Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception is now available online in an e-book format through the Library's web site.  This is a research tool that provides the latest scholarship on the Bible and its reception history -- including the origins and development of the Bible in its different canonical forms in Judaism and Christianity as well as the many diverse religious, theological, aesthetic, and cultural contexts in which the Bible has been received and interpreted.

If you have any questions about use of this resource, please contact Christopher Rogers,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BibleWorks 10 Available in Library

BibleWorks 10 is now available on the Bechtold Library’s computers

It provides the tools for comprehensive original language exegesis of the biblical texts as well as many other research and reference aids for biblical studies. 

If you have questions about its use or accessibility, please contact Christopher Rogers,, or you can also visit

Monday, October 31, 2016

Two New Digital Resources on Interreligious Encounter and Global Catholicism

1)    Jan Phillips Database for Interreligious Encounter
An electronic database that focuses on the historical and contemporary encounters between and among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, including scholarship in comparative religions and theologies, hermeneutics, Qumran studies, Judaism/Islam/Christianity, prayer-spirituality-mysticism as well as guides for collaborative teaching.

2)  Journal of Global Catholicism
A new open access, international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed electronic journal that seeks an understanding of the diverse forms of lived Catholicism in global context.  The Fall 2016 inaugural edition focuses on the various expressions of Catholicism in religiously pluralistic India. 

Try-It! Illinois Trial Databases

Offers a wide variety of digital databases across many different fields of study, including theology and religious studies, from the leading publishers in electronic resources.  To access these trial databases, go to  For login access (username and password) -- or if you would like to provide any evaluative comments or recommendations on particular resources -- please contact Christopher Rogers,  Available through November 30.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Welcome to our new Electronic Services Librarian, Christopher Rogers. Stop in and see him for help with research topics, using the databases, instruction needs, and other questions you might have. He is eager to have more interaction--he's finding it a bit slow around here, so come in and give him some work!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trial for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online

The library currently has a trial for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. This reference work explores the current state of Biblical studies related to the formation of the canon in Judaism and Christianity, as well documenting the history of the Bible's reception within religious traditions and world cultures.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Additional Religion E-journals from Oxford University Press

The library has added a package of journals on religion from Oxford University Press. To see the complete list of ejournals available from Oxford University Press, check out the Oxford Journals list on the library's WorldCat A to Z list.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3rd Annual Theophilus Symposium and Journal Release Celebration

Theophilus: the Student Journal of the Catholic Theological Union will host its 3rd Annual Symposium on Tuesday, April 12th at 11:30am in the Atrium.This event features a presentation by the Paul Bechtold Library Faculty Choice Award winning author, as well as an exhibit of all of the student work published in this year’s edition of Theophilus, including peer-reviewed articles and commissioned columns. The journal release party will also unveil the 2016 cover, which will feature the artwork of a CTU student. Theophilus is an open-access journal published by the Catholic Theological Union through its Paul Bechtold Library.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Trial for Ebsco Full Text Finder

A trial for Ebsco's Full Text Finder is currently available. This service offers searching and browsing across many subject areas, including religion and theology. It includes all of the library's offerings from Ebsco, including ATLA Religion, as well as interdisciplinary resources such as Academic Search Complete. The trial is available through March 22nd.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

March 2nd Deadline for Art Show Sponsored by Theophilus Journal

CTU student artists are invited to submit pieces for the CTU Art Show by March 2nd. The March exhibition is sponsored by Theophilus: The Student Journal  of Catholic Theological Union. Artists may submit their work by emailing a photo of the work to, along with their name, a description of the work, the medium and the size. The winning art work will be featured on the cover of the 2016 issue of Theophilus, which will be unveiled at the journal release celebration on April 12th.

Theophilus is a student managed, reviewed, and edited Catholic journal of theology and pastoral ministry. It publishes peer-reviewed articles written by students of the Catholic Theological Union.Theophilus is an open-access journal published by the Catholic Theological Union through its Paul Bechtold Library.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Oxford Religion and Biblical Studies Resources Added to Library Collections

The library has added several Oxford online reference collections. These collections include:

Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Oxford Bibliographies - Biblical Studies
Oxford Handbooks - Religion

These reference collections include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and annotated bibliographies.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Chicago Manual of Style Workshops for February and March

This workshop will cover the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style: Documentation I System as used at CTU. We will review the CTU Writing Handbook for Chicago Manual of Style tips, the basic outline of key topics in the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Chicago Manual of Style Online. You may bring your lunch, and bring your laptop if you wish.

Dates: Wednesday, February 17th, noon-1pm
           Monday, February 22nd, noon-1pm
           Tuesday, March 1st, noon-1pm

Where: Room 504

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Zotero Workshop on February 23rd

Would you like to learn more about using Zotero to manage your citations and make bibliographies? This workshop will cover the basics of installing Zotero for Firefox, how to save citations to Zotero, and how to create citations in appropriate citation styles. You may bring your lunch, and bring your laptop if you wish; additional help will be available after the workshop if you need assistance in installing Zotero. Please install the Firefox browser on your laptop before attending the workshop.

When: Tuesday, February 23rd, noon-1pm
Where: Room 504