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Using the Online Catalog: Searching for Books

Using the online catalog - Search All Resources

Books in Search All Resources

Focusing Search Results

Important search terms help focus your search results.

Basic Search can include a word, or a phrase enclosed in quotation marks. It searches keywords. If you use a phrase without quotation marks the results will include any of the words.

Advanced Search can include words or phrases combined with AND, OR, or NOT.

Keyword returns results of those words in the author's name, the title, or the descriptors of the article or book.

Subject returns results of the word or phrase as the main topic of the book or article.

Journal Source is the title of a journal.

Full Text is important if you need immediate access to the article. If you can wait a day or a few days for access, you can request an ILL for an article that is not available in full text.

Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed indicates the article has been reviewed by people who are considered experts in the subject. Denver Seminary research papers require scholarly or peer-reviewed articles.

Publication Year is important when you need the most recent scholarship. Sometimes you need to trace the scholarship on a topic over a number of years.

When you receive too many results use the Subject limit in the left column to identify the most relevant resources. This is not available after you limit to articles.

When you do not receive enough results you can search for variations of a word by using type the first three or more letters of a word followed by an asterisk (*). That returns all words that begin with those letters.

How do you know if a book is scholarly? Look at the publisher, look at the credentials of the author, look at reviews of the book in scholarly journals, and look at the citations and bibliography.

Downloading EPUB eBooks


EPUB editions require free Adobe Digital Editions software

Adobe Digital allows you to use a book on multiple devices and search for keywords across all chapters, and it is compatible with screen readers. Download and register your account.

Download for MAC computers (22MB).

Download for Windows (8.24MB).

Download from the App Store or Google Play for devices. 




To Locate Books for Your Research

  1. Begin by entering search terms and choosing Keyword or Subject.
  2. Denver Seminary Library includes all print books in the Denver and DC libraries and all eBooks in the Denver and Digital Theological Library collections.
  3. You can limit to print books only in Metro D.C. or Denver by choosing that library.
  4. You can also limit to eBooks, or Theses and Dissertations.
  5. If you need the most recent scholarship, limit by that last 5 or 10 years.

  1. When you receive too many results, limit by Subject to focus your research.
  2. Limit by language.


Review the Summary to determine if a book meets your research needs.

Click on the title to see availability, call number, and digital access. If a book meets your research needs you can use Library of Congress Subject Headings for additional search terms.


Many eBooks are available through multiple databases. If you choose one that is already in use, go to the next database for immediate access.

To access an eBook, log in with your Denver Seminary credentials.


ProQuest requires a second authentication: Digital Theological Library - United States (no matter your current location).

To download books in ProQuest or EBSCO, create a personal account in each.