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Library Tutorial For Digital Resources

This guide contains videos giving instruction on accessing digital resources through the GCTS library system.

The Digital Theological Library is a not for profit 501(c)3 corporation. It was originally started by the Claremont School of Theology. The organization is based on a co-ownership model. Thus, it's purpose is to provide its member institutions with the best available digital theological resources that are available. At last count, the DTL has over 1.5 Million eBooks and 21,000 journals containing 60,000,000 articles. The primary focus of the collection is on theological studies, however, it does have a large amount of resources relating to psychology, counseling, and a few other subjects.

The DTL uses a library platform called World Media Share (WMS). This is a system used by other seminaries and universities. To access the various online resources you will need to click on the "View eBook" button for a given resource and then follow the login instructions. This involves selecting your member institution and inputing your institutional identification number.

The basic layout consists of the main search results down the middle right of the page and a number of useful search limiters which are located on the left hand side of the page. These show up after an initial search of the system. Using the left hand search limiters is the most efficient way to navigate to the type of information and resources that you are looking for. It is well worth taking the time to get used to the different limiters that are available to you.

When searching for journal articles in the Digital Theological Library, the basic search method is similar to that of looking for eBooks. The diference is in which search limiters you select.