Reference Services

Reference services are available to the Gordon-Conwell community via email or phone. Feel free to contact the reference librarian with research questions or for help accessing online databases.

Email: reference@gcts.edu

Phone: 978-646-4004

Please Note:

  • If you have difficulty accessing online databases via EZproxy, please consult the EZproxy Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • For questions regarding renewals or fines, contact the Gordon-Conwell library from which you borrowed the item:
  • To request books from the Goddard Library in South Hamilton, consult the book request guidelines.
  • If you are a student at the South Hamilton campus, and you would like to request a book via inter-library loan, consult the instructions.

Research Guides

Several guides available to assist students with their research. Guides are offered for all of GCTS, Hamilton (Goddard Library), or Charlotte (Lindsell Library), and available as PDF or website. 

Click  for PDFs,  for websites. Click + for guide descriptions.

Please note: guides are being updated to include new resources from the DTL. 
Guide Title Campus PDF Link
A Beginning Reading List for New and Perspective Students CHAR  

This guide lists suggested reading for those individuals preparing to or considering a degree program in seminary.

Accessing the Dead Sea Scrolls HAM
This guide is a very basic introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls numbering/naming system and to the various resources in the Goddard Library for accessing the non-Biblical texts.
Basic Bibliographies for Theological Research GCTS  
A collection of recommended titles for theological research. 
Bibliographic Research for Biblical Studies (New Testament) GCTS  
A brief guide to finding bibliographic references using in-print and electronic bibliographies in the library's collection.
Bibliographic Resources for the Study of Pentecostalism HAM  
List of recommended text. 
EBSCOhost Bibliographic Databases at GCTS GCTS  
This PDF tutorial covers basic search techniques to use with the ATLA Religion Database, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, the Religion & Philosophy Collection, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, PsycINFO, and PsycARTICLES.
English Bible Exegesis GCTS  
This guide is meant to aid students in doing exegesis that have little background in the Biblical languages.
Library Resources for Counseling Students GCTS  
A collection of database links and descriptions for assistance with counseling resources.  
New Testament Exegesis CHAR  
This guide is intended to aid in study and research for New Testament exegesis. We have compiled several helpful videos as well as links to informative websites. In addition to the many resources that are available on the shelves in our Charlotte campus library we also have a large collection of eBooks and electronic resources which are accessible through our library system. If you have any questions or need help using these resources please use the contact information below. We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your study of the New Testament.
Old Testament Exegesis CHAR  

This guide is intended to aid in study and research for Old Testament exegesis. We have compiled several helpful videos as well as links to informative websites. In addition to the many resources that are available on the shelves in our Charlotte campus library we also have a large collection of eBooks and electronic resources which are accessible through our library system. If you have any questions or need help using these resources please use the contact information below. We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your study of the Old Testament.

Old Testament Textual Criticism HAM
This is a PDF version of a regularly updated research guide covering the locations of various ancient texts and modern helps for the study of Old Testament textual criticism that are available in the Goddard Library.
Searching for Hebrew Terms in the ATLA Religion Database GCTS  
This guide provides a crash course in searching for Hebrew terms in the ATLA Religion Database.
Searching for Theses and Dissertations GCTS  
General instructions available. See also the Finding GCTS Theses on TREN tutorial.
The Protestant Reformation CHAR  

This guide is designed to help CT500 students in their research as well as provide point to resources in the GCTS Charlotte library on the Protestant Reformation.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) and Perseus Tutorial GCTS  
TLG and Perseus 4.0 are now closely linked together. You can perform a search on the lexical form of a in TLG and then go directly to the LSJ Greek-English Lexicon in either TLG or also be taken to all instances of a word found in Perseus 4.0. 
TLG Translation Guide HAM  
 Guide to English translations with Goddard Library call numbers.