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Vancouver School of Theology Library

Theological Research and Writing Resources

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Onsite Library will be closed Monday, May 20 - Victoria Day 

Onsite Library will be closed for two weeks in August: Monday, August 5 until Monday, August 19. 


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Find Articles: Atlas RELIGION WITH SERIALS PLUS - premier theology/religious studies journal database. VST Library account credentials required.

Research databases
Limit Your Results
  • Access is limited to current VST student, faculty and staff due to vendor restrictions. If you can not access while being a current student, please contact library staff 
  • VST alum need to use this link to access Atlas database
  • Multilingual Atla Research Tools Online Tutorials offers helpful information on how to use this database

Search UBC Databases

  • A-Z Databases - over 40 curated UBC databases on theology and religious studies available to VST library users through UBC libraries. Requires UBC CWL credentials for VST current students and UBC library card number for VST faculty and staff. You need an active  CWL as a UBC affiliated institution student. In case you need help with your CWL,  consult How to Create Campus Wide Login (CWL).pdf on Populi,


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VST and UBC Electronic Resources Access Issue

When you have VST/UBC electronic resources (eBooks, databases and eJournals), first try to following steps.

UBC library electronic resources requires a working UBC CWL credentials. In case your UBC CWL is not working for UBC library electronic resources access, first refer to How to Create CWL and Link Your Compass Card.pdf on this Populi page.

When you contact VST library staff for troubleshooting, including specific URL (webpage address) of the resource that you are trying to access, system error message and screen capture (if possible) really help us to diagnose the issue.


Select VST Library New Resources

Black Theology and Black Faith

Theological Lexion of the New Testament

Select UBC Library Resources

The Beauty of the Hebrew Letter


African American Religious Thought

KOERNER LIBRARY stacks (Floor 1)

VST Library New Student Guide – 5 initial steps to jumpstart your research

  1. Acquire library card(s)

    1. VST library card -  to access VST eBooks, Atlas Religion database (for journal article search), and check out print books.

      1. Local students

        1. Apply for a library card at the library service desk to get a physical library card. Please produce your photo ID to verify your identity. Your VST card also works at St. Mark’s College Library

      2. Distance students who will access online resources only

        1. Email ( us your request for a library card number.

    2. Additional borrowing privileges

      1. You can also get a library card from Regent College Library, Trinity Western University Library, Simon Fraser University Library as well as libraries participating in Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program in Canada and the States for print books.

  2. Familiarize yourself with VST library catalog and Atla Religion database searching.

  3. Familiarize yourself with UBC library resources

    1. For electronic resources, activate your UBC CWL (Campus Wide Login) for access

    2. Install Lean Library extension to your web browser for a streamlined access to UBC online eBooks and databases 

    3. For print books, your UBC student card is your UBC library card

  1. Learn or refresh your knowledge of VST’s standard citation styles, Chicago Notes-Bibliography style in general and SBL (Society of Biblical Studies) for Biblical courses and/or Biblical resources. Refer to the “Citation Resources” section on your left for more information.

  1. Register for non-credit mandatory Research Module sessions depending on your program. Refer to the “Research Modules” section on your left for more information.

Need help with your library research?, please feel free to contact library staff at any time.