Orientation Assignments

Access the "Books" tab from the library homepage to complete this assignment. 

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When searching for an item in the library’s catalog it’s important to understand facets and how they assist with searches. Users can limit these facets to view results by format, collections, authors, subjects, and so on.

Basic Searching:

Perform a basic search for the term "theology". From the left side menu access the following facets and answer the questions. Sample

  • How many locations are available to search from? Select only the "Charlotte" location. Sample
     
  • How many formats are available for this after the location is chosen? Select "Book" as the format. Sample
     
  • Click on "Collections, then Reference". How many reference items does the facet say are available? Sample

    The LS2 and Classic catalogs display results differently. In Classic this search would yield results which only display Reference works at the Charlotte location. LS2 Catalog, on the other hand, focuses on finding items from your desired location. You will likely see a mix of collection results in LS2 even though "Reference" was selected. 
     
  • From the results list, click on the title "Readings in Christian Thought (1990)". Notice that since the keyword "theology" was searched it could be available in any of the item details. For this book "theology" appears as a subject. Sample

-Who is the author?
-How many page numbers?
-Which collection is this book available in?
-What is the call number (Shelf Location) to locate this book in the library?

It's important to know the difference between library collections. Items that do not circulate are accessible only in the library where they can be viewed on a public computer or have portions scanned for viewing later. 

Advanced Searching: Sample

Advanced searching allows users to perform combination searches to retrieve a more desirable set of results.

  • Users can use this form of search to find an item when all that's known is a portion of an item title and its author.
  • This method of searching can also find a particular book in a series. (e.g. Book of the Bible in a commentary series)
  • Interested in two subjects or one subject with a portion of a book title? Advanced searching can find results based on those fields. 

Perform an advanced search for the "title: Victory" with "author: Wright."  

  • How many results display?
  • What is the title of the book displayed?
  • What is the authors full name?

Perform an advanced search for the "title:Philippians" and "series:Commentary."

  • How many results display?

Select the second result "Philippians (1989)" by F.F. Bruce.  

  • What commentary series is this book a part of?

Downloadable eBooks

The LS2 Catalog provides access to EBSCO eBooks and Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) e-docs. When searches are performed "eBook"and "Electronic Resource" are available formats. 

Perform a basic search for the term "church plant". Select "eBook" as the format.

You should see an orange download button appear under eBook titles. Sample Click the download button on the first available result. Log-in with your Gordon-Conwell credentials then save the PDF eBook to your computer. 

  • What is the title of the book you downloaded? 

To learn how to download theses from Gordon-Conwell graduates view the Doctor of Ministry Resources website.

Using Your Library Account

Perform a basic search for any desired term. After results appear log-in to your library account. 

Ways to access your library account: Location 1 ; Location 2 ; Location 3

To access your library account use your Student ID as the Library ID and last four digits of your Student ID as the PIN number. Please contact us if your credentials don't work. 

  • Save the search to your library account. What term/s did you search for? 

  • Save three items to your library account. Provide the titles you saved.

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