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The J. Oliver Buswell Jr.
Library
Topics: Biblical studies, theology, liturgy, church music, Catholic faith & life.
Sources: Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.
Indexing: 200 titles. 198– present.
Topics: Theology and Biblical Studies.
Sources: International academic journals, essay collections, and conference proceedings.
Indexing: 600+ journals, 1600+ essay collections, 2700+ conferences. 1970– present.
Sources: Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Missiology, and Doctor of Educational Ministry projects from schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
Indexing: 1981– present. Includes abstracts.
Description:

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae allows researchers to conduct word searches across virtually all surviving Greek texts from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, and the majority of surviving works up to the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453.

Description:

A database of Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th century BCE) through the 13th century CE. Includes a database of approximately 2.5 million lexically parsed words, and tools for analyzing the data.

Description:

Database of Greek inscriptions from Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Thrace, the north coast of the Black Sea, Syria, Egypt, North Africa, and Germany.

Inscriptions can be searched in Greek, or browsed by region.

Topics: John Calvin and Calvinism.
Sources: Journal articles, essays, and lectures.
Indexing: 1960– present.
Description:

Index of periodicals published by the Christian Reformed Church and its subsidiary institutions (e.g. Banner).

Indexing: 20 titles. Many titles are completely indexed.
Description:

Index of hymn tunes from English-language hymns printed anywhere in the world before 1820.

Searchable by tune name, text contents, composer, or source.

Description:

Database of hymn texts, hymn tunes, hymn writers, and hymnals. Includes biographical information from sources such as the Psalter Hymnal Handbook and Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology.

Indexing: 5,500 hymnals, 195,000 texts, and 16,700 tunes.
Full Text: Many hymn texts, full scores, and media files.
Topics: Growth and development of children through the age of 21.
Sources: Journal articles, technical reports, books, and dissertations.
Indexing: 239 journal titles. 1880– present. Includes abstracts.
Topics: Bioethics and professional ethics. (GenETHX is a subset of ETHXWeb focusing on genetics.)
Sources: Journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles.
Indexing: 251,100 records. 1988– present.
Full Text: Some links to the full-text providers.
Topics: The environment and environmental perspectives on agriculture, education, law, health, technology, etc. Global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, alternative fuel sources, etc.
Sources: Academic journals, trade publications, books, and research reports.
Indexing: 759 titles (294 peer-reviewed). 1913– present.
Full Text: Links to open access journals where applicable.
Description:

Comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness—from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Topics include aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, men’s & women’s health, etc.

Topics: Clinical medicine, public health, health policy development, dentistry, experimental medicine, health services administration, nursing, nutrition, pathology, psychiatry, toxicology, veterinary medicine, etc.
Sources: Scholarly medical journals.
Indexing: 5,500+ titles. Over 19 million records. 1946– present.
Topics: Everything. General, all-purpose database.
Sources: Mostly journal articles; some scholarly books and reports.
Indexing: 8,500+ titles (7,400+ peer-reviewed). 1911– present. Includes abstracts.
Full Text: 4,600+ titles (3,900+ peer-reviewed).
Topics: Business, humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, social science, technology.
Sources: Journal articles.
Indexing: 26,124 titles. 1990– present.
Topics: Broad coverage of all aspects of the humanities, including anthropology, art & entertainment, communication, economics, education, ethnic & cultural studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, etc.
Sources: Academic journals, magazines, and books.
Indexing: 2,800+ titles, 1909– present.
Full Text: 1,840+ titles.
Topics: Scholarly materials posted on the open web from a variety of disciplines.
Sources: Articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.
Full Text: Hit or miss. Some materials freely available; others require payment or subscription.
Topics: General reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues.
Sources: General periodicals, book reviews, pamphlets, reference books, biographies, government documents, primary source documents, and an image collection.
Indexing: 2,689 periodical titles plus other full-text materials below. 1975 present. Includes abstracts.
Full Text: 1,687 periodicals, 500+ reference books, 107,000 primary source documents, 510,000 photos, maps & flags.
Description:

CAMIO contains about 95,000 works of fine and decorative art dating from 3000 BCE to the present—representing premiere examples of Asian, African, Latin American and Western art. Content includes high-resolution images of photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles, books, installations, and architecture—plus audio-video and mixed media.

High-resolution images are available for download, and all content is rights-cleared for educational use.

Topics: Multidisciplinary digital resources from open archive collections.
Sources: Born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and data sets, such as theses, technical reports, research papers, and image collections.
Indexing: Over 23 million records from more than 1,100 digital archives.
Full Text: Direct links to each resource.
Description:

Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. ArchiveGrid includes nearly a million detailed descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives worldwide.

Sources: Papers presented at conferences worldwide.
Indexing: Over 6.9 million records. 1993– present.
Sources: Every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.
Indexing: 192,000+ records. 1993– present.
Topics: Documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences, humanities, science, and technology (agricultural sciences, anthropology, arts, biology, chemistry, communication science, demography, economics, education, engineering, exact sciences, foreign affairs, geosciences, history, law, library & information science, linguistics & literature, management & accounting, medicine, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, religion, and sociology).
Sources: Articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews, and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues.
Indexing: 2,700+ journals. 1975– present.
Topics: US government issues.
Sources: US government publications including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
Indexing: 507,000+ records. 1976– present.
Topics: All areas of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Sources: Journal articles, market research reports, industry reports, country economic reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses.
Indexing: 3,312 journal titles (1,908 peer-reviewed) plus 10,233 other materials. 1911– present.
Full Text: 2,127 journals (1,101 peer-reviewed) plus 10,182 other materials.
Description:

Business, company, and industry information and data.

  • 440,000 company profiles plus 10,000 company histories and chronologies.
  • 30,000 top lists, market share tables, product rankings, and market forecasts.
  • 1.5 million investment reports.
  • 1,300 industry overviews and 10,700 market research reports.
  • 8,000 association records.
  • 5,000+ periodical titles (3,700+ full-text). 1977– present.

Plus stock quotes, charts, historical stock prices, and financial statements.

Topics: Items from international, national, and regional news sources.
Sources: International, national, and regional (U.S.) newspapers; television and radio transcripts.
Indexing: 502 newspapers and other news sources. 1985 present.
Full Text: Cover-to-cover for 40 national and international newspapers; selective for 330+ regional and additional international newspapers.
Topics: Business news.
Sources: Business journals, newspapers and news wires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Indexing: 181 titles.
Full Text: 161 titles.
Description:

A collection of e-books and e-audiobooks selected by the Library staff, plus a shared collection of e-books from MOBIUS. Read online or download to your computer or tablet.

Description:

Search or browse the full-text of major reference works.

Includes full subject encyclopedias on African religion; American religion; American religious history; bioethics; Buddhism; counseling; drugs, alcohol and addictive behavior; Islam and the Muslim world; Judaism; marriage and family; philosophy; psychology of classroom learning; religion; religious practices; and science and religion.

Description:

Digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education. Collection is fully searchable and can also be browsed by author, title, or subject. Also includes Scripture search. All texts are produced from works in the public domain.

Description:

Digital library of over 76,000 books and journals on theology and religion. Hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary.

Description:

A collection of digitized material from several large research universities.

  • 4.8 million book titles.
  • 8.8 million total volumes.
  • 2.4 million volumes (~27% of total) in the public domain.

Full view available for public domain materials, uncopyrightable works, and works where permission has been granted. Limited preview available for others.

Description:

Reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Topics include Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Health and Medicine, and Policy for Science and Technology. 3,000+ titles. Most (but not all) are free.

Description:

Collection of over 19,000 books on a multitude of subjects. The collection is strongest in literature. All texts are produced from works in the public domain.

Description:

Large collection of Edwards' works produced by the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Collection is fully searchable and can also be browsed by date, theme, title, or Scripture. 1,700+ documents. Access requires registering for a free account.

Topics: Librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management.
Sources: Periodicals, books, research reports, and proceedings.
Indexing: 900+ titles (490 peer-reviewed). 1964– present. Includes abstracts.
Description:

Catalog of books in nearly every library in the United States and many libraries around the world.

Description:

Catalog of over 8 million dissertations and theses available in libraries around the world.

Description:

A comprehensive database of American genealogical and historical sources with coverage dating back to the 1700s—primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The collection consists of six core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses records from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades.
  • Genealogy and local history books—over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) for genealogy and local history periodicals.
  • Revolutionary War records.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records (1865–1874) for tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789.
Topics: History, literature, biography, science, and social sciences.
Sources: Overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia elements.
Indexing: 16,800 topic overviews, 28,000 biographies, 3,000+ literature plot summaries, 13,500 pieces of literary criticism, hundreds of primary source documents, and hundreds of plays & poems.
Full Text: All items.
Description:

A search service designed for young learners. Content includes 85 elementary school magazines, a built-in encyclopedia and dictionary, plus educational books, newspaper articles, and thousands of photos, maps & flags.

Data sets included: Primary Search · Book Collection: Nonfiction (Elementary School Edition) · Newspaper Source. Also included for teachers: Academic Search Premier · ERIC · Professional Development Collection.

Description:

General information source for children in K through 5th grade, featuring an age-appropriate visual interface.

Contains 99 full-text magazines, over 100 books, and 3,000 searchable images.

Description:

A search service designed for students in the middle grades. Content includes more than 140 popular middle school magazines,thousands of biographies and historical essays, a built-in encyclopedia and dictionary, plus educational books, newspaper articles, and thousands of photos, maps & flags.

Data sets included: Middle Search Plus · Book Collection: Nonfiction (Middle School Edition) · Newspaper Source · Science Reference Center. Also included for teachers: Academic Search Premier · ERIC ·Professional Development Collection.

Description:

A search service designed for high school students. Content includes nearly 500 popular high school magazines, 85,670 biographies, 107,000 primary source documents, 360 reference books, plus educational books, newspaper articles, and thousands of photos, maps & flags.

Data sets included: MAS Ultra—School Edition · Book Collection: Nonfiction (High School Edition) · Newspaper Source · Science Reference Center. Also included for teachers: Academic Search Premier · ERIC · Professional Development Collection.

Topics: Biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.
Full Text: 182 periodicals, 725 reference books, 23 encyclopedias, 812 essays, 3,790 full-length biographies.
Description:

Online practice tests, skills improvement courses, and test preparation ebooks covering ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, Advanced Placement, civil service, military, real estate, law enforcement, citizenship, TOEFL, ESL, basic skills for elementary, middle, and high school, and much more. Materials available for all ages—elementary through adult—and each practice test provides instant scoring and customized feedback.

Also features the Job & Career Accelerator, which includes an online resume and letter building tool, job and internship listings, and occupational profiles; and the Computer Skills Center, which includes video tutorials on popular software.

Free registration with the Learning Express site is required to access the practice tests.

Description:

The Review of Biblical Literature, founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields.

Contains over 4,100 full-text reviews.

Description:

An online scholarly review resource, religion is just one part of this review collection. The reviews archive is separated into annual volumes. You can browse through the volumes or use the search feature to assist in finding reviews.

Description:

An archive from 1990 to present of book reviews for classical resources. The site also can be searched across the years by keyword. Religion is just part of this collection of reviews.

Description:

Provides an archive of reviews from 1993 to present in the field of Medieval Studies.

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Meet the Library Staff

Jim Pakala - Library Director
Jim Pakala
Library Director

Prior to his arrival at Covenant in 1991, Jim had, since 1974, directed the Biblical Theological Seminary Library. His three graduate degrees are from Philadelphia area schools. In 1975 he was ordained and married Denise Marchand. Their son, Kent, now married, was born in 1979. Since 1975, Jim has been involved part time in chaplaincy, first with the military, then with the police. He also has served on several library association boards. Milestones of his time at Covenant include worldwide library integration, tripling the building's size, and fast access to vast digital and physical resources. Library Staff members are paramount to the Library's success, and Jim's gratitude for them is keen!

Steve Jamieson - Associate Librarian for Public Services
Steve Jamieson
Associate Librarian for Public Services

Steve (MDiv ‘04) began working in the library after graduating from Covenant. As an alumnus, he draws upon his Covenant experience to help current students with their own research, whether through individualized assistance or in-class tutorials. In addition, as a trained librarian, he manages electronic materials and works to ensure the quality of the library’s services. Steve brings to Covenant a passion for applying technology to research and education. When he’s not working, you can often find him walking his neighborhood with his wife, Dorothy, and black lab, Luke.

Chris Goodman - Access Services Librarian
Chris Goodman
Access Services Librarian

Chris began working at Covenant in 2010. He spends most of his time at the front desk of the Library assisting students, the Covenant community, and the general public with the various tools and services that the Library offers. Chris uses his professional training to help students at the beginning, middle, and end of their research. When he is away from the Library front desk, Chris is often playing board games or spending time with his wife.

Denise Pakala - Associate Librarian for Technical Services
Denise Pakala
Associate Librarian for Technical Services

Denise came to Covenant in 1991, having previously been a seminary cataloger in Pennsylvania. She is responsible for the records in the online library catalog and oversees serials, acquisitions, and interlibrary loan. She is passionate about collaboration. When Denise creates a new record, she inputs it into a worldwide database. She actively collaborates with MOBIUS catalogers, seminary catalogers through ATLA, and various Library of Congress initiatives. Denise graduated from Cornell University, majoring in anthropology, and studied at Biblical Seminary. She enjoys crossword puzzles and reading mysteries and history. Denise and her husband, Jim, have a married son, Kent.

Brady Shuman - Technical Services Specialist
Brady Shuman
Technical Services Specialist

Brady (MATS ’04) focuses her library energies on providing students with resources, both in the acquisition of new materials and interlibrary loan services. In addition, she serves as director of the Scribe Writing Center, which offers writing tutorials and instruction to student writers. Brady enjoys reading widely and crafting, and invites you to stop by the Library for a book recommendation and to cuddle her crocheted X-Wing.