Services for Some DFW Students


Some DFW area students do not attend courses on the Dallas campus because of the epidemic. They might be quarantined or at high risk for virus infection, for example. These students are eligible for special reference and document delivery services (such as email delivery of scanned articles). Let us know if you have special needs because of the epidemic. But please do not abuse the service. Distinguish between needs and wants.

(Distance education students--meaning students who do not live in the DFW area--are eligible for special services because they are unable to visit the Dallas campus. This is always true, even when there is no epidemic.)

Books and the virus

Can the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus be transmitted through contact with a book?

We can only offer a non-expert answer to this technical medical question. We think the following is correct. A large initial dose of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can survive for a few days on the cover of a book or inside a book. It may be possible for you to get COVID-19 by touching a book that has the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. However, there is no evidence this is happening. Further, the virus particles naturally deteriorate, and decline of virus concentration is roughly exponential. If a typical book cover is exposed to normal office air and light then the half-life of virus particles on the cover is about 5 hours. So about half the virus particles are disabled in the first 5 hours, half of the remainder are disabled in the next 5 hours, etc. After 24 hours the practical risk is usually low. There are exceptions; the half-life is a bit longer for confined or stacked books, for example. We think risk of transmission from books is similar to the risk of transmission from packages at the grocery store or packages in the mail. That is a low risk.

What is the library doing to prevent transmission of the virus on the surface of books?

We clean the covers of reserve books when they are returned. We quarantine circulating books 3 days when they are returned to the service desk. But books shelved in the reference collection or in the general circulating collection may have been touched by anyone at any time. Custodial staff clean all library furniture and high touch points (doors, restrooms, etc.) frequently. But they do not clean books in the stacks.

What can I do to protect myself?

Wash your hands & use sanitizer after handling books and other library materials. Prevent any virus particles from getting to your mouth, nose or eyes.

What is the basis for all this?

For documentation, see

Added 10/15/2020: literature review.

UPDATE 4/9/21. April 5, 2021 the CDC updated information about surface ("fomite") transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes the COVID-19 disease. "Findings of these studies suggest that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection via the fomite transmission route is low, and generally less than 1 in 10,000, which means that each contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection." See

UPDATE 5/18/21. Library no longer cleans the covers of reserve books when they are returned. Library no longer quarantines circulating books when they are returned to the service desk.

A Notice For New Grads

Graduating soon? Read about services and resources the library will continue to provide for you after graduation.

Library will reopen Monday, 5/4/2020

Library will reopen Monday, 5/4/2020. Nearly all services will be available. A few facilities such as small group study rooms will be closed.

  • In this first phase of reopening, the library and media center will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm.
  • The Library will be sprayed with a disinfectant chemicals first thing every morning, and then touch points will be wiped down through out the day.
  • Maintain social distancing policies. Anyone who enters the library must wear a mask. People who are seated in a large public space AND who are able to maintain their social distance of six feet may remove their masks. If another person encroaches on the six foot area of social distance, then both parties are required to put on a mask. Wear a mask in stairways, restrooms, etc. See library home page for updates and modification of rules.
  • All overdue fines incurred before 5/4 have been waived. Existing loans have been extended to 8/25. So if you borrowed something before we closed on 3/24, then you won't incur a fine as long as you return it by 8/25. However, please return all books you are not still using. Return them now. Other students want those books now! You may use the book-return slot adjacent the front door to return books whenever the library is closed.
  • Normal borrowing rules and normal overdue fines apply for all items borrowed from 5/4 going forward.
  • Contact or 214-887-5280.

Beginning 3/24/2020, Library will be closed until further notice

Due to a public health emergency, library will be closed until further notice. However, a small study space will be available.

  • Overdue fines will be waived.
  • Due dates will be extended, but it will take us a week or so to get that done.
  • For help with ebooks and ejournals, contact or leave voice mail at 214-887-5280.
  • See for a list of many databases arranged by topic.

While the Turpin Library is officially closed to the public and to off-campus students, the first floor of Turpin Library will remain open (8am-4pm, Monday through Friday) in order to provide study space and WIFI access to students living in campus housing. Please note the following:

  • Only students living in Swiss or Washington Tower may use the study space.
  • The second and third floors, which house the circulating collection, will be closed and inaccessible.
  • Space will be limited so that appropriate group size limits and social distancing can be maintained.
  • No library staff are on duty and no circulation service or reference assistance is available.

Spring Library Orientation for New Students, Jan 14–15, 2020

  • 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 RS5101. 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
Jan 14, 2020 Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm
Jan 15, 2020 Thursday 11:30am-12:20pm

Unable to make a session? See Orientation for Newbies. Contact library reference staff for personal help.

New 9th Edition of Turabian in Force

Most papers at DTS should conform to the format detailed in A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian. The DTS supplement to Turabian explains which Turabian options to use, and it provides additional rules specific to DTS. See for links to the supplement, paper templates, etc.

The new 9th edition of Turabian is now the standard governing format and style for DTS papers. It differs from the 8th edition in many small details. The DTS supplement to Turabian has been updated. Note the following three changes.

  • According to the 9th edition, it is no longer necessary to include an access-date for online resources that display a publication date. This includes most online journals and books. Access date is now used primarily for undated items like web pages.
  • Some section numbers in Turabian have changed.
  • According to the DTS supplmenent, when referring to a citation that has just been used in a previous note, use the author-title method of shortening rather than the increasingly obsolete abbreviation ibid. However, the first reference to a work within a new chapter should be a full reference.

Additional Renewal

Faculty and students are now often permitted to renew a book a third time. Formerly only two renewals were permitted. Renewal attempts are still blocked if another user has placed a hold on an item you have borrowed. Why the change? Increased use of online resources has decreased use of print books. With less demand for the print books, we can be more generous with borrowing rules.

New Interface and Provider for L’Année philologique

For the past five years we used the EBSCO interface and search engine to access the L’Année philologique database. It is no longer available from EBSCO. So you will need to use a new interface. See our Introduction to L’Année philologique.

L’Année philologique indexes journal articles and books from 1928 to date concerning all aspects of classical studies from 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. Some citations have abstracts, and the abstracts are in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. Therefore you need to use search terms in all of those languages if you wish to be thorough. For example, to search for a bible passage, use the book name and chapter with quotation marks in the All fields choice under Free search, and use multiple langauges. A search for John 3 would look like << "john 3" OR "johannes 3" OR "jean 3" OR "jn 3" >>. You might also type "testamenta" in the Ancient author and text field under Thematic search. Adding testamenta to a search will reduce the number of extraneous results, but it will miss some relevant results. It is most useful if the book name is common.

Use quote marks in WorldCat for phrase searching

WorldCat discovery now supports use of quotation marks to indicate a search for an exact phrase. Thus "infant baptism" matches the exact phrase. Be sure to use double straight quotes ("infant baptism"), not curly quotes(“infant baptism”) and not single quotes ('infant baptism'). The change took place sometime between 5/8/17 and 10/4/17.

Quotation marks continue to support other functions. For example, put quotation marks around a word to turn off automatic pluralization or stemming. Put quotation marks around a stopword to make it searchable.

Documentation revised for Perseus

We have updated our introduction to using Perseus. This is a fine collection of Greek texts with English translation and some search capabilities.

Holdings Information Easier to Find in WorldCat

Holdings information in WorldCat includes campus, DTS call number, shelving location (e.g., Reference or Bookstacks), whether a copy is available or checked-out, etc. As of Feb 16, 2017, it is easier to find holdings information in WorldCat. This improvement involves a change to how records are grouped in WorldCat. Here is an explanation.

Records are grouped. The WorldCat database often has a different record for every variation of a work: a record for the 1st edition, another record for the 2nd edition, another for a translation, an ebook, a print book, an audio recording, etc. On the initial Search Results screen WorldCat often shows only one record to represent an entire group of related records. It is necessary to click "View all editions" to see all the different records.

Holdings are attached to specific records. Different libraries attach holdings information to different records. So you need to find the exact record in WorldCat that DTS has used in order to find DTS holdings.

Representative records are selected differently. Formerly, the record that represented the group was the mostly widely held variant. For example, if most libraries owned the first edition, then the first edition record was used as the representative for the entire group. If DTS did not use that record, then DTS holdings information was not shown. But now WorldCat attempts to pick the record for the most recent edition owned by DTS. So it should now easier to find holdings information.

New Database covering Chinese Language Humanities and Social Sciences

DTS library users can now search the entire CNKI China Academic Journals (CAJ) database. However, we have purchased access to full-text pdfs in only two series: Literature/History/Philosophy (series F), and Education/Social Sciences (series H). So this is a good source for social sciences and to a lesser degree humanities, including Chinese religion and culture, church history and missionary work in China, Christianity and culture, as well as theological and biblical studies. Most of the articles are written from a secular perspective. The two series contain full-text articles from nearly 3,000 journals dating back to as early as 1932. The CAJ database is updated monthly. See our English language introduction to CNKI Chinese database and Chinese language introduction to CNKI Chinese database.

Changes in WC Scope and Ranking Defaults

We have changed the default Scope and default ranking algorithm for WorldCat searches.

Scope. Formerly WorldCat was configured to search the holdings of "Libraries Worldwide" by default. Now the default setting is to search only the holdings of "DTS Libraries." It is still possible to use the Scope Filter in the left column of the search results screen to change the scope. You can still manually select "Libraries Worldwide" to get much more comprehensive search results. But the selection does not persist; subsequent searches will revert to default. So keep a sharp eye on the Filter settings when you review your search results. We consider this a bug and expect OCLC to fix it.

Ranking. OCLC is refining the relevance algorithm used in WorldCat. They have retained the old algorithm ( "Library and Relevance") and added a new one ("Relevance Only"). The OCLC will not improve the old algorithm. OCLC is improving the new algorithm. We have configured WC to use the new “Relevance Only” ranking algorithm by default.

Search results page

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.

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: . 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.)

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 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.

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.)

New Logos Pro Training Page

See the new Logos Pro training videos.

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.

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 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.

Major Revision in TLG Software

See Classics News and Notes for a description of the changes. The new site is here: .

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.

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:

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.

New eJournal List

Most of the ejournals available from the library are included in the OCLC WMS journal listing. Use this resource if you want to know if a specific journal is available full-text online. See How to Access 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
Bible. Apocrypha.

We warned you back in 2008 that this was coming. More here.

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.

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.

New link: Classical Latin Texts

Classical Latin Texts contains most literary Latin texts up to A.D. 200. Enter from Home by agreeing to the terms of use. Find links at the upper left for Authors, Word Search, and Concordance. Click Authors to retrieve a list of classical authors. Choose an author for a list of works, and choose a work to read the text. Use Word Search to search for a word, phrase, or words related by specific operators. Click the gear icon for the list of operators or to set up filters for authors or works. The program does character string searches but allows for word breaks. Use Concordance to retrieve a line of text for each occurrence of your word or phrase with the citation on the left. Click a citation to go to the text. These texts were previously available on The Packard Humanities Institute's CD ROM 5.3. You can find a complete listing in the Canon of Latin Authors.

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.
Any field search image

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Special Collections Relocated

Special Collections, including archives and the rare book collection, have relocated from the Mosher building to third floor Turipn.

Collection of Course Syllabi Online

The library no longer maintains a collection of DTS course syllabi. Find course syllabi online.

6,500 TREN edocs available via BIBLOS

Over 6500 TREN edocs, including many masters theses and regional ETS papers are cataloged in BIBLOS and available for download. The pdfs are encrypted. When you click a TREN link in BIBLOS, you will be promoted for your DTS ID and library PIN/password. You will then see an intermediate screen that provides the password to decrypt the file. There will also be a link to actually download the file.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New ATLA Heirarchical Scripture Reference Index

Scripture Reference menu

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.

Scripture Reference expand Dt

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scofield archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.