New Film Database: Ambrose Digital Video Collection

Watch acclaimed BBC documentaries, such as A History of Christianity.

Watch acclaimed BBC documentaries, such as A History of Christianity.

The Library has a subscription to a truly remarkable streaming video database. Ambrose Digital Video Collection contains nearly 600 educational videos in all subjects. Included in this collection are established classics, such as the BBC Complete Shakespeare Plays and David Attenborough’s Living Planet, as well as some of the best contemporary documentaries, such as Great African American Authors and Fracking: America’s Energy Revolution. The Collection continues to grow, with new videos being added each month.

In addition to outstanding content, Ambrose Digital includes a number of value-adding features, including:

  • Advanced streaming technology to ensure the highest possible image quality.
  • Synchronized, searchable closed captioning.
  • Choice of 8 citation styles for each film.
  • Compatibility on all devices.

The Library is confident that the entire Regent community will find Ambrose Digital Video a welcome new resource for research, course development, and enrichment. To begin using the database, click here.

The Library doesn’t have what I need!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

But I need that article!

But I need that article!

Nearly all students have experienced the frustration of learning about a book or article that is perfectly suited for their research – only to discover the Library does not own it. On the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received several comments from students who have experienced this situation, such as these:

  • “As I can only access the e-version, there are many resources which I need that are not available online.”
  • “The Library has a great selection of resources; however it doesn’t always have the journal publications or books that I’ve needed for my research.”
  • “The databases don’t always pull up the articles needed for research.”

So when you are conducting research and discover a book that would be perfect for your project or an article with a citation but no full text, what should you do? Here are some tips:

When you can’t find the full-text for an article:
Sometimes, you may come across information about a journal article in one database, but find that it does not have the full text. The Full Text Journal Finder is a tool for determining whether the Regent University Library has the full-text of a particular periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) in any of our 170+ databases. Simply type the name of the journal (not the article) in the search bar to see if and where the periodical is available in our online databases or in print.

When you need a book or article not in the Regent Library:
If you need a book that is not in our catalog, or an article from a periodical that does not show up in the Full Text Journal Finder, request it through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). In most cases, our ILL team can procure the articles you need and deliver them to you in PDF in 1-2 business days. Most book requests take under a week to fulfill. Distance students can also use ILL to have books shipped from the Regent Library to their home at no charge. The only cost to you is to ship them back if you will not be visiting the Regent campus before the due date. (Keep in mind, we allow up to five renewals as long as they are not needed by another patron.) Distance students may now request that up to two books per term be shipped to them from libraries other than Regent.

The librarians are committed to supporting the research and studies of the Regent community, so if there is a book or journal that supports your long-term research projects or teaching, let us know! We understand that borrowing items via ILL is sufficient for many course projects, but major research projects or new courses necessitate that we have the book on hand. We are happy to take requests for book and journal purchases here.

Image Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest, “Frustrated Irish girl looking at computer,” accessed 11 Mar 2015,

Book Discussion with Dr. Michael Palmer

Marilynne Robinson is one of the great living American novelists. She is also a Christian who takes theology seriously. Lila, published last October, is her third novel set in the fictional prairie town of Gilead, Iowa. The narrative focuses on the courtship and marriage of the town’s pastor, Rev. John Ames with Lila, a drifter and itinerant worker who shows up in his church one day because it’s the only available shelter from the rain. The couple is brought together by their appreciation of the beauty of nature and the possibility of grace. The novel ends with the birth of their son.

On Thursday, March 26 at 12:00, Dr. Michael Palmer, Professor of Philosophy in the School of Divinity, will lead a discussion of Lila in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts:

For more information about this or other literature events at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage, or contact Harold Henkel at

Database Trial: Statista

The Library has a trial subscription to Statista, the worldwide largest aggregator of statistical data. Statista contains more than 1 million statistics in over 60,000 topics ranging from agriculture to media to marketing and demographic data.

As impressive as the sheer volume of data in Statista is, the really unique thing about the database is its interface, which Library Journal calls “elegant and incredibly user-friendly,” and the spectacular charts and graphs that can be exported into Excel or PowerPoint or saved as PNG files. Using Statista may be the most fun you have ever had with quantitative data!

Make your data come alive with Statista’s charts and graphs.

Trial expires March 24, 2015. Click here to take the Statista for a test-drive.

The Library’s seeks to acquire the best possible databases for the research of Regent students, staff, and faculty. Your input during trials helps us decide whether or not to subscribe to a new database. Please share your opinions on this resources by completing our short evaluation form.