PTC uses Google Apps extensively, particularly Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Students are provided with a free Google account, which gives unlimited space on Google Drive.
Students are provided with a Microsoft account, using the same email address as for Google Apps. With the email address, you can sign up for Microsoft Office 365, which gives online office apps and the full desktop versions of Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, etc. This is for free for the duration of your studies at PTC. The Microsoft account also gives students 1 TB of online storage with Onedrive (in addition to the unlimited space on Google Drive).
Whether oncampus or online, all PTC units use the PTC online learning system and many use MS Teams.
Accessing theological journals is an important part of your studies at PTC. The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) catalogues all leading theological journals from around the world. PTC subscribes to ‘ATLA with Serials’, giving the full text of some journals. You will see the ‘pdf’ in the search results. Other journals have to be accessed in hard copy in the PTC library, or elsewhere. PTC also subscribes to a select range of ebooks through EBSCO. These can be searched at the same time as searching for EBSCO journal articles.
ATLA is provided through ‘EBSCO’ and can be searched at search.ebscohost.com. PTC students onsite will be automatically logged into the site. Offsite students can log into their library accounts and an EBSCO login link can be found on the ‘my account’ page. Once logged in, click the sign-in page in EBSCO to create your own personal EBSCO account, which will be valid for one year.
PTC provides a curated Logos Bible software package to students (Ts and Cs apply). Also, a discount is available on Logos Bible software purchases. See the ACT website.
EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows and Macintosh desktop. The Australian College of Theology has purchased a license for its staff and students to use EndNote at no cost, while associated with the ACT. Both the Library catalogue and Ebsco can output references that can be imported directly into Endnote. The RTR output style for Endnote might help students set up their bibliographies.
PTC offers a free subscription to Grammarly for post-graduate research students. Grammarly is a professional grammar and spell checker, that can help students to improve their language skills. Speak to the Academic Dean for more information. Note that the unacknowledged use of the AI product ‘Grammarly Go’ is an academic offence.