Weekly Workshops


Weekly workshops are sessions designed by Pitts librarians to help students, faculty, and community members learn the skills and tools of research. Each topic is taught twice per week. Both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are held in room 369, on the third floor of the library, unless otherwise noted. Lunch is available to the first ten people who register, but you are always welcome to attend without registering. If you have any questions about these workshops, please get in touch with a reference librarian!

Seminary Boot Camp (Aug. 29th and 30th)

Your first semester of seminary can be overwhelming—this workshop will help you organize and focus your efforts. We will discuss strategies for tackling class reading, taking notes, and finding resources for introductory classes. Let us help you produce your best work!

Click here to download the slides from this workshop.


Research 101 (Sept. 5th and 6th)

There are a number of resources at Pitts that can help streamline your preparation for writing assignments as well as tests. This workshop will explore ways to identify and then use these resources to save you time!

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Buying Books on a Budget (Sept. 12th and 13th)

Tuesday, Sept. 12th, or Wednesday, Sept. 13th, from 12-1.

Books are expensive! Especially theology textbooks! This workshop will introduce you to strategies for deciding what to buy, where to buy it, and how to find free/cheap alternatives to buying books. Construct a theology library on a $200 budget? Challenge accepted!

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Finding Resources (Sept. 19th and 20th)

Tuesday, Sept. 19th, or Wednesday, Sept. 20th, from 12-1.

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, articles, and hard-to-find sources.

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Methodist Resources (Sept. 26th and 27th)

Tuesday, Sept. 26th, or Wednesday, Sept. 27th, from 12-1. 

Calling all Candler UMC students: whether you are preparing a polity project or crafting paperwork for BOOM, Pitts has a number of resources that will be useful for your work. Pitts has you covered with everything from DCAs to the Wesley Bicentennial-- and this workshop will show you how to find all these resources with ease!

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Citation (Oct. 3rd and 4th)

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, or Wednesday, Oct.4th, from 12-1.

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). At the end, we will put what we’ve learned into practice through a citation race with prizes.

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Click here to download the handout from this workshop.


Zotero (Oct. 17th and 18th)

Tuesday, Oct. 17th, or Wednesday, Oct. 18th, from 12-1.

You need to be using Zotero. It will make your academic life much easier. We promise. This workshop will introduce you to the citation management tool Zotero (http://www.zotero.org), which many Candler students and faculty use to keep track of resources, take notes, and generate citations.


Worship Resources for Advent (Oct. 24th and 25th)

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, or Wednesday, Oct. 25th, from 12-1.

Prepare for the busy season of Advent by exploring key resources for Advent worship services. In this workshop, we will look at resources for worship planning, preaching, and the selection of images and music