Expanded Journal, E-book, and Video Content

Just a few of the scholarly publishers offering free content this semester

With hundreds of universities around the world now providing all instruction and services online, many scholarly publishers and database providers are offering free emergency access to thousands of online journals, monographs, textbooks, and streaming video.

Some of the publishers offering this temporary access include JSTOR, ProjectMuse, ProQuest, SAGE, Kanopy, and CENGAGE. The dates of free access vary with each vendor from the end of May to the end of June.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of these valuable trials, located on the Library’s campus closure support guide. Please note that this emergency content is not discoverable in Summon. While some vendors, such as JSTOR, are adding the additional content to our existing subscriptions, the best place to know what’s available and access it is through our guide.

While we cannot make any commitments regarding new subscriptions, the librarians will consider seriously all student and faculty opinions of these resources in our purchasing decisions. Please email your comments to librarians@regent.edu.

Important message from the Library





The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
– Psalm 20:1

A climate of fear has descended on the world, and for many university students across the country who spent the past week moving out of campus housing, feelings of anxiety are just beginning to set in.

The librarians and staff at the Library are aware of the emotional toll the past week has taken on many of our students, and we want to assure our users that all essential library services – research assistance, instruction, interlibrary loan, materials acquisition – will continue without interruption or reduction.

The librarians have set up a special FAQ Central page to answer some of the most common questions students may have about Library services during the closure. This page will provide our users with up-to-date information about Library services, new online acquisitions, and recommendations from the academic library world on making the most of the evolving situation.

The Library is committed to the academic success of our students and will provide every possible support in the coming weeks. May the Lord keep the entire Regent family safe through this trial and grant that we all emerge from it with a strengthened faith and closer relationship with Him.

Image from Regent University Facebook: March 20, 2020

Special film event: The Biggest Little Farm

What happens when a Los Angeles filmmaker and a professional food writer decide to buy a ramshackle farm and attempt to grow crops and animals in complete harmony with nature? The result is an astonishingly beautiful documentary about the fulfillment of a promise to live a life of meaning and purpose.

Join the Library and Professor of Film & Literature Pete Fraser for a screening and discussion of Christian themes in The Biggest Little Farm. As an optional  literary complement, we will also discuss parallel themes in the film with Willa Cather’s short story “Neighbour Rosicky.” The full text of “Neighbour Rosicky” is available free from Project Gutenberg. It is not necessary to read the story to attend the screening or discussion.

The event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Library Auditorium. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. For more information or a PDF of “Neighbour Rosicky,” contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Way-In: Black History Month


Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, grew out of an initiative called Negro History Week, begun by Carter Woodson in 1926. Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State in 1970 and has since received official recognition from many countries. This annual celebration recognizes the central role of blacks in the history of the United States. Many initiatives have been launched as a result of Black History Month. For example, in 1940, the US Postal Service created a stamp series to honor African Americans and their contributions. On January 28 of this year, the Post Office issued the 178th stamp in this series; it featured actor, singer, and dancer Gregory Hines.

Regent University Faculty Way-In
This month our featured faculty expert is Robert Schwarzwalder, Director of Regent University’s Center for Christian Thought and Action and Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Education. He also serves as director of the Charles B. Koch Foundation Leaders program. Schwarzwalder’s research includes an examination of Francis J. Grimke’s contributions to efforts to establish racial equality. Grimke said, “race prejudice can’t be talked down, it must be lived down.”

Excerpts from “Francis J. Grimke: Prophet of Racial Justice, Skeptic of American Power”
“Grimke was the grandson of John Faucheraud Grimke, an associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and wealthy slave holder. His father, attorney and plantation owner Henry Grimke, had children by his white wife and then, after her death, lived in a husband-wife relationship with one of his slaves, Nancy Weston (interracial marriage was then illegal).

“After Henry’s death, one of his all-white sons sold Francis into slavery to a Confederate officer. Yet following the war, the talented young man attended Lincoln University, graduating as the school’s valedictorian…and thereafter started law school at Howard University in 1872. However, sensing the call to Christian ministry, he applied to and was accepted at the nation’s premier theological institution, Princeton Theological Seminary… Grimke went to the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church (sometimes referred to as the “Colored Presbyterian Church”) in Washington, D.C., where he served as pastor for roughly 40 years.

Francis James Grimke (1850-1937)

“In a letter to the members of Princeton Seminary class of 1878 on the event of the 40th anniversary of their graduation, Grimke summarized his ministry:

‘During these forty years two things I have tried to do with all my might: (1) To preach the gospel of the grace of God – to get men to see their need of a saviour, and to accept of Jesus Christ as the way, they truth, the life … (2) I have sought with all my might to fight race prejudice, because I believe it is utterly un-Christian, and that it is doing almost more than anything else to curse our own land and country and the world at large.'”

Read Professor Schwarzwalder’s full chapter chapter on Grimke here.

Artistic Works
Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) was a Canadian-American Black composer noted for his deeply expressive and unique choral and piano literature. Dett was a professing Christian. Dett was educated at Harvard, Oberlin Music Conservatory, and Eastman School of Music. He worked to preserve spirituals, and his music fused Negro folk music with European art music, such as his Chariot Jubilee, Ave Maria, and Listen to the Lambs, performed here by the Robert Nathaniel Dett Chorale, which was formed in 1998 to perform and perpetuate Dett’s work. He wrote a prize winning book titled The Emancipation of Negro Music and a book of poetry titled The Album of a Heart.

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was the first African American artist who achieved international acclaim. Tanner became a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopalian Church. His paintings specialized in religious subjects. He was named an honorary chevalier of the Order of the Legion Honoe in 1923, France’s most distinguished award.

The Annunciation (1898), Henry Ossawa Tanner


Nicodemus Visiting Jesus (1899), Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

For additional historic and current films and documentaries, search our Films on Demand and Academic Video Online media resources for scholarly, informative and thought provoking videos.

As you think about this important memorial month, consider the ongoing concerns and how you address them, such as:

  • Diversity and inclusion issues
  • Macro and micro aggressions
  • Ongoing racial discrimination

Please post your responses, comments, and reflections. Thank you for your thoughtful and prayerful consideration.

Regent Resources

Each year Regent University celebrates Black History month with various events. This year, on February 7, the Association of Black Psychologists hosted a discussion on “The Misdiagnosis of Unrecognized Trauma in African American Youth.” On February 26, the Student Activities Board hosted a Black History Month night of celebration in the Library Atrium featuring art, trivia, dancing and soul food. Last year, the Library created a display featuring many books and contributions by African Americans.

Black History Month display in the Library, 2019

Helpful Links

About the Way-In Discussion Series

Regent University Library, the intellectual hub of the campus, invites the Regent community to engage in conversation, discussion, and exploration of life’s challenging issues. Each month, the topic explored will concern wicked issues, that is, complex situations where no one answer is sufficient. Often the Christian perspective is absent from these kinds of conversations. The Way-In series encourages the inclusion of Christian perspectives, Scriptural insights, and Divine wisdom.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). If Jesus is the Way, what might a Christian response to various challenging issues look like? We invite you to peruse some Regent University faculty perspectives, explore some resources on the topic, and most importantly, “weigh in” and provide your reflections and responses in the comments section. We will respond with a YouTube recording to answer questions and respond to your comments in a few weeks.

Proverbs 16:16 reminds us that getting wisdom is better than gold, and insight better than silver. Together, let us explore the wisdom available to us as we consider these topics.

– Dr. Esther R. Gillie, Dean of the University Library