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Finding and Checking Out Books
Searching the library's book catalog (ECCO: The Eastern Cluster Catalog ) can sometimes be a challenge, as it was designed in a different era. ECCO includes the print collections in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, as well as the print collection at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in South Carolina.
In addition, you can find all our books (print and ebook) inside of WorldCat Books . WorldCat also shows you what other libraries own a title, and if you live near either campus, you may want to visit one of our partner libraries in person. Books found in ECCO or WorldCat can be delivered to your local campus (or, in some cases, to your home--ask us for more info).
Cluster Requests and Home Delivery Requests
The ULS Library now offers easy delivery of books between all three libraries as well as to your home. If the book you want is actually on another campus, you can now click on "Place hold" in the book catalog to make a direct request for delivery between campuses. In order to use this feature, you need to have a print book circulation account. You can sign up for one by emailing the library or by coming to the library's circulation desks to fill out the form.
If you live more than 30 miles from the Gettysburg of Philadelphia campus, you can have up to five books delivered to you via USPS at a time. While the library pays to ship the materials to you, you are responsible for returning them. More library policies for print books can be found here.
All ebooks the ULS Library provides can either be read on the web or downloaded as PDF. Whenever possible, the resources are designed for online reading or for printing out. No special software beyond a web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader should be needed. At this point, nearly all the library's ebooks are in the ECCO catalog. Search the catalog to find ebooks, click the link that says one of two things: "Free internet resource open to all" or "ULS Students, Faculty, and Staff: Click here to access." For the latter resources, you will need your ULS email address and password to login. Contact the library staff if you have difficulty accessing resources.
- ACLS Humanities ebooks
The American Council of Learned Societies provides a curated selection of over 5,000 ebooks from scholarly presses, including books on: African History, Biblical Studies, LGBT/Queer Studies, Latin American History, Hip Hop Studies, Islamic Studies, Religion, and Sociology, among many others.
- Duke University Press eBooks
The complete catalog of Duke University Press ebooks available for student use.
- Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies
OBO offers over 200 bibliographies on topics related to the study of the bible.
- Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies
OBO offers over 150 bibliographies on topics in Jewish Studies, including historic figures, Jewish culture (US and Europe), the Shoah, and modern Jewish politics.
- Oxford Bibliographies in the Renaissance and Reformation
Providing bibliographies on over 340 topics, Oxford Bibliographies in the Renaissance and Reformation cover a broad spectrum of topics in global history, with a special focus on Europe.
- Oxford Handbooks Online
Oxford Handbooks offer introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in over 80 topical areas.
- Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Religion
The ORE offers long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Regularly updated, the ORE offers up-to-date information for any religion research looking for reliable information to understand an unfamiliar topic.
- Oxford Scholarship Online
Access nearly 2,000 recent scholarly books published by Oxford University Press at this link or through the library catalog. All areas of religious research are included.
- Oxford Very Short Introductions
The ULS Library offers current students, faculty, and staff electronic access to 72 Very Short Introductions in religion, which offer concise introductions to important topics.
- Project Muse ebooks
A collection of over 2,000 ebooks in the area of religion and philosophy.
- WorldCat Books
Search the world's books, journals, and dissertations from one location!
Some Key Subject Headings
While not all books on a particular topic will be found under its exact subject heading, these links may be a good place to start in ECCO. While these links go to the library catalog, you can also use these terms in all of the library's databases.