Theological Seminary Studies: How-To Videos

Online Resources During COVID-19

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The brand-new series of library instruction modules, "From Books to Bytes: Navigating the Research Ecosystem," is a set of online resources that define the research cycle, provide students with practical strategies, and guide students through the vast resources available to them at Columbia. The primary audience for this series is Columbia-affiliated students. The series is made up of six modules that consist of an informational video and several handouts that contain strategies, exercises, and worksheets, all designed with pedagogy and accessibility in mind.

VIDEO: "5 Easy Ways to Get Started at the Libraries [During COVID-19]" (5 minutes)

VIDEO: What is CLIO? (3 minutes)

Created by IMATS @ Barnard College (2016)

VIDEO: "Getting Your Bearings" Using the Library in Fall 2020 (18 minutes)


This video focuses on new services and how to access library materials, both online and remotely, in the wake of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Edited and abridged from a recorded virtual session with participants in September, 2020.)

  • Library Status Updates / What's New
  • Scan & Pick-Up Service
  • Changes to Course Readings
  • E-Books & Online Resources in CLIO
  • Requesting Materials & PDFs from Other Libraries
  • Getting Support from Librarians


VIDEO: Research Skills Workshop and Activities (24 minutes)

Follow Along:

Use the documents and activities below during the Research Skills Workshop video


This interactive workshop models a research process from start to finish, including hands-on activities. (Edited and abridged from a recorded live in-person workshop held at Union Theological Seminary in November of 2019 with C. Bratnober, Public Services Librarian at the Burke Library).

  • Scholarship as a conversation among researchers
  • Different types of information sources
  • Using CLIO to find books and more
  • Getting background information using reference materials
  • Tracking a scholarly conversation and finding journal articles
  • Identifying primary sources and archival collections
  • Citing and managing your sources


VIDEO: Zotero Workshop (12 minutes)

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Use the document below to view instructions and links related to the activities shown in the Zotero Workshop video

VIDEO: Atla Religion Database Workshop (15 minutes)

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Use the "Atla Handout" document below to follow along with the Atla Religion Database Workshop video:



This workshop video shows how to use various functions of the Atla Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus, as accessible to current students, faculty, staff, and alums of Union Theological Seminary and Columbia. (Edited and abridged from a recorded remote workshop held in March of 2021 with C. Bratnober, Public Services Librarian at the Burke Library). Includes the following topics:

  • How to find the Atla Religion Database
  • Getting help from library staff via "Ask A Librarian"
  • Using the Search tool and filtering by Date, Format, Language, Subject, etc.
  • AND/OR/NOT and their strategic uses in search strings
  • Tips on using the asterisk* and quotation marks in searches
  • Finding and subscribing to journals with the Publications tool
  • Using the Scriptures tool to find materials about Biblical passages
  • Accessing full-text materials via Atla and Interlibrary Loan
  • Using the "CLIO Articles" tool to access specific known articles



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