Duke Alumni Library Resources

Hey! HEY! You did it!

Did you know that every academic term, the Divinity Faculty meets and reads the names aloud of graduating students, and votes to approve them for graduation? That happened for YOU. You earned this! Go add the letters from that degree to your email signature! NOW! We’ll wait.

Whatever your next steps as a newly-minted Divinity graduate, you should know that Duke University Libraries is committed to your continued flourishing and intellectual engagement. So what can you do as a proud Duke graduate?

Step One: Register for your OneLink account

Visit the Duke Alumni Library Online Access page to set up your OneLink account. This process will assign you a number that will be your new identity in Duke’s system.

Step Two: Electronic Resource Access

Once you have OneLink set up, you can immediately access a trove of databases available to Duke alumni. These include the Atla religion database, JSTOR, the Digital Karl Barth Library, the Digital Library of Classical Protestant Texts, and many, many more. You might be used to accessing one or more of these databases as a student, directly from the library website, using your NetID and password. This will no longer be the case! Instead, you will log in through the Duke Alumni Portal using your OneLink number. This portal includes links to all the databases available for alumni access, and this is how you will engage them from now on.

Step Three: Borrowing Print Resources

(Note: There is currently no access to Duke Libraries due to COVID-19. We look forward to welcoming you to campus when this disruption has abated!)

Once you have your OneLink number (on your phone, through the app, or printed from your computer), bring it to the library together with your current driver’s license or other government-issued ID. Librarians will then set up your alumni account for borrowing print materials. Alumni can borrow up to ten books at a time, for a loan period of 28 days. You can renew these loans up to 2 times online, logging into My Account with your OneLink number.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my NetID and password, and my Duke Email? You should have access to Sakai and your Duke email using your NetID for about a year after graduation. Contact OIT with any questions.

What about electronic books owned by the Duke Libraries? E-books require an active NetID and password for access. Your OneLink account will not work for e-books.

What about non-library, open access resources? Are there any you recommend? Visit this research guide for a comprehensive list of open access resources for the study of religion and theology.

What about printing or scanning in the library? We have several scanners that you can use without logging in, and from which you can save files to a flash drive or email them to yourself. If you want to print anything at the library, you will need to purchase an eprint/copy card from Perkins Library. See this page for more details.

When can I visit the library? Check this page for Divinity Library hours, and find hours for other Duke University Libraries here.

Where can I park? Duke Alumni are eligible for an evenings and weekends parking pass valid for certain Duke parking lots. Visit this page to request your pass and learn more.

What else do I get as a Duke graduate? There are several perks and discounts and other benefits that come with your Duke Alumni account! Visit the Duke Alumni Benefits page to learn more.

Duke Self-Checkout: Adding a Proxy

Supported by meeScan, Duke’s new Self-Checkout feature is a fast and easy way to check out books from Duke Libraries. Perkins, Bostock, Divinity, Goodson Law, and Marine all have a meeScan.

The self-checkout unit can be used with the attached iPad, or an app you download on your smart phone. Search “Duke Self-checkout” in your phone’s app store:

 

How to set up a proxy account:

  1. Have your research assistant download the Duke Self-checkout app.
  2. On your research assistant’s phone, choose the Change Patron icon in the lower right hand corner, and select the green “Log In” option.
  3. This will take you to a secure page that prompts you to enter your Net ID and password. Enter YOUR OWN password on your RA’s phone; DO NOT send your RA your login information.
  4. Your RA will now see two accounts on their phone, and they will be able to switch back and forth:
  5. And whenever a book is checked out to your account, you will get an email: 
  6. When the academic year ends, or when you are finished using a particular RA as your proxy, they can delete you from their Self-checkout app by selecting the red “log out” option under the Change Patron icon:
  7. Questions? Need help getting started? Stop by the Divinity Library Circulation Desk, and we will be happy to help.

Database Highlight: Past Masters

Are you taking a seminar on the thought of St. Augustine this fall and looking for an easy way to get broad, searchable access to his writings? Are you curious about the theological writings of Anselm, Lombard, or Aquinas? Want to flip through Jane Austen’s letters, or Søren Kierkegaard’s journals, or learn about the Blue Stockings Society’s advocacy of women’s education and literacy in 18th-century England?

The Past Masters database includes full-text electronic editions of primary source materials in religion, philosophy, political thought and theory, education, classics, and more. Think it could be useful for your research? Here’s how to get started:

 

Step 1: In the Divinity Library catalog, search “Intelex Past Masters.” Your first result will look like this:

Select “View Online” to navigate to the database’s main page.

 

Step 2: Begin searching!

You can search the entire database using the SEARCH box in the left-hand menu, or you can select a title from the alphabetized list in order to navigate directly to a particular author’s works. Let’s say you want to learn more about Augustine’s writings. In that case, select the link for “Augustine: Works.”

 

 

Step 3:  Once you’ve brought up Augustine: Works, focus on the left-hand menu.

There are two main ways to search within a collection like Augustine’s writings: broadly through the whole collection, or within individual volumes/works. Both of these search strategies make use of the left-hand menu. Notice that the SEARCH box is still present at the top, but specifies its search parameters within the collection of Augustine’s writings. Further down, you’ll begin to see titles of Augustine’s works linked in the grey boxes. This is how you would select a specific individual title to read or search online.

 

Step 4: Example search: collection-wide. Let’s say you want to learn more about Augustine’s thinking on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Using the SEARCH box, enter keywords that have to do with the Lord’s Supper: for example, you might run searches for “communion”, “Eucharist”, or “bread and wine”. Here’s what happens when you search for “Eucharist”: the database finds hits within 38 of the 41 available volumes of Augustine’s writings! The volumes will then appear in order of relevance. Coming in first place with 39 separate hits is Augustine’s Sermons (184-229Z) on the Liturgical Seasons. Here’s a peek at the result list:

Notice that you get minimal context surrounding each occurrence of your search term. This can help you narrow down which hits will actually be helpful to your specific research question.

 

Step 5: Ready to see one of your hits in the broader context of Augustine’s writings? One thing to be aware of: your search will bring up results in the main body of Augustine’s text, but it will also bring up results in the titles, subtitles, and footnotes. Some of these will be useful, but many you’ll want to cross off your list quickly. How to go about this? Notice that each occurrence of your search term is in bold scarlet print. These are hyperlinks connected to the place in the volume where the term appears. Select any line to get started. Here’s an example of where you’ll be taken in the larger text:

Once again, your search term is highlighted in scarlet. Also, notice there are arrows before and after the search term. These allow you to navigate quickly forward or backward through your search results without returning to the main results page. This can be very helpful, especially if you get several results in a row that are irrelevant or take you to occurrences of your search term in the translator’s footnotes.

 

Step 6: Okay, we’ve found some good stuff. How do we cite it? Let’s look at the left-hand menu again.

Notice the option, right under the SEARCH box, to “Export a Citation.” This will pull up a citation for you in plain text, or, if you use a citation management program like EndNote, you can select an option that exports the citation to that program. Prefer to cite the print version of the text? Notice the title, volume, and part of the text you wish to cite. For example, “The Confessions I/1” means the volume title is The Confessions, the volume number is I, and the part number is 1. The print series is located on the Divinity Library’s BQ-BR level, starting at  BR 65  .A5   E53   1990.

German for Reading

There’s no sense shielding you from the awful truth. You might as well know.

German is a very difficult language to learn.

Or had you already figured that out? If you had, you are in good company: no less an American dignitary than Mark Twain agreed with you. In fact, while you’re procrastinating from learning German, you might read his brilliant essay, “The Awful German Language.”

Many academics have felt the same way. And yet, for various reasons — whether to read a source in the original, or to follow modern academic scholarship, or to pass muster before a committee — these academics have persisted in trying to teach themselves German. They have persisted despite separable prefixes, distant verbs, and the syntactical pattern Twain accurately described as “Parenthesis distemper.”

So how have these giants of academia past overcome the hurdle that is German? Some of the popular strategies of learning and practicing the language include:

  • auditing a class in the German department
  • taking a summer course in German for Reading
  • bringing a German Bible along to worship services and following the Scripture reading
  • watching films with German audio and/or subtitles
  • listening to lessons from the Pimsleur German language program
  • finding an introductory grammar text and buckling down
  • lots and lots of flashcards — pre-made or home-made

Regardless of the strategy that most appeals to you, learning a new language is likely to be a long and difficult road. At the Divinity Library, we want you to have everything you need to build good habits for studying German. So we’ve added a permanent Reserve collection for German resources. Here are the items you can borrow:

Three-hour loan:

  • Introduction to Theological German: a beginner’s course for theological students, by J. D. Manton
  • Modern Theological German: a reader and dictionary, by Helmut W. Ziefle

Two-week loan:

  • Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (HP 1), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (HP 2), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban (HP 3), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (HP 4), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix (HP 5), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz (HP 6), by Joanne K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes (HP 7), by Joanne K. Rowling

Ask for any of these titles at the circulation desk to get started on (or continue!) your German adventure. And be sure to let us know when you pass your exam!

Prost!