Christian Periodical Index


Coverage: 1979 to the present

CPI indexes over 120 publications from a broad spectrum of knowledge including science, literature, medicine, music, philosophy, history, sociology, nursing, and education. The periodicals selected represent the major doctrinal positions within evangelical Christianity; a significant number are not indexed in the ATLA Religion Database.

CPI includes citations to articles but does not include full-text articles. Periodicals not owned by the Seminary may be requested through interlibrary loan.

The Association of Christian Librarians first began the print version of CPI in 1956 with 20 titles; the online version, updated quarterly, includes most titles from 1979 to the present and will eventually include the early years.

Access: CPI is available on designated computers in the library. WTS students, faculty,
and staff have off-campus access using their ID card.  

Quick Guide to CPI

 

Search Fields

 

Viewing Results

 

Using Folders

 

Search Strategies

 

Personal Account

 

Visual Search

 

 

Search Fields

You may enter keywords in each line as needed.  Another option is to select a designated field value from the dropdown menu (e.g. author, title, subject).

search fields

 

Scripture searches

To limit a search to a specific book of the Bible, select SU Subject from the dropdown menu.  Then enter your information in the following format:

bible n.t. john OR bible o.t. hosea

 

Scripture search

 

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Search Strategies

You may combine terms in a search using Boolean operators and, or and not.

And: combines search terms so that the search result contains both terms.  This operator narrows the search result.

Or: combines search terms so that each result contains at least one of the terms.  This operator broadens the search result.

Not: excludes terms so the result do not contain any of the terms disallowed.  This operator narrows the search result.

Note: When executing a search, And takes precedence over Or.

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Viewing Results

Your search results display in a box below the search fields.  The middle column shows the article titles.  The left-hand column offers options to narrow your search.  The right-hand column displays more detail for each result entry. 

  • Magnifying glass icon: click here to see the citation for the article.
  • Folder icon: click here to add the citation to your folder list.

search results

Note: you must have a personal account to save folders between sessions.

 

On this screen, you have the option to print, email, or save your article citation.

article detail

 

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Personal Account

From the Search Screen, select the ‘Sign In to My EBSCOhost' link found on the top menu bar.

login

 

From the Sign-In Screen, click the ‘I'm a new user' link.  The ‘Create a New Account' screen appears with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field.

new account

Fill in all the fields on the following screen.  If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your username and password.  Click OK.  Please note your username and password so you can login for future sessions.

EBSCO uses your personal information only to identify you at login.  Click on their privacy policy for more information.

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Using Folders

Click on the Add to Folder icon to add an article to a folder.  To add all items on a page to your folder, click Add (1-10) at the top of the Add column.  Result numbers to be added will change as you page through the list of results.

As you add the article citations to the folder, you can click the Folder icon and review which items have been added.  You can then print, email or save these results. If you have signed in via My EBSCOhost, any search results that you collect in your folder will be automatically saved at the end of the session.

gotofolder

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Visual Search

The Visual Search is a new option available on EBSCOhost databases.  It displays your search results in a visual format, either by column or in blocks.  To get to this new type of display, click the Visual Search option found underneath the search fields.

select visual search

Results Sorting Options - To see different ways to group, sort, or filter your search, click any of the buttons above the Result List. You can select these options at any time - before you run your search, or after, when you are viewing your results. 

  • Group Results - You can group by Subject or by Publication Name.
  • Sort Results - You can sort the results by Date (newest to oldest), or by Relevance (articles with the greatest relevance at the top of the list; those with the least relevance at the bottom of the list). 
  • Filter Results by Date - Move the Date Range slider to filter from the newest articles to the oldest. 
  • Display Style - Switch between the Blocks or Columns view at any time.

visual search results

You may ‘drag and drop' articles into the Collect Articles box on the right-hand column of the results page.  Then click View Folders to see your selected articles.

 

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Online help is available, but ask a staff member for help anytime. Or contact
Reference Librarian Marsha Blake for a consultation: library@wts.edu or (215) 935-3880.