Library Orientation for DMin Students

Ernie Rubinstein
Theological Librarian

Library catalog---------------Online Resources------------Library Graffiti for DMin students

I. Some Church-Library connections

A. Church as Library
B. Library as Synagogue
C. Patron saint of librarians
D. Re-ligion and Re-search

II. The Drew Library homepage

A. Getting there:
B. Helpful links for on-campus use of the library

1. Map of the library

a. Baldwin Room (D.Min theses)
b. Change machine
c. Soda machine

2. Methodist Library
3. Circulation Policies
4. Library hours

C. Helpful links for both on- and off-campus use of the library

1. The Library catalog
2. List of library databases

a. Several access routes
b. Access from off campus is easy (an example)

3. Guides to the databases
4. Recommended online resources for theological studies
5. New books
6. Guide to Dewey classification numbers
7. Guide to LC classification numbers

D. A Library Blog-Guide: LostintheLibrary

E. Summary of Library services and resources available

III. Borrowing books

A. From Drew, while on campus: My Library account
B. Your local public library
C. The Congregational Library (Boston)
D. Your seminary [e.g. the United Library in Evanston IL]
E. Or, buying books used:

1. Bookfinder
2. Alibris
3. Addall

F. Requesting from afar essays or articles in print sources Drew owns

IV. Evaluating books

A. What's the difference between:

1. Book A
2. Book B

B. Criteria for evaluating books (and articles)

1. Authority
2. Audience
3. Credibility
4. Currency
5. Purpose
6. Perspective
7. Structure
8. Scope

C. Biographical information on authors

1. Contemporary Authors
2. Who's Who in America

D. Book reviews

2. Databases
3. Book Review Digest and Book Review Index

V. The Research Pentalateral

A. Library Catalogs
B. Subject Encyclopedias
C. Bibliographies
D. Periodical Databases
E. Websites
F. Writing a Research Paper in Theological Studies: A Guide in Ten Commandments
G. An online tutorial in research strategy

H. Research guide for "Jesus as Mother"
I. Research guide for biblical studies
J. Research guide for Liturgy, Arts, and Spirituality

VI. Library Catalogs

A. "Searching": matching terms we feed a database to terms already in the database
B. The Drew Catalog : a brief tour

1. Searching by Author, Title, or Subject
2. Author-Title searching
3. Subject Searching: keyword vs authority terms (e.g. Eucharist vs. Lord's Supper)

a. Finding subject authority terms

(1) Via keyword searching
(2) Via browse searching

b. Example: story (as concept) in theology, preaching, church growth, etc.

(1) Storytelling--Religious Aspects--Christianity
(2) Story sermons
(3) Narration (Rhetoric)
(4) Discourse Analysis, Narrative
(5) Narrative Preaching
(6) Narrative Theology
(7) Narrative Therapy

c. Bucking the system (when official subject headings disappoint), e.g. family systems theory

a. Systemic Therapy (Family Therapy) as subject heading
b. Family w1 systems as keyword
c. Family Psychotherapy as subject heading

4. "Items on the same shelf"
5. Boolean searching
6. Ebooks
7. Ebrary
8. Oxford Scholarship Online
9. Google Books
10. Finding DMin theses in the catalog (D.Min. as keyword)
11. Locating DMin theses at other seminaries (RIM)
12. Purchasing DMin theses: TREN
13. Online dissertations: Dissertations and Theses

C. Worldcat : an even briefer tour

VII. Subject Encyclopedias

A. What they do
. How to find them: subject and (encyclopedias or dictionaries or handbooks)
C. Online encyclopedias

1. In collections: Oxford Reference Online, Credo Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library
2. By subject: Reference Universe
3. A brief (incomplete) list of religion/theology encyclopedias online

D. General subject encyclopedias in religion

1. Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed. (Macmillan, 2005) [online]
. New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed. (2003) [online]
3. Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed. by Hans Hillerbrand (Routledge, 2004)
4. Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. revised, ed. by F. L. Cross (Oxford, 2005) [online]
5. Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, ed. by Eileen Lindner (National Council of Churches, annual)
6. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, 2001)
7. Encyclopedia Judaica [online]
8. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy [online]

E. In Worship, Spirituality and Preaching

1. New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship, ed. by Paul Bradshaw (Westminster, 2002)
2. New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, ed. by Philip Sheldrake (Westminster, 2005)
3. Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, ed. by William Willimon (Westminster, 1995)
4. See also: THEPH 384: Theological Research and Writing, Session 8

F. In Pastoral Care and Counseling

1. Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, ed. by Rodney Hunter (Abingdon, 2005)
2. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling (Paulist Press, 1993-2003) [3 vols]
3. Encyclopedia of Psychology, ed. by Alan Kazdin (Oxford, 2000) [8 vols.]
4. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, ed. by Neil Smelser (Elsevier, 2001) [26 vols.]
5. See also: Electronic Resources in Psychology

G. In Contemporary Ministry

1. The Christian Handbook for Pastors, ed. by Gloria E. Bengtson, and others (Augsburg, 2006)
2. Church Administration: Programs, Process, Purpose, by Robert Bacher (Fortress, 2007)
3. Hope in Conflict: Discovering Wisdom in Congregational Turmoil, by David Sawyer (Pilgrim 2007)
4. African American Church Management Handbook, by Floyd H. Flake and others (Judson, 2005)
5. Growing the African American Church, ed. by Carlyle Fielding Stewart III (Abingdon, 2006)
6. Minister's Manual [annual periodical]
7. Church Management [online periodical]
8. The Alban Institute: Congregational Resource Guide

H. Online Ministry

1. Encyclopedia of Globalization (Routledge, 2007)
2. Global Dictionary of Theology (IVP, 2008)
3. Encyclopedia of Postmodernism (Routledge, 2001) [and online, via catalog]
2. A Dictionary of the Internet (Oxford Univ Pr, 2001)
3. Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication and Media (Routledge, 2006)
4. Brands of Faith: Marketing Religion in a Commerical Age (Routledge, 2008)

I. In Ecological Ministry

1. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Continuum, 2005) [online]
2. Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (Salem Press, 2000)
3. Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment (Facts on File, 2004)
4. Encyclopedia of Global Change [online, e.g. Religion]

J. Narrative Theory

1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (Routledge, 2005)
2. Narrative Research in Ministry (Carl Savage, 2008)
3. Lines of Narrative: Psycho-Social Perspectives (Routledge, 2000)

K. In Sociological Research Methods

1. The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, ed. by Lisa Given (Sage, 2008)
1. A Companion to Qualitative Research, ed. by Uwe Flick and others (Sage, 2004)
2. Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry, by Thomas A. Schwandt (3rd ed., Sage, 2007)
3. Qualitative Research Practice, ed. by Jane Ritchie and Jane Lewis (Sage, 2003)
4. Research Methods in the Social Sciences, ed. by Bridget Smoekh and Cathy Lewin (Sage, 2005)
5. Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, ed. by Michael Lewis-Beck (Sage, 2004)
6. The Survey Kit, by Arlene Fink and others (2nd ed., Sage, 2003)

a. The Survey Handbook
b. How to Ask Survey Questions
c. How to Conduct Self-Administered and Mail Surveys
d. How to Conduct Telephone Surveys
e. How to Conduct In-Person Interviews for Surveys
f. How to Design Survey Studies
g. How to Sample in Surveys
h. How to Assess and Interpret Survey Psychometrics
i. How to Manage, Analyze, and Interpret Survey Data
j. How to Report on Surveys

7. Sage homepage: books on research methods
8. Two classic journals in the sociology of religion:

a. Review of Religious Research
b. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

VIII. Bibliographies

A. What they do
B. How to find them in the Drew library catalog

1. term and bibliography as subjects [e.g. pastoral counseling and bibliography]
2. su term and bibliography [e.g. narrative and bibliography]

IX. Databases

A. Listed on the library homepage
B. Recommended databases in Religion
C. Guides to databases
D. ATLAS [American Theological Library Association Serials]

1. A more complex structure (than the catalog)

a. Many fields
b. Keyword vs. Browse

2. Contains: references to articles, essays, book reviews
3. Reading the records
4. Contains some online fulltext
5. Finding cited articles that are not fulltext

a. E-Journals
b. Interlibrary Loan

6. ATLA Authority Search terms for Worship, Spirituality and Preaching

a. Worship
b. Prayer
c. Liturgy or Liturgies
d. Spirituality
e. Spiritual direction
f. Spiritual life
g. Preaching
h. Bible--Homiletical Use
i. Sermons--Outlines, Syllabi, etc
j. Lectionary Preaching
k. Homiletical Illustrations

7. ATLA Authority Search terms for Pastoral Care and Counseling

a. Pastoral Counseling
b. Pastoral Psychology
c. Pastoral Theology
d. Family Counseling
e. Family Systems Theory
f. Marriage Counseling
g. Crisis (Psychology)
h. Church work with addicts [etc.]

8. ATLA Authority Search terms for contemporary ministry

a. Clergy
b. Ministry
c. Evangelistic Work
d. Non-Institutional Churches
e. Church Growth
f. Leadership, Religious
g. Religious change
h. Future
i. Emerging Church (Movement)

9. ATLA Authority Search terms for ecological ministry

a. Earth (in Religion, Folklore)
b. Ecofeminism
c. Ecology
d. Environmental Ethics
e. Globalization
f. Global Warming
g. Green Movement
h. Human Beings--Relation to Nature
i. Human Ecology
j. Natural Resources
k. Nature (Theology)
l. Nature in the Bible
m. Nature--Religious Interpretations

10. ATLA Authority terms for global online ministry

a. Computers in Churches
b. Internet (Computer Network)
c. World Wide Web
d. Globalization--Religious Aspects
e. Cyberspace
f. Virtual Reality
g. Technology and Religion

11. How to find authority terms in ATLAS
12. How to find bibliographies in ATLAS

E. Other databases

1. PsycInfo [e.g., narratives as Subject; church as Keyword]
2. SocIndex [e.g. narrative paradigm theory as Subject]
. Academic Search Premier [e.g. narrative theory as Subject]
4. Proquest [e.g., narratives as Subject]
5. LexisNexis
6. Ethnic Newswatch
7. Old Testament Abstracts & New Testament Abstracts
8. Dissertations and Theses [e.g., "narrative research" and church as Keywords]
9. JSTOR [e.g. "narrative research" and church as Keywords]

X. Websites

A. Electronic Resources by Subject: Religion and Theology
B. Electronic Resources by Subject: Psychology
C. Hartford Institute for Religion Research
F. Textweek
G. Theological Research Exchange Network
H. Hymnsite
I. Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University
J. PsychCentral
K. Strong's Concordance
. Using Google
M. Evaluating websites

1. Authority
2. Audience
3. Credibility
4. Currency
5. Perspective
6. Scope

XI. Bibliographic Style

A. Chicago style manual
B. An easier-to-use version of the Chicago style manual and another
Some Examples of Chicago Citations converted from library style

XII. Some Guides to Writing

Core, Deborah. The Seminary Student Writes. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000
Graff, Gerald and Cathy Berkenstein. "They Say / I Say": Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. N.Y.: Norton, 2009.
Richardson, Robert. First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process. Iowa City: Univ of Iowa Pr, 2009.