Reformation Day at Emory: Thursday, October 25th

Thursday, October 25th, will be the 31st annual Reformation Day at Emory. This annual day of exhibitions, worship, and academic conversation celebrates the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at Pitts, the nation’s premier collection of materials related to the Lutheran reformation. We invite you to join us as we consider “The Reformation at 501 Years,” asking how the conversations of the 16th century are relevant to the challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary church and contemporary theologians. For a full run-down of the day, to read about our speakers, and to register, please visit We hope you will join us for this great tradition at Emory.

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Keeping Up with Pitts!

Did you know you could get weekly updates about workshops, events, exhibits, and new resources at Pitts? We send out a concise email every Monday called the Pitts Prospectus, which will keep you in the loop for all things Pitts. You can sign up to receive the Prospectus emails at— you can opt out at any time, but we promise not to get boring!

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Pitts Closed for Fall Break

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday, October 6th, and Sunday, October 7th, for Fall Break. Pitts will also be on shortened hours (7:30am-5:00pm) on Monday, October 8th. For all Pitts hours, visit Happy Fall Break!

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Zotero Workshops This Week!

Are you interested in making your research world a little more organized? Do you want to keep track of your research more systematically? Do you wish to avoid the rush of having to generate bibliographies at the end of a research project? Zotero is a citation management tool that can, in the words of one researcher, “change your life.”

This week on Tuesday and Wednesday at noon, our reference librarians will run two workshops on Zotero. One will introduce you to this tool and show you how to keep track of everything you are reading.  The second is for advanced users of Zotero, and will provide a space for troubleshooting specific issues you’ve encountered!

Visit to sign up for the workshop, bring your laptop with you, and be prepared to become a much more efficient researcher and writer! For a preview, visit our research guide on Zotero (

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Save Time, Use Research Guides!

Did you know that Pitts Theology Library creates guides to save you time and help you with your research? These “guides” are web pages that contain suggested resources for researching a particular topic. Each guide includes general resources and a more focused bibliography, so they are useful for beginners as well as more advanced researchers.

There are guides for almost any topic, particularly the introductory Candler courses this semester: History of Christianity, Old Testament and New Testament, Systematic Theology, and our overview guide, Theological Research for Beginners.

You can search for guides on topics of interest by clicking on the Research Guides link on the left hand side of the Pitts homepage.

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Resource Spotlight: Oxford Bibliographies

Have you ever had to do a project or assignment on a new topic or one you know very little about? Are you looking for introductory online resources apart from Wikipedia? Emory Library systems, including Pitts Theology Library, provides an easy to use resource for learning about a new field or topic! Oxford Bibliographies Online provides expansive, annotated bibliographies, written by leading scholars, on almost every subject under the sun. The bibliographies contain an overview of the subject and highlight the most important books, monographs, articles, and essays on the topic before proceeding to more specific bibliographies.

Just search “Oxford Bibliographies” on the Emory Databases page to find a list of the major fields covered from Biblical Studies to Hinduism to Philosophy. Once you find the field you want – say Biblical Studies – you can do a quick alphabetical search for the figure, book, or topic you have in mind. You can navigate through the bibliography using the “In This Article” box on the left-hand side of the page. Once you find a helpful book or article, simply copy and paste it into DiscoverE to find it in the Emory catalogue.  Each entry also lists suggested related articles, so that if you are browsing the bibliography on the Book of Genesis, topics like Adam and Eve and the Pentateuch are only one click away.

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Register for an Exhibition Tour

Have you visited our newest exhibition “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reading the Reformation through the Lens of Contemporary Christianity”? This is a beautiful examination of how the conversations that contemporary Christians are having might be informed by the treasures of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. We invite you to schedule a docent-led tour of the gallery. Tours are available for individuals or groups, and you can register by visiting Come learn with us!

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Weekly Workshops Begin Next Week!

Join us for Weekly Workshops (with free lunch for the first 10 registrants) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:50 pm. We will be exploring a range of topics this term – everything from research at Pitts to the citation management software Zotero and exegesis! Learn more and sign up at

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Pitts Closed for Labor Day

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday, September 1st, through Monday, September 3rd, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. For all Pitts hours, visit Happy Labor Day!

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Welcome, Candler Class of 2021!

We are so excited to see all the new faces on campus for Orientation! Although there will be much to see and do this week, we would love to see you in the Pitts Theology Library, located on the second floor of the Candler (Rita Anne Rollins) building. Come by for a tour ( and scavenger hunt to learn more about our superb spaces, resources, and staff. If you can’t make it to a tour, explore our building virtually ( or stop by to explore any time the library is open ( If you have an Emory Card, you can swipe it at the turnstile. If you don’t have your ID yet, you can sign in at the visitor computer inside the entrance. Don’t hesitate to ask Pitts staff if you have questions, we can’t wait to introduce you to library!

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