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Practical Theology

Guide to Library Resources - PMIN 5553: Practical Theology

Guide to Library Resources

Welcome to the Steelman Library course guide for the Practical Theology online graduate course!

This course guide consists of tutorial videos and information for learning how to access and use library resources as an online student. This guide also highlights library resources that are recommended for this particular course. Steelman Library at Southeastern University offers a wide variety of print and electronic research materials as well as research and citation assistance for online students. Our religion librarian, Rev. Glenn Pearl, is available to answer questions and assist you with finding specific religion resources. He may be contacted via phone or email.

Library Resources for Online Students

Though you may not be on our physical campus, you still have access to Southeastern University's library resources: books (print and electronic), research databases, journal articles, librarian assistance, and more. Make sure you read the special privileges for online students listed below. On this course guide will find links that will provide access to the library services and materials you need for this course.

As an online student, you have extra privileges that on-campus students do not have. Please refer to the Borrowing Policies and link to our online Materials Request form to learn more about how to access library materials as a distance student.

Borrowing Policies

If you are an online student and unable to visit the physical library, you can request books to be sent to your home. Journal articles and eBooks are also available using the library's databases. Print books can be checked our for 2 weeks.

Materials Request

All requests for library materials (print journal articles, book chapters, print books) can be submitted using the online form HERE.

For questions regarding library materials requests, please email

NOTE: Please be sure you include as much information as possible when submitting your request, including: student ID number, your degree program, title of book/journal, author, and publication date. (For journal articles, please include both the title of the journal as well as the title of the article.)

After processing your request, the library will email the information you've requested. Physical books will be mailed to you.

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Getting Started

Using the Databases - Journals

Using the Databases - eBooks

Citing Your Research

How to Use the Library

Recommended eBook Databases

SEU Login Required

  • Books can be read online or downloaded (Adobe Digital Editions required for download).

Open Access - No Login Required

  • Hundreds of free PDF Christian ebooks. Search box is at the bottom of the page.
  • Provides preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources. Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Open Access
  • Commentaries, disputations, and sermons on all of the books of the Bible. Sort by language, publication date, author, title, and more.
  • 30,000 public domain ebooks with free open access


EBSCO eBooks logo

What Are EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. eBooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBooks offer a number of advantages over their print counterparts.  Users can:

  • Download titles to mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android Devices
  • Search within a book for specific words or phrases
  • Save, print, or email chapters or sections
  • Copy and paste portions of text for easy access during the research process
  • Link to books or book chapters for easy reference or social sharing
  • Save a list of favorite books to a personal book shelf
  • Generate or export citations to bibliographic management tools
  • Save notes to a personal folder with an EBSCOhost account
  • Navigate between sections or chapters and the index via linking
  • Place holds on titles with limited simultaneous user licenses (though most titles are available for unlimited access)

If you’re interested in making a purchase of an eBook for the library collection, contact your subject librarian.

eBook Viewer

EBSCO’s online eBook viewer supports reading on desktop or laptop computers and tablet devices. Our reader is browser-based, so there’s no need to download special software or hardware; users simply search, click and immediately start reading.

Need Help with EBSCO Products?

EBSCO Information Services

eBook Requirements

Adobe Digital Editions

In order to download EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.

Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available at this link:

Recommended Browser Settings for EBSCO eBooks

  • For Adobe Acrobat Reader Browser Requirements and settings for all supported browsers, click here.

  • For general browser requirements for the EBSCOhost interface, click here.

  • We recommended the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

eBook Tutorials

This tutorial demonstrates how to search for eBooks and read them online using the eBook Viewer.

Supported Devices and Apps

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with:

  • Desktop Computers
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • Android Phones and Tablets
  • eBook Readers that support Adobe DRM
  • See More Information

eBook Apps:

Creating a Personal MyEBSCO Account

Create a MyEBSCO Account

In order to download EBSCO eBooks to your computer or your portable device to read with the Adobe Digital Editions mobile app, you must create a personal MyEBSCO folder.

To create a personal account:

  1. Log into EBSCOhost and click the “Sign In” link along the top of the page.
  2. Click “Create a new Account.”
  3. Enter the relevant information and remember your Username and Password.
  4. Use your new Username and Password to log in to MyEBSCO.

Using Google Sign In

Checking Out EBSCO eBooks with your Google Account

Google Sign In allows you to log into your library's EBSCO resources and to create a personal My EBSCOhost account using your Google login credentials (i.e. Gmail account).

Once your personal My EBSCOhost account has been created with your Google credentials, you can use that account to check out and download EBSCO eBooks.

To learn more about Google Sign In, see:

Google Sign In FAQs

Checkout and Download to PC

To checkout and download eBooks to your computer:

  1. Search EBSCOhost for eBook titles of interest.
  2. Select the book that you would like to read by clicking on “Download This eBook (Offline)” in the result list
  3. Select a Checkout Period and click “Checkout & Download”
  4. When the File Download box opens, select “Open” and the eBook opens in Adobe® Digital Editions.

To learn more, see Checking out and Downloading EBSCO eBooks on EBSCO Help.

Downloading eBooks on Mobile Devices

This tutorial demonstrates how to download EBSCO eBooks to your mobile device and read them using the free Adobe Digital Editions app.

Save, Print, Email eBook Chapters

Can I print or save EBSCO eBook pages as a PDF?

Depending on publisher-specified limits, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO eBook can be printed, saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewer to be printed at a later time.


  • Some titles may not allow for printing due to individual publisher-specified limits.
  • The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
  • If you have reached your printing limit, the option to print or save eBook pages will be temporarily unavailable.

To learn how to save, print, or email eBook Chapters, see:

EPUB eBook Format

What is the EPUB format?

EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.

EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.

To learn more about EPUB format and the difference between EPUB and PDF format, see the following FAQs:

Citing eBooks

How do I cite EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.

Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.

How do I cite an eBook?

Need Help with EBSCO Products?

EBSCO Information Services

Article & Journal Searching

To find articles published in periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.), you will need to use a database. Databases can be multi-disciplinary (EBSCO, Proquest) or subject specific (ERIC, PSYCInfo). They can be searched in numerous ways: by author, title of the article or periodical, by keyword, or subject.

How to Select a Database

Click the "Library Databases" link below. You will find descriptions of database contents printed next to the database link.

Full-Text Available or Citation/Abstract Only?

If you need to be able to read the article immediately, be sure to click the "Full Text Only" box near the search box.

Locating a Known Article

If you are looking for a known article (you already have the citation from a reference book, bibliography, another article, etc.), try:

  • Use the A-to-Z Journal List link below - Search by journal title to see if a particular journal is fulltext and to be directed to that full text content
  • Search the library catalog by journal title to find out if a particular journal title (magazine, journal, newspaper, etc.) is available in print. Print periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title on the 1st floor of the library. Older issues can be found on the 2nd Floor.
  • Do a search on the web. Although most journal articles are not available for free, sometimes you may find what you are looking for.
  • If you cannot locate the full-text in print or electronic format, you may request the item using the library's interlibrary loan service.


General Databases to Start Research

  • Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text databases accessed in one search.
  • The accepted authority on English language meaning, history, and pronunciation.
  • General index of articles on nearly every topic.
  • A comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases covering social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.

Recommended Databases for Religion

  • The collection features the entire corpus of Barth's Gesamtausgabe, Theologischer Verlag Zürich (TVZ) and Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • Research and bibliographic aid covering the New Testament and its historical milieu.

  • Indexes and abstracts of articles related to Old Testament studies. Ebsco.

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Interlibrary Loan

When you can't access an article or book, remember to request it from ILL at no cost.

Click this icon in a database, or use the Request Library Materials link below.

Request Library Materials Form
Request (books, chapters, journal articles)
Contact ILL at

  • You can request books and articles not available at SEU or other local libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Articles will be emailed to you whenever possible.
  • Books will be mailed with pre-paid postage return packaging, if you are an online student.
  • Use links from resources to make requests, or use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Zotero-Citation Management

It is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Zotero works with Microsoft Word to create your bibliography for you.

Additional Info

Additional information on Chicago/Turabian style may be found at the websites below.  Please be aware that websites may refer to Author-Date or In-Text styles that are used by some colleges/departments, but the notes (usually footnotes) and bibliography styles are used in most situations at Southeastern:

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Turabian Documents

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Footnote -Books

Single Author

1. Robert W. Gutman, Mozart: A Cultural Biography (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999), 188-189.

Two Authors

1. Randolph Hock and Gary Price, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher (Medford: CyberAge Books, 2004), 111.

Three Authors

1. William Davidson, Daniel Sweeney, and Ronald Stampfl, Retailing Management, 6th ed. (New York: Wiley, 1988), 42-48.

Four or More Authors

1. Veronica Coulshed, et al., Management in Social Work, 3rd ed. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), 24.

Book:              Editor as Author

1. Kevin J. Vanhoozer, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 43.

Work in a Series

1. Donald A. Hagner, Matthew 14-28, Word Biblical Commentary (Dallas: Word Books, 1995), 728.

Chapter in a Book

1. Robert F. Willson, Jr., "William Shakespeare's Theater," in The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, ed. Joseph Rosenblum, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005), 54.

For additional examples, see pages 171-186 in the Turabian Manual (2018).

Footnotes - Print Articles


1. Carolyn Simmons and Karen Becker-Olsen, “Achieving Marketing Objectives through Social Sponsorships,” Journal of Marketing 70, no. 4 (2006): 155.


1. Stanley Reed, “Seeing Past the War,” Business Week, August 21, 2006, 35.


1. Zachary Seward, “Colleges Expand Early Admissions,” Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2006, Eastern edition.

For additional examples, see pages 187-193 in the Turabian Manual (2018).

Footnotes - Electronic Sources

Article from a library subscription service (permalink)

1. Rosemary Ward, “Background Check,” Psychology Today, March-April 2006,…;

Entire website

1. “Internet Weather Source,” National Weather Service, accessed December 21, 2014,

Online article from magazine website

1. Coco Masters, “The Takeaway Diet of 2006,” Time, December 17, 2006, accessed January 10, 2014, ().>

For additional examples, see pages 186-196 in the Turabian Manual (2018).

Bibliography - Books

Single Author

Gutman, Robert W. Mozart: A Cultural Biography. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

Two Authors

Hock, Randolph, and Gary Price. The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher. Medford: CyberAge Books. 2004.

Three  Authors

Davidson, William, Daniel Sweeney, and Ronald Stampfl. Retailing Management. 6th ed. New York: Wiley, 1988.

Four or More Authors

Coulshed, Veronica, Audrey Mullender, David N. Jones, and Neil Thompson.  Management in Social Work.  3rd ed.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

Books: Editor as Author

 Vanhoozer, Kevin J. ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Works in a Series

 Hagner, Donald A.  Matthew 14-28.  Word Biblical Commentary.  Dallas: Word Books, 1995.

Chapter in a Book

 Willson, Jr., Robert F. "William Shakespeare's Theater." In The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Joseph Rosenblum, 47-64. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

For additional examples, see pages 171-186 in the Turabian Manual (2018).

Print Articles


Simmons, Carolyn, and Karen Becker-Olsen. "Achieving Marketing Objectives through Social Sponsorships." Journal of Marketing 70, no. 4 (2006):154-169.


Reed, Stanley. "Seeing Past the War." Business Week, August 21, 2006.


Seward, Zachary. "Colleges Expand Early Admissions". Wall Street Journal. December 14, 2006. Eastern edition.

 For additional examples, see pages 187-193 in the Turabian Manual (2018). 

Bibliography - Print Articles


Simmons, Carolyn, and Karen Becker-Olsen. "Achieving Marketing Objectives through Social Sponsorships." Journal of Marketing 70, no. 4 (2006):154-169.


Reed, Stanley. "Seeing Past the War." Business Week, August 21, 2006.


Seward, Zachary. "Colleges Expand Early Admissions". Wall Street Journal. December 14, 2006. Eastern edition.

 For additional examples, see pages 187-193 in the Turabian Manual (2018). 

Bibliography - Electronic Sources

Article from a library subscription service (permalink)

Ward, Rosemary. "Background Check." Psychology Today (March-April 2006): 34-35.…;

Entire website

"Internet Weather Source." National Weather Service. Accessed December 21, 2014. 

Online article from magazine website

Masters, Coco. "The Takeaway Diet of 2006. Time, December 17, 2006. Accessed January 10, 2014. 

For additional examples, see pages 186-196 in the Turabian Manual (2018).

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