With the fall semester in full swing, Pitts Theology Library offers a fresh lineup of workshops for Candler students and the Emory community. Known as “Weekly Workshops,” the one-hour presentations by library staff members will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays Room 250 of the Rita Anne Rollins Building (unless otherwise noted) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on a variety of topics meant to help students, faculty, and community members learn the skills and tools of research.

While registration for Pitts’ Weekly Workshops is not required, it is encouraged. Lunch is provided for the first ten people who register. Learn more and register for workshops.

A list of workshop titles, dates, and descriptions is below.

Research 101
Tuesday, September 11
Wednesday, September 12

There are a number of resources at Pitts that can help streamline your preparation for tests and papers. This workshop will explore ways to identify and then use these resources to save time. Let us help you produce your best work!

Decoding Databases
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 19

During your time at Candler, you will write close to 100 papers. This workshop will help you to save time and carry out your research with greater ease. We will explore strategies for finding and evaluating reference works, books, and articles in two core databases: the DiscoverE library catalogue and ATLA.

The Great Citation Race
Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26

Citation is central to academic writing, but can be tedious. In this workshop, we will look at how to cite in Chicago style (with reference to the Turabian and SBL styles) and put what we learn into practice.

Tuesday, October 2: Introduction to Zotero (workshop in Pitts Room 368)

This workshop will introduce you to the citation management tool Zotero, which many Candler students and faculty use to keep track of resources, take notes, and generate citations. This workshop is appropriate if you have not yet used Zotero, or need a refresher in the basic features.

Wednesday, October 3: Advanced Zotero Use and Troubleshooting (workshop in Pitts Room 369)

Have you downloaded Zotero, dabbled a bit, but still aren’t sure if you’re using this tool to its fullest potential? Do you have specific questions about multiple languages, varied citation styles, and glitches? This advanced Zotero workshop will present a few Zotero tips to begin and then will be an open floor for trouble-shooting. Used well, Zotero can help you track, manage, and preserve all your academic work—all the way from seminar papers to dissertations!

Beyond ATLA: Research in Primary and Quantitative Sources
Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17

This workshop will teach you how to find and use non-theology sources, especially primary sources for history projects and quantitative-heavy sources for ethics or pastoral care projects.

Organizing Your Ideas: How to Write a Persuasive Argument
Tuesday, October 23
Wednesday, October 24

This workshop will help you organize yourself, integrating the research you’ve done with your own thoughts in a way that is persuasive and strategic. You’ll leave with some concrete plans on how to make a convincing argument in your next history, ethics, or pastoral care paper.

Introduction to Exegetical/Biblical Resources
Tuesday, October 30
Wednesday, October 31

This session will introduce you to the biblical studies resources in the Reference collection. You can use these works to prep for exams and sermons, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter the second semester exegesis courses with firm footing.

Learn more about how Pitts Theology Library can help you as a Candler student and as an alumnus.