The EBSCO collection of databases includes the AtlaSerials PLUS® database, which is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. EBSCO also includes the ATLA Historical Monographs Collections 1 and 2, the Christian Periodical Index, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, OMNIFILE Full Text Select, and the Religion and Philosophy Index.
To access these resources from off-campus, you will need to log in with your last name and WTS Library ID that is located on your Library card.
(If you require assistance using this, or any of our other databases, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
JSTOR provides a full text archive of core journals in select disciplines and more than 6,000 Open Access eBooks. Westminster Seminary’s subscription includes the JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection. Journal issues from the most recent 3-5 years are usually NOT available electronically through JSTOR. Please note that current issues of some JSTOR journal titles may be available in one of the EBSCO databases.
From missionaries to musicians, social workers to statisticians, cowboys to chemists, and Vikings to astronauts, the portraits in the American National Biography Online (the ANB) reflect the rich diversity of American life from pre-colonial times to the present day. The ANB contains over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.
Westminster now has access to the following full-text collections from Bloomsbury.
- Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
- Bloomsbury Medieval Studies
- Bloomsbury Theology and Religion
Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains every significant English language and foreign language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800. Full-text searching enables users to explore a vast range of books and directories, bibles, sheet music, sermons, advertisements, and works by both celebrated and lesser-known authors. The database also provides cross platform searching with Early English Books Online.
The Loeb Classical Library spans eighteen centuries and every genre. The digital Loeb Classical Library continues the historic mission of making all that is important in Greek and Latin literature available to readers anywhere in the world—with accurate, literate, English translations.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB contains 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.
Oxford Reference provides access to almost 55,000 articles from 20 Oxford Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.
The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne’s Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.
The TLG represents the first effort in the Humanities to produce a large digital corpus of literary texts. Since its inception the project has collected and digitized most texts written in Greek from Homer (8 c. B.C.) to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453 and beyond. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.
Index Religiosus is an index combining the print Revue d’histoire Ecclésiastique and the Elenchus Bibliographicus from the journal Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. The database provides citations to hundreds of journals in “theology and Canon Law, history of theology, history of religions, Old and New Testaments, dogmatic theology, Sacramentology and liturgy, moral and pastoral theology” and all aspects of church history.
Please note that this database does not contain full text articles.
Research in Ministry Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981. Author, title, project advisor, institution, and subject access are provided. In addition, an abstract for each project is included when one has been provided by the author.
The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. Westminster theses, as well as projects from other institutions, are available for download from TREN.
Proquest provides access to all Westminster Theological Seminary dissertations published in Dissertation Abstracts between the mid-1960s and last year.
To search for non-Westminster dissertations, (or if you are non-Westminster student looking for a Westminster dissertation) use Dissertations Express. NB: This is a purchase-only site. However, you may create a list of titles/authors at no charge. See a librarian for the next steps.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format. It is the indispensable reference for writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers.
To access CMA from off-campus, you will need to log in with your last name and Westminster Library ID that is located on your Library card
Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It is built on the solid foundation of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged and is the best source of current information about the English language.
ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Serials is an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals selected by leading scholars and theologians. It includes the Westminster Theological Journal. Passwords are available to alumni. Contact email@example.com to request a password. Include your full name and graduation year in your request.
The links in the Free Research Links page are intended to guide users to sites of research interest. The inclusion of a link on this page does not indicate endorsement of all of the contents of the site.
Use the search box at the top of this page to search ALL Westminster Library resources. To search local holdings only, choose the Classic Catalog link below.
Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available and is the best source of current information about the English language.
The Archives of the Montgomery Library of Westminster Theological Seminary hold the permanent organizational records created by the institution. Records include administrative documents and correspondence, photographs and ephemera. Access to the Archives is by appointment only.
In addition to providing rich print collections in Biblical studies, church history, pastoral and systematic theology, and other related disciplines, the Montgomery Library provides an Interlibrary Loan Service for WTS faculty and students. If we do not have a copy of what you are looking for in the WTS Library, please ask for an ILL form at the Library’s Circulation desk to begin the process.
The Montgomery Library is a participating member of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association. Faculty and students of Westminster may obtain a library card at any SEPTLA library. Please ask for a SEPTLA registration form at the Library's Circulation desk. For a list of participating SEPTLA libraries click on the link below.
Montgomery Library is a participating member of the American Theological Library Association's reciprocal borrowing program. With proof of registration, students of Westminster may obtain a library card at any participating ATLA library. For a list of participating libraries. click on the link below.
World Cat allows users to search for titles in libraries around the world.
For information on current library policies please check out this PDF.
Westminster Seminary Library has a growing collection of eBooks. Instructions for using these services are available in this PDF.
Please contact a librarian at the Circulation Desk, 215-572-3821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: research assistance is limited to current WTS students, faculty and staff.
The Library’s collections and services are intended primarily for the use of students, faculty and staff of Westminster Theological Seminary, but alumni, faculty and students at other schools, as well as area residents and pastors, are welcome to use the library facility for a modest membership fee. Please contact the Library for more details. We regret that due to limited resources, we are unable to provide research services, including Inter-library Loans, to non-WTS students, faculty and staff.
The Library is open on Saturday from 12 PM to 4 PM during the academic year but is closed on Sunday.
Anyone with a WTS library card can check their account by clicking on this link.
Please note that you must wear a face mask the entire duration of your stay at the library and you will not be permitted in the building without one. Social distancing is required at all times while in the building. Seating has been removed and rearranged to ensure that only 50% of the building’s capacity will be used at one time. If no seats are available, we ask that you exit the building to help us maintain the library’s maximum capacity.
The process for checking out books will remain the same. Please stand behind the Plexiglas shield at the circulation desk when checking out books. Please return all books via the book-drop.
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