Book Ordering
Electronic Book Order Form
Databases Archives Book Budget Information
Bibliographies of VUSC Holdings in Subject Areas Electronic Periodicals TREN Fiche Confidentiality of Records
Cassette Tape Duplication FirstSearch Children’s Literature Library Hours
Checkout Policies Library’s Homepage Costa Rica Extension Library Library of Congress Classification System
Checking out Journals Library Staff Curriculum Materials New Books & New Book Lists
Instruction Periodical Lists DVDs Copiers
InterLibrary Loan
Electronic ILL Form (Book)
Electronic ILL Form (Periodical)
Reference ERIC fiche
Loan Periods VANPAC Morris Pike Drama Collection
Periodical Ordering
Electronic Periodical Order Form
Pentecostal Collection
Photocopying Rare Books
Recall of Books Videos

Annual Reports

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379 or

Annual reports for many businesses are found on the Internet. Online annual reports are often placed on a company’s website. Consult Yahoo’s directory of companies, or try to guess the URL (, for instance).

Bibliographies of VUSC Holdings in Subject Areas

Contact people: Alison English (x6375 or Mel Covetta (x6379 or

The library faculty are glad to provide bibliographies of VUSC’s book holdings in any subject area or for any special collection. We can provide you with a printout in call number, author, or title order, with the entire bibliographic information included.

Book Budget Information

Contact people: Alison English (x6375 or for general budget information and Elena Nipper (Ext 6378 or for current budget expenditures.

Ordering for periodicals is done through EBSCO and UMI and takes place in April prior to the current year. Mel Covetta sends a list of current subscriptions to each department or divisional chair for decisions about deletions or additions. Books can be ordered when the fiscal year begins in July after the periodicals have been encumbered. This ensures that monies are still remaining in each budget. Currently, expenditures for periodicals consume about two-thirds of the budget.

Michelle Schonken sends the status of departmental/divisional expenditures to the chair several times during each semester. Book/material orders must be received in the library by February 15. Any remaining funds will be spent at the discretion of the Head Librarian.

Book Ordering

Contact person: Michelle Schonken (x6384 or

An integral part of the library’s mission is to support the curriculum of Vanguard University of Southern California. Through savvy book and journal ordering, classroom faculty have a major role in assuring that the collection is vital and that students are able to complete the majority of their assignments in our library. Because of our limited book budget and the possibilities of duplication in ordering, it’s important to follow established procedures. One of the best tools to identify books to order is Choice Reviews Online.

To order a book, submit the online order form. Include as much information as possible. If you are ordering from a dealer’s catalog (for example, Edward Hamilton), it’s always helpful to have the catalog forwarded. Department/Division chairs will be notified by email of requests.

Michelle checks our catalog to make sure we don’t have the item you want. She’ll notify faculty if an item is out of print. When the item arrives, it’s sent to Elena Nipper for cataloging and final book processing, spine labeling, barcoding, and final cataloging. Elena notifies faculty when the book is ready to be checked out.

If a book is needed for a class–for example, to be placed on reserve–we can place a RUSH on it for the entire process. By including a note on the online order that you need the material on a RUSH or by calling Michelle, we’ll be alerted to order and process material ASAP.

Cassette Tape Duplication

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379 or

Tapes of Chapel and Lewis Wilson Pentecostal Institute lectures can be duplicated and are available for a nominal fee.

Checkout Policies for Faculty

Contact person: Jack Morgan (x6380 or

Faculty are able to check out most materials for the entire semester. While reference materials, the Pentecostal Collection and periodicals do not normally circulate, faculty may check out these items for a short period. At the end of each semester, faculty will receive a list of items they still have checked out. At that time books can be renewed or returned. Faculty will be billed for the replacement cost of lost items. If other family members are going to check out using your card, please contact Jack. Faculty emeriti and adjunct faculty have the same checkout privileges as full-time faculty. Please note that the librarians reserve the right to recall items that are checked out if other patrons need them.

Checking Out Periodicals

Contact people: Mel Covetta (x6379 or or Jack Morgan (x6380 or

Periodicals do not normally circulate. However, faculty may check out periodicals for a short period of time.

Children’s Literature

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379 (

Each year we purchase a few children’s books, mostly those which are Newbery or Caldecott Award winners, to add to our collection of about 1200 books. These are located on the second floor. The Children’s Literature collection is designated with the call numbers curric fic. For example, curric fic B756 1990 is the call number for a 1990 edition of Caddie Woodlawn by Brink.

Confidentiality of Records

Contact person: Alison English (x6375 (

The library uses the American Library Association Code of Ethics as our guide for confidentiality of check-out and circulation information. If students or faculty ask who has an item checked out, we do not disclose that information. Nor do we tell faculty which students have checked out items placed on reserve. We will disclose how many times that item has been circulated, however. We are glad to contact whoever has checked out an item to make arrangements for him/her to return it for another patron’s use.

Costa Rica Extension Library

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379

VUSC maintains a collection of over 8000 books and periodicals at its Costa Rica Study Center in San Jose for the use of VUSC students and missionaries on the field.

Curriculum Materials

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379 (

The library has a small collection of curriculum materials to support our Liberal Studies major and Graduate Education program. These may be checked out for the normal 3-week period.


Contact person: Dr. Alison English (x6375 ( and Sonya Vega True, Digital Initiatives Librarian (x6385 (

We subscribe to a growing number of online and listed below. For more information, consult About Our Databases.

Database Description and Location
Access Science Online McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
American National Biography (ANB) The Online supplement to the 24-volume ANB set, published in 1999. You can find the set in the Reference Room by the library computer lab.
ATLA A large religion-oriented database of periodicals, dissertations, essays in edited books, and book reviews. When you reach the search screen, use the pull-down menu to select ATLA (which has full-text articles).
ATLA is available off campus with a password and user ID. Ask a librarian for help.
BioOne Full-text bioscience journals.
Britannica Online Encyclopedia Britannica
Choice Reviews Online Reviews of scholarly books and a great collection development tool for faculty.
Contemporary Women’s Issues Full-text access to global information on women in over 150 countries. Indexes books, journals, newsletters, research reports, fact sheets. Coverage back to 1992.
CQ Researcher Lengthy reports on issues; excellent source of info for debates, speeches, etc.
CQ Weekly Current information covering Congress and legislation
ERIC Online A huge education-related database that is useful in other disciplines also.
FirstSearch FirstSearch provides access to 66 databases, including Article 1st, Contents 1st, Sociological Abstracts, Dissertation Abstracts, Book Review Digest.
Gale Literature Database Contains critical analyses of works and authors, plus biographical information.
INFOTRAC Probably the most popular database we have. InfoTrac includes two databases: Expanded Academic ASAP is a general academic database that covers several disciplines; General BusinessFile ASAP is a business-related database. Both databases have many full-text articles back to 1995, with a backfile back to 1980 (citations and some abstracts). Location: WWW on campus only.
JSTOR VUSC’s subscription to JSTOR allows us to access entire runs (with the exception of the last 3-5 years) of full-text periodicals through the WWW on campus only.
Lexis-Nexis Contains full-text newspapers articles for many newspapers back 20 years. Also has company, business and legal information.
MLA Index to periodicals in literature, language, and linguistics. No full-text. When you reach the search screen, use the pull-down menu to choose the MLA index. Accessible off campus with a user ID and password. Ask a librarian for help.
NetLibrary VU’s subscription to about 2000 ebooks, which can be “checked out” and read online. These can also be accessed off campus if an account has been set up while on campus.
OED online The Oxford English Dictionary
Opposing Viewpoints Pro and con essays on controversial topics. Full-text
Oxford Reference Full-text of many of the Oxford reference books.
Proquest Direct Similar to InfoTrac; covers general and scholarly periodicals, with some full-text articles
PsycINFO A huge database useful for psychologists, educators, communication researchers, and sociologists. Available through the WWW on campus and off campus with a username and password. Ask a librarian for both. The database allows 1-5 simultaneous users.
RTA (Religious and Theological Abstracts) A periodical database which was Religious and Theological Abstracts in hard copy. No full text.
Other Databases
MEDLINE A huge medical database produced by the National Library of Medicine. Useful particularly for Anatomy and Physiology classes and Exercise Science.
MELVYL Access to the University of California’s catalog. You can search for books and the titles of periodicals. No searching for periodical articles available.


Contact person: Mary Wilson ( x6376

The library has about 1200 dvd titles. Many of these are classics chosen from the AFI lists of the 100 best dramas and comedies. Others are current and popular movies. These are on three-day loan with no renewals, though faculty and staff can have them out a little longer, such as over a weekend. Tell the attendant at the circulation desk the date you’d like to bring the items back.

Electronic Periodicals

Contact person: Alison English (x6375 (

Through JSTOR, InfoTrac, ProQuest and EBSCO, VUSC faculty have access to a number of full-text journals. JSTOR includes entire runs of research journals (with the exception of the last 3-5 years).

ERIC Fiche

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379 (

Currently, we have about 500 fiche in this ERIC collection. These have been ordered by previous graduate education students.


Contact person: Alison English x6375 (, Mel Covetta x6379 ( or Mary Wilson x6376 (

FirstSearch is an extraordinary database of about 20 databases produced by OCLC, through which we also catalog our collection and access InterLibrary Loan. The databases cover nearly every discipline.


Contact people: Alison English (x6375 Mel Covetta (x6379 Mary Wilson (x6376 or Pam Crenshaw (x6377

We believe that the library can be and should be a classroom like any other on campus. If our students are truly to become lifelong learners, they must learn to negotiate their way through simple and complex research strategies and tools, and they must know when each is required. Additionally, they must learn to evaluate and question sources and “authorities.” Critical thinking is required at every step of the research process. Ideally, research instruction should be developmental and tied to specific and meaningful assignments. The Library Faculty wish to partner with Classroom Faculty in making research instruction vital and achievable for our students. We’re available to help in several ways:

  • to teach the tools of research for an hour or longer for your class
  • to help you create research assignments
  • to advise you about whether our collection will support a research assignment you are planning

Please do not assume that students, even those in your upper division classes, know how to “do research”!

InterLibrary Loan

Contact people: Pam Crenshaw (x6377 or

Through OCLC and InterLibrary Loan we can access thousands of periodicals and millions of books throughout the United States. The cost to us varies. We have reciprocal agreements with about 70 libraries, wherein we will provide them free copies if they do the same for us. Obviously, we try to obtain as many ILLs from these providers as possible. Faculty ILLs are charged to the appropriate department/division. E-mail Pam with your request.

Library Hours

During Fall and Spring semesters, the library hours are

Monday-Thursday 7:30 AM-11:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday Noon-5:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM-8:00 PM

The library is closed on major holiday weekends. Vacation and summer hours vary. To confirm hours during these times, call (714)556-3610, Ext. 6381. Holiday hours are also posted under Library Hours on our home page.

During the last two weeks of the fall semester, the library stays open until midnight Monday-Thursday.
During the last two weeks of the spring semester, the library stays open until midnight Sunday-Thursday.

Loan Periods

Contact person: Jack Morgan (x6380 or

Most items circulate for three weeks. Reserves may circulate for 1-hour; 2-hours (library use only);1-day;
Music CDs have a 3-day loan period. Videos and DVDs can be checked out for 3 days.

Morris Pike Drama Collection

Contact person: Alison English (x6375 or

Morris Pike, faculty emeritus in drama, donated his collection of about 250 modern plays to the VUSC library when he retired in May 1998. This collection is housed on the first floor.

New Books & New Book Lists

The new items we access monthly are listed in VANCAT, our online catalog under the subject heading New Books. At the search screen, change keyword search to subject. Type in New Books, and then click the Browse button. You’ll see a list of months (New Books January 2002, etc.) Click on any month you wish to search and you’ll get a list of the new titles.

Pentecostal Collection

Contact person: Pam Crenshaw (x6377 or or Mary Wilson (x6376 or

The Pentecostal Collection reflects both VUSC’s heritage and current research in Pentecostalism. Currently, this collection of about 950 titles is housed on the first floor in two glass cabinets and in a storage closet. Items for inclusion are chosen by either the Director of the Lewis Wilson Institute of Pentecostal Studies, or Mary Wilson or Pam Crenshaw. The collection will eventually include materials from the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God and the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

Items are usually checked out for in-library use only. Guests must leave their driver’s license or keys at the circulation desk. Faculty who are researching heavily in the movement may check out items for a longer period of time with a librarian’s permission.

Periodical Ordering

Contact person: Mel Covetta (x6379

The best time to order periodicals is in April, after departments/divisions have received a list of current subscriptions from Mel and have decided what will be reordered or cancelled. EBSCO, our periodicals jobber, prefers that orders are placed along with our April annual renewal. Journals can be added at any time, however. An online order form can be submitted for periodical orders.


Contact person: Jack Morgan (x6380 or

Departments and divisions usually have a copy card in the library for faculty use. Ask at the Circulation Desk for your departmental card, and please remember to return it!

Rare Books

Contact Person: Mary Wilson (x6376 or

The library has a small collection (225 volumes) of rare books.Most of these are older than 1890, or have special significance such as an author’s inscription. The collection is housed in a locked glass case on the second floor.

Recall of Books

Contact person: Jack Morgan (x6380 or

Occasionally, the library must ask a patron to return an item before the checkout period expires. Often this happens because a faculty member has requested the item be placed on reserve. In that case, items must be returned immediately. At other times patrons simply need to use items checked out by someone else. The librarians are glad to contact whoever has the material checked out to facilitate an exchange.


Contact people: Alison English (x6375 or; Mel Covetta (x6379 or; Mary Wilson (x6376 or Pam Crenshaw (x6377 or; Elena Nipper (x6378 or enipper@vanguard)

Reference librarians are available throughout the week with the exception of Saturdays.


Contact person: Pam Crenshaw (x6377 or

Faculty reserves are located at the Circulation Desk. To place an item on reserve, faculty must fill out a form indicating the class in which the item will be used and the type of reserve (2-hour, library use only, etc.). Please do not tell students that material is on reserve until it is actually in the library. In the past, professors have casually mentioned in class that they are going to place items on reserve and students leave the class expecting to find the items already in the library, processed, and ready for them. Allow at least a day for materials to be processed.


Contact person: Pam Crenshaw (x6377 or

The VUSC Archives is a collection of yearbooks, catalogs, promotional materials, student handbooks, and memorabilia pertaining to our history. The Archives includes a collection of notebooks of various minutes, memos, publications, newspaper articles, etc., from all departments within the VUSC community (back to 1992).

TREN Fiche

Contact person: Mary Wilson (x6376 or

The library has approximately 3500 microfiche produced by the Theological Research Exchange Network, which has a searchable on-line database of titles. Many theological institutions participate in this network by submitting theses and dissertations written by their students. In addition, papers presented to the Evangelical Theological Society are included. These fiche provide examples of research and bibliographies on many theological topics and represent varying points of view. They are cataloged in VANPAC and are available at the circulation desk for library use only.