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WorldCat + Database Searches: Home

Introduction

In this assignment, you will locate electronic sources by searching WorldCat Discovery (the online catalog) and several GCTS databases. Specific instructions are provided (below) for each search.

Locate each source as directed. For this assignment, select a date range of the last ten years (2008-2018) to be sure your research is current. (Older sources may be acceptable for your research paper, especially for primary sources or for an author who was the first (or primary) person to research a relevant topic.)

Your written assignment is to provide a bibliography entry in Turabian Notes-Bibliography style (Turabian chapters 16-17). Among your searches, you will locate several journal articles and an e-book. Review this document for bibliography examples for e-books and journal articles located in databases. Consult Turabian as needed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use the “cite” tool in a database, most often the citations it provides will have the correct information, but very likely will not have the information formatted correctly. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to format your citations correctly for course assignments and for assignments in future courses. DO NOT ASSUME that what you copied out of the database is correct; LOOK AT EXAMPLES. Consult Turabian chapters 16-17 and/or the examples provided. Be especially careful to capitalize titles headline-style.

Database Access Authentication

Licensed content is available only to current faculty, staff, and students. Access requires users to sign in with their GCTS ID number. For students, this is the Student ID number. For more information please view this guide.

Finding Books

Gordon-Conwell libraries house over 350,000 print books that support the degrees programs offered by the seminary. In June 2018, Gordon-Conwell joined the Digital Theological Library, a co-owned library organization of digital resources comprised of electronic books, journals, and counseling videos. These digital resources supplement the library’s print collections by making valuable academic titles available to Gordon-Conwell users anywhere the internet is available. EBooks can be found using the WorldCat Discovery catalog or by searching individual databases that host them.

In the WorldCat Discovery search box on the library website, click the Books tab

Type the name “Martin Luther” and click Search.

You will see a variety of items that display in the results list.

Refine your search by going to the left-side toolbar and selecting the following:

  • Library: Under “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Libraries” select “Charlotte - Lindsell Library”
  • Format: “Print Book”
  • Year: “Last 10 Years”

Record one print book from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 1: Print Book, Martin Luther - in Charlotte Library.”)

Remain in the WorldCat Discovery or return to the Library Homepage

In the search box, enter the new search term “John Calvin” and click Search.

You will see a variety of items display in the results list. Refine your search by going to the left-side toolbar and selecting the following:

  • Library: Select “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Libraries”

Since eBooks are provided by the institution, a campus location cannot be selected.

  • Format: “eBook”
  • Year: “Last 5 Years

Fun step: Click on the “View eBook” button on several books to view its layout and table of contents.

Record one eBook from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 2: Electronic Book, Calvin.”)

Search 3: find an eBook by topic in EBSCO

  • In the search box, enter the new search term “Reformation” and click Search. You will see a variety of items display in the results list. Refine your search by adding the second search term “Catholic.”
  • Record one eBook from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 3: Database eBook Search, Reformation & Catholic”)


Search 4: finding an eBook by search term in ProQuest eBook Central

  • After entering ProQuest, enter the search term “Katherine von Bora.”
  • Refine your search by going to the left side-toolbar and select the subject: “religion/christianity/protestant.”
  • Record one eBook from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 4: Database eBook Search, Katherine von Bora.”)


Fun step: Search for the titles from search 3 and 4 in the WorldCat Discovery Catalog. You should be able to easily find the titles with a “View eBook” button linking to the database record.

Finding Journals & Articles

Gordon-Conwell libraries house thousands of print journals and periodicals with many current subscriptions to publishers that contribute to seminary education. Many more journals are available from online providers like EBSCOhost and ProQuest. All print and electronic journal titles can be found in WorldCat Discovery, however just like eBooks, database providers offer unique search tools to locate desired titles and articles.

  • In WorldCat Discovery, enter the search term “Martin Luther” and click Search. You will see a variety of items that display in the results list. Refine your search by going to the left-side toolbar and selecting the following:
    • Library: Under “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Libraries” select “Charlotte - Lindsell Library”
    • Format: “Print Book”
    • Year: “Last 10 Years”
  • Record one print book from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 1: Print Book, Martin Luther - in Charlotte Library.”)

Finding Dissertations & Theses

Gordon-Conwell libraries house Masters and Doctorate level theses written by Gordon-Conwell students. Databases offered by ProQuest and the Theological Research Exchange Network offer theses and dissertations published by educational institutions from around the world.

Click Jump to ProQuest D&T Global from the Theses & Dissertations tab from the Database Quick Links box.

After logging in with your GCTS ID, click the “Use selected databases” button if a list of databases appears. You are now ready to start searching by a search term.

Enter the search term “Zwingli” and click Search.

Refine your search by going to the left-side toolbar and selecting the following:

  • Full text
  • Publication Date: 2010-2019
  • Expand the Subject section and check to include “religious history.”

Record one electronic thesis from your search with a reference list entry following Turabian style. (Clearly label as “Search 9: Electronic Dissertation, Zwingli.”)

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