Library Resources

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Swanton Library

The Swanton Library has a collection of over 31,000 items, including books, journals, e-books and DVDs. The collection is constantly being expanded and updated to better suit our students and their individual needs.

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ESBCO journals & e-books

All students have free access to many journals and e-books through EBSCO.

The PTC subscribes to the American Theological Library Assosciation (ATLA) Serials, which gives access to the full or partial text of all leading theological journals.

Our e-book collection is quickly growing, providing greater convenience to students and lowering their out-of-pocket costs.



All post-graduate/HDR students have free access to Grammarly Premium, a powerful tool which checks spelling and grammar, as well as detecting plagiarism.

To access and install, please contact the IT Co-ordinator Jared Hood.


State Library journals, databases and e-books

The State Library of Victoria offers free memberships which give users access to many journals, databases and e-books including:

  • JSTOR: millions of scholarly articles on all subjects (the Religion section currently has 137 journals and over 5000 books available)

  • ProQuest: the world's largest multidisciplinary full-text database (includes a Religion database with 250 full-text journals)



Google provides several specialised services for students beyond the standard search:

  • Google Books: if you can't find what you're looking for on a specialised database, try Google Books, the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.

  • Google Scholar: search over 100 million peer-reviewed academic journals, books, conference papers and theses. Includes option to save articles for easy reference.

PTC Online

Most units, whether delivered on or off campus, have a unit area in PTC Online - Various resources (including the above) are available by selecting ‘Research resources’ from the ‘My Units’ menu.