How do I access the library's electronic resources?
All of the library's e-resources can be found through our catalog, librarycatalog.vts.edu. This is the library's home page; from there, you can search for books or articles and find links to additional guides. In the main catalog search box, there is an option to limit your results by "electronic only." During this time, that is a helpful limiter that streamlines the results pages.
Once you find the resource you want, click on it. On the resource's page below the title information, there will be a series of links "click on the following to:" Use the link that says "read or download" and you'll be taken to a vendor-specific page to access the resource. From there, you can read the resource online, or download portions to PDF.
Do I need to log-in or authenticate to access resources?
Yes. When you are off-campus, you need to authenticate as a library patron. When you click through to view an e-book or e-journal article, the system will automatically prompt you to authenticate. On this page, you'll need to enter your last name and library barcode. You'll only need to do this once per browsing session.
For an in-depth guide to remote access, visit: https://vts.libguides.com/remoteaccess
What are the differences between the 3 catalog search boxes?
The library catalog has 3 main entry-points at librarycatalog.vts.edu. The Main Catalog, the ATLA Religion Database, and the EBSCO Discovery Service. While these often overlap, each search method has unique features.
How do I download articles or book chapters?
Different vendors provide resources to the BPL collection, so the process is slightly different depending on how you access resources. To download pages, you'll need to click through on the resource you're looking for. Look for this button:
For in-depth instructions on downloading resources, visit http://vts.libguides.com/ebooks
The book I need is not available electronically, what are my options?
Many resources are only available in print format, often due to publisher restrictions. If there is a specific resource you need, email firstname.lastname@example.org and library staff will try to find an e-version for you. If we cannot, we will work with you to identify alternative resources for your research.
At this time, library staff cannot scan pages for you. The seminary offices, including the library building, are closed. If this changes, we will update you on how to utilize this service.