Using the Library in More Ways Than One

Happy New Year and welcome back! With the new semester starting, we’ve had students stopping by, determined to get ahead in their classes and assignments. While setting goals for your semester, why not add “using all the resources the library has to offer” to your list?

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GTS middler John Shirley knows that rare books diversify and deepen research

No matter what classes you’re taking or where your research interests lie, going outside the box  can open up new avenues of inquiry or make your study topics more tangible. Below are ways to take advantage of the well-known and not-so-well-known resources at the Keller Library.

Rare Books. Working on projects about world religions or the global spread of Christianity? Studying the history of the Church? The Library has extensive holdings (including translations!) in Books of Common Prayer and Bibles, religious tracts, and missionary documents, as well as books and manuscripts produced pre-printing.

 

 

This scrapbook from a GTS alum helps users understand life in the early 20th c.

This scrapbook from a GTS alum helps users understand seminary and clergy life in the early 20th century

Archives and Manuscripts. Looking for a first-person perspective in your research? Using our archival and manuscript collections offers access to papers, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials. Archival materials offer a unique and one-of-a-kind perspective that can add depth to your research.

Using different sermons on the same topic can help users understand multiple historical perspectives

Studying different sermons on the same topic can help users understand multiple historical perspectives

Sermons, Pamphlets, and Church MaterialsLooking for historical perspectives or for ways to track how sentiment on certain issues has changed? Using church-related materials, including sermons and pamphlets, provides a fuller understanding of theological controversies or historical situations. The library houses thousands of pamphlets and sermons on as many topics.

Keep in mind that the library can provide access to items in print, digitally, and on microfilm. If you’re feeling stuck on a question or problem, using a new kind of resource may help to spark inspiration or redirect your line of questioning.

Looking to set up an appointment to see special collections materials? Contact the library staff.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the library this semester!

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