Locating Items, Guide & Helps

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Guides & Helps

Here are some PDFs that will assist you in using databases and electronic resources.  Students will need to contact the main circulation desk for URLs and passkeys to access the databases from off-campus.  Also, here are some guides in finding appropriate print resources in the main campus reference room.  The guides are only that and not intended to be a comprehensive/exhaustive resource in and of themselves.  Please note that the print resources are mainly reference items and therefore do not circulate.

Databases and Electronic Resources

  E-books 
  Using EBSCOhost effectively
EBSCOHost user guide
Finding dissertations and projects in the NOBTS libraries
Downloading documents from TREN
Downloading documents from ProQuest

Print Reference Resources

General Research
Commentaries (devotional, homiletical, critical)
N.T. & Greek resources
O.T. & Hebrew resources
Theological resources
Missions resources (global and urban)
Islamic resources
General religious/theological encyclopedias and dictionaries

Locating items in the NOBTS main campus libraries

It is important when finding resources via the online catalog to also be aware of how to locate the physical items on the shelves. When you search for items in the online catalog there are four things to look at closely:

  1. Location - indicates which campus the item is located at.
  2. Collection - indicates which library, area or 'group' the item is in.
  3. Call Number - unique group of letters and numbers that identifies an item.
  4. Status - indicates whether the item is available (checked-in/out, missing, etc.).

Physical location

First Floor

Second Floor

  • Book stacks : A - BT
  • Oversized Materials
  • Periodicals
  • Microforms & Microform reader
  • Course Reserves
  • Reference
  • Curriculum Lab

NOBTS LC Shelves (abbreviated schedule)

  • B - Philosophy
  • BF - Psychology (developmental)
  • BJ - Ethics
  • BL - Religion (general)
  • BM - Judaism
  • BP - Islam
  • BR - Christian History
  • BS - Biblical Studies
  • BT - Theology 
  • Book stacks : BV - Z
  • Martin Music Library
  • Closed Stacks (see circ. desk for access)
  • Media Collection (see circ. desk for access)
  • Archives & Rare collections (restricted access)

NOBTS LC Shelves (abbreviated schedule)

  • BV - Pastoral Ministries, Missions, Christian Ed.
  • BX - Denominations / Sects
  • D, E, F - History
  • G - Geography
  • H - Social Sciences
  • L - Education
  • M, ML, MT - Music
  • P - Languages
  • R - Psychology (treatment) / Medicine