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Database Update – Oxford Online Biblical and Islamic Reference Resources

Posted on June 23, 2022

As previously announced Oxford University Press has retired its Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO) and Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) databases.

However, the library is pleased to offer the following online biblical and Islamic reference resources (previously available in OBSO and OISO) on the Oxford Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, and What Everyone Needs to Know platforms:

Apocryphal New Testament / J.K. Elliott, 2003

Encyclopedia of Dead Sea Scrolls / Lawrence H. Schiffman and James K. VanderKam, 2008

How to Read the Bible / Steven L. McKenzie, 2011

Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition / Adrian Curtis, 2022

Oxford Bible Commentary / John Barton and John Muddiman, 2022

Oxford Companion to the Bible / Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, 2004

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt / Donald B. Redford, 2005

Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in Near East / Eric M. Meyers, 2011

Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies / Judith M. Lieu and J.W. Rogerson, 2009

Oxford History of the Biblical World / Michael A. Coogan, 2022

Oxford Illustrated History of  Bible / John Rogerson, 2022

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation / Steven L. McKenzie, 2014

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology / Daniel M. Master, 2013

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics / Robert L. Brawley, 2015

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies / Julia M. O’Brien, 2014

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law / Brent A. Strawn, 2015

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts / Timothy Beal, 2016

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology / Samuel E. Balentine, 2015

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible / Michael D. Coogan, 2011

A Dictionary of  Bible (2 ed.) / W.R.F. Browning, 2010 (COMING SOON)

Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible / Michael Coogan, 2022 (COMING SOON)

 

Islam in Transition / John J. Donohue and John L. Esposito, 2022

Modernist Islam / Charles Kurzman, 2022

Handbook of Islam and Politics / John J. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin

Liberal Islam / Charles Kurzman, 2022

Makers of Contemporary Islam / John Esposito and John Voll, 2022

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World / John L. Esposito, 2009

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture / Jonathan M. Bloom and Sheila S. Blair, 2009

The Islamic World: Past and Present / John L. Esposito, 2022

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World: Digital Collection / John L. Esposito, 2022

The Oxford History of Islam / John L. Esposito, 2022

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam / John L. Esposito, 2022

Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics / Emad El-Din Shahin, 2014

Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women / Natana J. DeLong-Bas, 2013

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam / Ibrahim Kalin, 2014

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam / John L. Esposito, 2003 (COMING SOON)

New access links to these online Oxford biblical and Islamic reference resources are now available to current students, faculty, staff and alumni on the library’s online databases page, alumni research portal, research guides and the online catalog.

If you are a student, faculty or staff member, or Union, PSCE or BTSR alum, and you need to obtain or update your Library account, please contact our Circulation Supervisor, Lisa Janes.  If you already have a valid barcode and PIN but you are having trouble using your login, please contact our Director of Public and Electronic Services, Ryan Douthat.  If you are not familiar with Oxford Biblical reference resources and have questions about them, or you need other research assistance, please contact our Reference Librarian, Robin McCall, or our Charlotte Librarian, David Mayo.

Oxford Biblical and Islamic Studies Online to be Retired

Posted on June 16, 2022

We regret to announce that Oxford University Press has decided to retire the Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO) and Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) databases on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Online reference sources that the Library purchased on these platforms will still be available to Library users, however, on the Oxford Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, and What Everyone Needs to Know platforms.

New links to former OBSO and OISO resources will be provided on the library’s Online Databases page, its Alumni Research Portal, its Research Guides, and its online Catalog in the near future to ensure as seamless a transition as possible.

International Critical Commentary Series Online

Posted on March 22, 2022

As part of the Hal Todd Library Without Walls initiative, the UPSem Library is pleased to announce the addition of the International Critical Commentary series online for current students, faculty, staff and alumni! For over 100 years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has brought together all the relevant aids to exegesis – linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological – with an outstanding level of comprehension and quality of scholarship. Contributors to the series are known for their scholarly distinction rather than adherence to any one school of thought. This collection is a curated selection of 59 titles from throughout the series’ history, including both long-unavailable titles and newly-published research.

Each title of the International Critical Commentary series is available with unlimited concurrent access for all current UPSem students, faculty, staff and alumni with DRM-free reading, and download/print at the chapter-level for each title.

ICC volumes can be accessed from the library’s online catalog, Digital Reference LibGuide and Alumni Research Portal.

If you have questions about this series or any of the library’s other electronic resources please contact our Director of Public and Electronic Services, Ryan Douthat, at ryan.douthat@upsem.edu or phone, (804) 278-4217.

New E-Book Subscriptions

Posted on March 10, 2022

As part of the Hal Todd Library Without Walls initiative, the UPSem Library is pleased to announce the addition of three new eBook subscriptions to its electronic resource collection, EBSCO Diversity & Ethnic Studies, EBSCO Religion and ProQuest Religion & Philosophy. These aggregated scholarly eBook subscriptions include unlimited simultaneous access to nearly 35,000 titles covering a broad range of topics from African American Studies, Asian Studies, Disability Studies, Hispanic & Latin American Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies to Biblical Studies, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and more. Titles from each of these collections range from introductory texts to more complex and detailed works.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of nearly 30,000 individual digital titles from the Karl Barth Digital Library and the American Theological Library Association Historical Monographs, Series 1 and 2, accessible for the first time in the library’s catalog.

Discovery & Access

In addition to being discoverable in a normal catalog search these eBook subscriptions can be searched for in their own unique way.

From the search bar on the library catalog homepage select the Everything drop-down menu:

From the Everything drop-down menu select the individual eBook subscription you would like to search.

Or alternatively you can select eBook Subscriptions from the same drop-down menu and search them all collectively.

These eBook subscriptions are accessible off-campus to current students, faculty and staff. As with all library electronic resources you will need your library account barcode and PIN in order to access them.

If you have questions about any of these eBook subscriptions please contact our Director of Public and Electronic Services, Ryan Douthat, at ryan.douthat@upsem.edu or phone, (804) 278-4217.

New Database – Black Life in America: 1976 to Today

Posted on October 1, 2021

The ways in which the news media depicted racial differences over time has played a significant role in shaping both American history and the African American experience. Black Life in America’s comprehensive database including over 19,000 news sources updated daily covers every issue involved in America’s ongoing conversation on race. This contemporary third series provides primary source coverage of historic changes such as Barack Obama’s election and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Current students, faculty and staff can access Black Life in America here and on the library’s Online Databases page.

The Black Life in America database features include a basic and advanced search as well as Suggested Searches curated by era topic, person, or event.

The left side of the search results page in this database offers a number of search sort options which enable the user to narrow their search by date, source type, name, location and language. Another unique feature is the Preview button which gives the reader a closer look at the text of the article before opening it.

Also at the top of each search results page you will find important citation, download, print and save tools:

For more information on Black Life in America see the following video:

Ebook Central June 26, 2021 Scheduled Maintenance

Posted on June 23, 2021

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, Ebook Central will be offline and all the library’s Ebook Central holdings will be unavailable to users for approximately eight hours from 10:00am to 6:00pm for a scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

As a reminder users can download individual chapters of Ebook Central eBooks by clicking the ‘Download PDF’ link next to the pertinent chapter in the ‘Table of Contents’ section. Chapters can then be saved and viewed using any standard PDF software such as Adobe and they do not expire.

Katie G. Cannon Digital Collection

Posted on March 24, 2021

The library is excited to announce significant progress has been made on an inter-institutional effort to publicly share records, writings and interviews by the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a founding contributor of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology in a single online location.

Thanks to the Center for Womanist Leadership much of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s part of Dr. Cannon’s collection has already been digitized by the Presbyterian Historical Society and is available for access here.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to provide a single digital presence for personal records that Dr. Cannon intended to distribute among PHS, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Check back with the Katie G. Cannon Collection often as the collection continues to grow and take shape, offering invaluable access and insight into the work and legacy of such an important voice in Womanist theology.

Database Spotlight – The Digital Karl Barth Library

Posted on December 3, 2020

A comprehensive, searchable database of the works of theologian Karl Barth in German. A recently updated more refined search interface allows you to locate specific terms or passages in Die kirchliche Dogmatik or the first 36 volumes of his Gesamtausgabe, including hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures and articles. Some treatises and personal papers are also available on the site in English translation

Although the featured collection of the Digital Karl Barth Library is an English and German translation of Church Dogmatics additional DKBL works include, The Theology of John Calvin, The Theology of Schleiermacher, Rudolf Bultmann: Letters 1922-1966 and Evangelical Theology and many others.

The new interface has an Advanced Search and Browse option that enables users to navigate resources by works, series or document type.

New Karl Barth Digital Library Interface

The DKBL document viewer includes cite, email, share options as well as a navigation toolbar including a Search inside option enabling users to search keywords, names or places within the text.

The contents bar on the right side of the document allows users to easily navigate from one chapter of section of a document to another.

Karl Barth Digital Library Contents Bar view

The Digital Karl Barth Library is available to current students, faculty and staff of Union Presbyterian Seminary. You can access it on the UPSem Library website by selecting Online Databases from the Library Resources menu. You will need your library barcode and PIN to access this resource off-campus. If you have any questions about access or any of the resources in Ministry Matters please contact Ryan Douthat by email at ryan.douthat@upsem.edu or phone (804) 278-4217.

Database Spotlight – Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Posted on November 20, 2020

Encompassing over 5,000 A–Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur’anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam. The current core content titles include the following :

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Oxford History of Islam, Makers of Contemporary Islam, two Oxford World’s Classics versions of the Qur’an: M.A.S. Abdel Haleem’s The Qur’an (a prose translation), and The Koran Interpreted (a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry), Hanna Kassis’ Concordance of the Qur’an, and many other resources.

Tools include a Side-by-side view of two Qur’anic texts:

Oxford Islamic Studies Quran Translation Side-by-side view

Also, the  Learning Resources menu offers many additional Islamic reference resources:

Oxford Islamic Studies Online Learning Resources Menu

Current students, faculty and staff can find OISO on the UPSem Library website  by selecting Online Databases from the Library Resources menu. Oxford Islamic Studies Online is also available to our alums in the Alumni Research Portal. You will need your library barcode and PIN for accessing this resource from off-campus.

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Douthat by email ryan.douthat@upsem.edu or phone (804) 278-4217.

Database Spotlight – Ministry Matters

Posted on November 16, 2020

Ministry Matters™ offers practical and immediate inspiration for preachers, teachers, and worship leaders. With thousands of original articles and blogs, unique book reviews, and weekly worship and preaching helps in the This Sunday area, MinistryMatters.com provides both resources and inspiration for church leaders.

Tens of thousands of pages of full-text research and reference materials are available in the library’s premium subscription including excellent reference resources like The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, the complete The New Interpreter’s Bible commentary, the Abingdon Old and New Testament Commentaries as well as devotions, prayers, and sermon starters.

A good place to begin exploring the wealth of reference and worship resources Ministry Matters offers is the Browse section of the Research Library. Here you can click next to resource types to access lists of individual resources.
Ministry Matters Resources Page

From this page you can choose from any of the Main Menu headings that contain a variety contemporary worship and lectionary resources for diverse audiences. Also, don’t miss the Sub-Menu headings located under each of these sections that allow you to focus your search even more.

Ministry Matters Main Menu

Ministry Matters is available to current students, faculty and staff of Union Presbyterian Seminary. You can access it on the UPSem Library website by selecting Online Databases from the Library Resources menu. You will need your library barcode and PIN to access this resource off-campus. If you have any questions about access or any of the resources in Ministry Matters please contact Ryan Douthat by email at ryan.douthat@upsem.edu or phone (804) 278-4217.

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