One of the many databases that the Union library has access to is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. This database is provided by Gale, which is part of the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).
The home page of Opposing Viewpoints in Context gives users a chance to search for information by entering search terms into the search bar. However, users can explore various topics before researching by scrolling down a bit to see many different areas of interest. These areas allow users to see which research is available in an area of interest and explore various topics.
Information comes to users in a variety of sources, which include: academic journals, newspaper and/or magazine articles, reference materials, videos, and others. But what is most unique about this database is that it provides viewpoint essays for users to read that give information about a topic from both sides of the argument.
Students can access Opposing Viewpoints in Context by scrolling down the list of databases found by clicking the “Databases, E-Books, and Media” link on the library’s home page. Students will be prompted to sign in with their Union password and username if accessing the database off campus.
The Biblical Archaeology Society Library (BAS) is a database that our library subscribes to. Union students and employees can access this database by using the library website (click on the Databases quick link on the home page, and then scroll down the database list to find the BAS Library).
Through the BAS Library, students can explore special collections on King Herod the Great, Biblical Interpretation, Where Jesus Walked, The Birth of Jesus, Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. These special collections include videos, articles, and summaries of each topic. Three different publications are also available through the BAS Library: Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey. Readers will find helpful and accessible articles in each of these journals.
If you want to learn more about the Bible, Israeli history, and archaeology, visit the BAS Library.
Not everyone who needs to use library resources is on the main campus. For Union students who commute or attend other campuses, it is important for them to use library resources remotely. In order to use library resources off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Union credentials (guests cannot view library resources when off campus). See the paragraph below for help!
How to log in to library resources from off campus:
The databases, e-journals, and other electronic resources to which the Union University Library subscribes are available for off-campus use by students, faculty, and staff of Union University. In order to be recognized as an authorized user of these resources, you must either:
- be using a Union University computer, OR
- login to the EZProxy system.
If you are not using a Union University computer, EZProxy will automatically detect that and will give you a page from which to log in the first time you try to access a restricted resource. You will log in using your Union University network full email address (firstname.lastname for students, first initial last name for staff and faculty) and password (the same one used to log in to Union University computers). Once logged in, you will remain logged in until you close your browser. If your ID and password do not allow you to log in, contact computing services at 731-661-4357 (Jackson) or 901-759-0029 x126 (Germantown).
*If you are still having trouble using library databases off campus, please contact Stephen Mount at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-661-5419.
Watch Savannah Patterson’s tutorial for more help:
Our library has access to over 200,000 different eBooks. Many of these eBooks have been published within the past few years, making their information up-to-date and relevant.
Do you know how to access an eBook through the library website?
All of these books can be accessed simply by searching the catalog for your preferred topic and checking the “eBook” option box on the left of the page (under the “Format” tab). Then, the catalog will update to show all of the eBooks available on your topic. Click on any of the book titles to see more information. The book’s page will include a link, usually to a site like EBSCOhost, which will in turn provide the eBook’s pages.
If you need to access an eBook while off campus, remember to log in to our system with your Union credentials. Then you will be able to see the eBook.
For help in citing eBooks, ask our staff about our Ready Reference books. The library holds Turabian, MLA, APA, and other handbooks on citation. You can also schedule an appointment with a Research Coach or visit the Research desk for extra help. We are happy to assist you!