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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Welcome Candler Doctor of Ministry Students!

We are delighted to welcome two cohorts of Candler Doctor of Ministry students to campus and to Pitts this week! For all questions related to borrowing privileges for DMin students, visit our DMin FAQ page, which is filled with valuable information. You may also be interested in the details of printing at Pitts, or in speaking with a reference librarian. Please feel free to come by and ask us any questions you might have, we are here to help you as you navigate this new program!

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Fall Exhibition Coming Aug. 20th!

Pitts Theology Library is delighted to announce the title of our Fall 2018 exhibition, “Looking Back — Looking Forward: Reading the Reformation through the Lens of Contemporary Christianity,” curated by Dr. Armin Siedlecki! This exhibition will present books and documents from the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection to shed light on the original context of the Reformation and to invite discussion on how these documents can inform the issues and concerns of today. To learn more about the exhibition and to sign up for a tour, visit

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Summer Reads, vol. 9: Bo Adams

For our final summer reading post in this blog series, we spoke with Dr. Bo Adams, Director of the Pitts Theology Library and Candler’s Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography! Bo holds a doctorate in New Testament studies from Emory, but also has a background in computer science, an interest you can see in his second suggestion.

But before we get to the technology, Bo’s first suggestion is the critically acclaimed memoir of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanthi, entitled When Breath Becomes Air. At the age of 35, Dr. Kalanthi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, which promoted him to record his thoughts on life and death as he battled the disease. Tragically, Dr. Kalanthi died in March 2015, but his wife made sure this beautiful memoir was published. You won’t want to miss this moving examination of life and what makes life worth living.

Bo’s second suggestion is, in his words, “a very astute defense of ‘distant reading’ as a legitimate enterprise in the digital age.” Indeed, Bo highly recommends a short article, entitled, Sacred Reading: From Augustine to Digital Humanists, written by Chad Wellmon, a professor of German at the University of Virginia. According to Bo, this piece “traces the development of close reading in the west, spending time reflecting on the understanding of reading as a technical and/or transformative act in figures like Plato, Augustine, Hugh, and Petrarch.” While it may not be the best poolside reading, this article offers us the opportunity to think about why and how we read, which, as Bo says, isn’t a bad idea as we head into the new semester in a few short weeks!

Thank you for joining us throughout the summer—please don’t hesitate to stop by the reference desk or get in touch if you’d like any other reading suggestions!

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Come Work with us at Pitts!

We are excited to announce we’ve launched a search for a new position, a Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian. This librarian will build and enhance library software systems, work on digitization and digital access projects based on Pitts’ collections, and partner with students and faculty to develop new digital scholarship. This person will also work at times at the reference desk to support patrons’ research needs. Please follow this link ( ) for a full description and to apply. Contact Bo Adams (rmadams [at] emory [dot] edu ), Director of the Library, if you have any questions.

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Summer Reads, vol. 8: Joel LeMon

For our penultimate blog in this summer reading series, we spoke with Dr. Joel LeMon, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Associate Director of Emory’s the Graduate Division of Religion! Dr. LeMon is well known for his mentorship of doctoral students in Hebrew Bible and for his passionate teaching of Candler’s required Old Testament introductory course. He is also known for his sartorial choices (every day is a bow-tie day!).

Dr. LeMon’s recommendation follows in the footsteps of last week’s recommenders and takes the form of a podcast! On Script is a monthly podcast that addresses a wide array of current topics in biblical studies, featuring interviews with prominent scholars in the fields of Old and New Testament.

The podcast is hosted by four biblical studies scholars, including Matthew Lynch, a graduate of Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion and currently Dean of Studies at Westminster Theological Centre. You might particularly be interested in a recent interview the podcast team conducted with Candler’s own Carol Newsom, on the topic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and ecology, and even glass beads!

Dr. LeMon is too modest to recommend one of his own texts, but we would be remiss if we did not draw your attention to his 2015 edited volume Image, Text, Exegesis: Iconographic Interpretation and the Hebrew Bible. Much of Dr. LeMon’s work (here and elsewhere) argues for the value of using Ancient Near Eastern iconography as an aid to interpreting biblical texts, a methodology that continues to inform new generations of graduate students at Emory and Candler!

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