Here are some ways to supplement the resources of the seminary library
Inter Library Loan:
We can order articles and books for you. This is usually a free service. You do need to allow extra time, so place your requests toward the beginning of the semester, rather than the end.
Research Loan Program:
We participate in this program through the L.I. Library Resources Council. The program allows you get a special temporary pass to an academic or public library on Long Island. You are allowed to check books out. (Good for special research.) Ask library staff about this.
Your public library:
Check out the resources of your public library. They may have some of the books we use here, if they are published by a trade house or a large academic publisher. They can also borrow them quickly for you if one of the public libraries in your local system has the book.
Your public library probably has many online databases, and you can usually search these from home. These are not focused on theology, but they might be useful for some topics. Here are the websites for the public library systems on Long Island:
Suffolk System: http://www.suffolk.lib.ny.us/
Nassau System: http://www.nassaulibrary.org/
Note: any N.Y. State resident can get a NYPL card, and use their databases. See their website for more info: http://www.nypl.org/
Full text documents on the Web: You can find many documents that are in the public domain on the Web. (Church documents, entire primary source texts relevant to Church History, the entire New American Bible, the first edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia, etc.). Use a good search engine, like google.com (which has useful aspects like “Google Scholar”).
Examples of useful sites:
The Holy See (entire text of many Church documents):
Catholic Encyclopedia (original edition):
New American Bible (hosted by the USCCB):
Christian Classics Ethereal Library:
Internet Archive (massive digitization project):
Online journal articles:
It is difficult to find online articles in a one-stop, systematic way.
Try this custom search of free, online content from theological journals put together by a librarian: From the basic search window on google.com, type in: “Theological Journals Search,” and hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button – it should lead you right there. You can search on a word, or you can use the links provided for lists of free online journals.
* Use of EBSCO databases and New Catholic Encyclopedia are restricted to registered students.