The library’s summer hours begin Thursday, May 9th. We will be open weekdays from 7:30 AM until 5 PM Monday through Friday. We will be closed for Memorial Day (May 27), and on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Click here to learn more about library hours.
By Matthew Collins on May 6, 2013
By mbhammo on April 15, 2013
As you focus on final papers and projects, remember that the library has all the resources you need to make your work more efficient and help you get a better grade. Check out our Research Guides for specific areas. Reference librarians can help you:
- search more efficiently
- focus your topic
- find resources.
Reference librarians are available by chat, email, phone and in person.
By mbhammo on April 11, 2013
If you can’t remember how to cite a book with an author or editor, or if you want to know how to cite a website in your papers, you can find the answers online. A quick guide to citing in Chicago Style can be found here. This site has tabs for doing citations for footnotes with bibliography, as well as the author-date format.
Questions about either understanding a citation or creating one? Ask a reference librarian!
By mbhammo on April 8, 2013
Have you ever googled yourself? What do you do if you do not like what you find? What exactly are you agreeing to when you click “I accept” under the Terms and Conditions of various websites or apps? How can you tell a phishing scam from a legitimate email? This Wednesday, April 10, our Wednesday Workshop will discuss these questions and other issues related to maintaining privacy and protecting your data. The workshop will take place at noon in RARB 401. Click here for more information and to register.
By mbhammo on April 1, 2013
All interested people are invited to join us in the Durham Reading Room of Pitts Theology Library this Thursday, April 4 for an engaging and informative evening celebrating our current special collections exhibit in the Durham Reading Room, “Joining Together in Discourse: Sermons from the 18thcentury to the Present.” Our featured speakers will be Robert Silliman, Ph.D., Emory University Professor of History Emeritus, and Ted Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ethics at the Candler School of Theology. Prof. Silliman will speak about his experience transcribing the sermons of James Archer, a Catholic priest living in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries whose sermon topics include religious persecution, spirituality, and marriage, while Prof. Smith will speak about the James Archer sermons in the context of sermon collections at Pitts Theology Library.
Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 PM, and the lectures will begin at 7 PM.
This event is free and open to the public.
Click here to register and for more information.
By Tracy Powell on March 26, 2013
Pitts Theology Library will be closed from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 in observance of Easter weekend. We will remain open until 9 PM on Thursday, March 28 and will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Please let us know if we can help you prepare for this time.
By Matthew Collins on March 18, 2013
We know that many of you are working on exegesis papers of one kind or another as projects this semester. We are here to help you! We can point you to some of the great resources and tools that will not only make your paper better, but will also save you time and energy in the process. Drop by to ask a question or get assistance – or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or chat with us online (see this page for instructions). If you want to get started on your own, be sure to check out the Research Guides, especially the ones on Interpretation of the Old Testament and Interpretation of the New Testament.
By Tracy Powell on March 5, 2013
We wish each of you an enjoyable spring break, whether that time brings you study, rest, travel, or any combination thereof! The library will be closed the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17. We will be open Monday-Friday the week of spring break from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. If we can assist with your spring break projects, please let us know!
Evening with Friends American Music Goes ‘Scientific’: 19th-Century US Hymnody’s Classical Borrowings
By mbhammo on March 4, 2013
All interested people are invited to join us in the Durham Reading Room of Pitts Theology Library this Thursday evening, March 7 for an engaging and informative lecture. Peter Mercer-Taylor, Associate Professor of Musicology and the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, will speak on ways some of the most important European composers have found a place in American hymnody. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 PM, and the lectures will begin at 7 PM. Click here to register and for more information.
By Tracy Powell on February 28, 2013
On Wednesday, February 20, Dr. Ian McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology, and Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, spoke with a group of Candler students about times when they needed to learn something new. Each described a similar process for gaining familiarity with a new field, although the particulars varied for each instance.
Dr. Marshall described a time when she was asked to give a talk about biomedical ethics, an area outside of her expertise. She contacted faculty in that area first to gather reading recommendations that would provide her with a high-level sense of the field. After gaining that perspective, she asked herself about other approaches to the topic and realized that she could apply her knowledge of virtue ethics. Doing so gave her both a research question and a way to connect her research in this area to a topic that she knew well. With this research question in mind, she contacted faculty again to determine if they had reading recommendations with this more narrow focus. She also met with a librarian to discuss databases, articles, and keywords that could help her locate more resources.
Dr. McFarland discussed how a footnote about Maximus the Confessor in an article by a Luther scholar led him to a new area of study. He followed the footnotes in the article, both primary and secondary, and located the only two books that translated Maximus the Confessor’s writings into English. Reading Maximus’ writings alongside secondary literature on the topic provided a good entree to this area of study. The footnotes in the secondary literature helped him gain an understanding of recent decades of scholarship in this area. Knowing this history helped him determine which untranslated documents he wanted to read. He could then use article databases and WorldCat to determine what had been published subsequent to the secondary book he had read. The subsequent articles also provided him with the names of other scholars with similar research interests and helped him connect with conversation partners. He also discussed that this project had the side benefit of helping him keep up his reading knowledge of Greek.
Students present asked about finding time to pursue individual research interests when coursework has its own requirements. Both professors suggested talking with teaching faculty about the possibility of proposing a research topic that would connect with the themes of the course and with the individual research interest. They also discussed the necessity of picking a slice of a research question to investigate in a research paper rather than a broader life question, and the importance of having a research question that placed one in dialogue with other scholars as one means of focusing research.
The session was full of helpful information for students, and we thank both professors for spending an hour with us!