Alumni benefits at the Library

The Library faculty and staff offer our sincere congratulations to all new graduates of Regent University. We are honored to have played a role in your accomplishment and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Regent alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges at the Library. In addition, we are able to offer alumni access to thirteen online databases. So no matter where the future takes you, keep us in mind for your information needs.

To check out materials or use databases, please submit the online Alumni Registration Form. Processing may take up to five business days for verification and approval. For more information, please see the Services for Alumni page.

New Database Trials from ProQuest

The Library has trial subscriptions to two premium databases from ProQuest:

eeboEarly English Books Online (EEOB) contains more than 125,000 titles, from the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare. EEOB is an indispensable primary source archive for research in English literature, history, philosophy, theology, science, and many other disciplines. EEOB documents the magnificent English Renaissance – an era that witnessed the rebirth of classical humanism, the Reformation, the broadening of the known world, and the rapid spread of printing and education. Complete information about content as well as suggestions for using the database can be found at ProQuest’s LibGuide to Early English Books Online. To begin using EEOB, click here.

proquestProQuest Central is the one of the largest multidisciplinary scholarly databases in the world. The resource provides access to nearly 40 of ProQuest’s complete databases, with a variety of content types across over 175 subjects. Researchers will find millions of full-text, peer-reviewed articles in all disciplines taught at Regent. Comprehensive information about content as well as suggestions for using the database can be found at the ProQuest Central Libguide. To begin using Central, click here.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about these trial databases.

New JSTOR Collections

jstorThe Library is very pleased to announce the purchase of JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII – XIV. This purchase provides Regent researchers with access to more than 1,400 new peer-reviewed journals and millions of articles in full-text. The Arts & Sciences collections include titles across nearly every academic discipline.

JSTOR is one of the world’s most respected providers of scholarly literature and one of the most popular Library databases with Regent students and faculty. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Regent users conducted 377,536 searches in JSTOR. Now with twice the journal content, plus access to JSTOR’s carefully chosen e-book collection, this invaluable resource will contribute even more to scholarship at Regent.

To get started with JSTOR, click here.

Torah from Yemen housed in Special Collections

by Don Gantz, Head of Archives & Special Collections

The Ten Commandments, copied with special formatting, in the Torah donated to Regent

The Ten Commandments, copied with special formatting, in the Torah donated to Regent

Regent University recently received an 18th century Torah scroll from Ken and Barbara Larson, a couple whose mission is to gift Torah scrolls to academic institutions for study and inspiration.1

The Torah is the first five books of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures and is foundational to the faith of both. It is hand-written in Hebrew consonants by scribes observing traditions passed down for thousands of years. Dr. Scott Carroll, the scholar working with the Larsons, observed that the rules of the writing process have fixed the text of the Torah.

Our scroll has been dated at about 1750 and originated in Yemen. The history of the Jewish community in Yemen is long and fascinating and is still unfolding. Some forty thousand Yemenite Jews were airlifted to the newly formed nation of Israel in 1949, and just last month, Israel airlifted 19 of the remaining Jews out of the country. A Jewish man and Muslim airport worker have been arrested for helping to smuggle out a 500-year-old Torah.2

The Torah scroll donated by the Larsons consists of 50 calf skins that were made into parchment and sewn together. If unrolled entirely it would be 80 feet long. Most of the skins have five columns of text, but not all the skins are the same width. Some of the skins have holes and other minor defects outside the writing area. Some holes are covered with sewn patches. Some loose seams have been re-sewn by a conservator.

The text has about 860 noted corrections, most being corrections to the form of letters. Special formats of spacing in the text are evident which indicate important passages, such as the Ten Commandments, the song of Moses, and the priestly blessing. Each of the books ends exactly four lines short of the full 51 lines of the previous full columns, an amazing feat of scribal planning.

Now Regent faculty and students, especially those studying Biblical Hebrew, can study and read from a unique and inspiring primary source with a rich history.

The scroll is being stored in the Library Special Collections temperature and humidity controlled vault room. Persons desiring to see it should contact the Special Collections Supervisor, Donald Gantz (donagan@regent.edu) or Library Administration at 757-352-4185.

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1 Brett W. Tubbs, “Regent University Presented with Gift of 18th Century Torah,” Regent University News, March 17, 2016, http://www.regent.edu/news_events/?article_id=2177&view=full_article.

2 Adam E. Berkowitz, “Yemen Arrests Jew for Smuggling Ancient Torah to Israel,” Breaking Israel News, March 25, 2016, http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64353/yemen-arrests-jew-for-smuggling-ancient-torah-to-israel-jewish-world/#9TWhrEZwVjcP40Mo.97.

ILL Book Chapter Requests Made Easier

by Fran McGowan, Reference Librarian & ILL Assistant

Remember – Use two Ls for requesting items not held by the Regent Library…

On the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received the following comment requesting that a modification be made to the book chapter request form in ILLiad, our online Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery system:

“The online request tool for book chapter requests needs to be more user friendly. If a direct link to populating the request tool cannot be provided in search databases, the tool itself should at least be modified so as not to require page numbers for book chapters, as sometimes the page numbers are not evident from the information displayed in the database or in footnote references to chapters elsewhere.”

...one L for enjoying the best in heroic Greek epic.

…one L for enjoying the best in heroic Greek epic.

We agree that requiring book chapter page numbers when not always included by indexing databases makes no sense, and we thank you for your suggestion.

Accordingly, we have modified the book chapter request form in ILLiad to offer three options for informing us of the specific section of a book you need. Below are the options – only one is required, and you choose which to provide.

  • Inclusive book chapter pages
  • Chapter title
  • Chapter number

This change, which we implemented based on one survey responder, should make requesting book chapters via ILLiad easier.

To learn more about our InterLibrary Loan and Document Delivery services, please check out the ILL tutorial on our YouTube channel.