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Distance Learners: Theology & Ministry Research: Guides & Tutorials

The purpose of this guide is to guide distance learners in the use of the library resources and services, particularly those that pertain to theological research.

Video Tutorials

How to Find Books and ebooks

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ORU Library 2020 2:26

FindingArticles in Periodicals

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ORU Library, 2020, 4:59
How to Find and Use Ebooks
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How to Find Books & ebooks: Advanced Search Tips
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ORU Library, 2020, 4:56

Need some research help? Check out these Research Guides:

Citation/Document Management

The next time you use anEBSCOhost database, create your own personalaccountby clicking "Sign in," and then "Create your own account." Be sure to keep track of the user name and password you select. After that, all you have to do to access anything you've saved to your personalfolder is to sign in from anyEBSCOhostdatabase or from EagleSearch.To save citations to your EBSCOhost folder, click the title of the item and then the folder icon in that record.

My EBSCOhost FolderTutorial

Go to Ebook Central and the "sign-in" link in the upper right menu, and sign in using your ORU Network user name and password to set up and access your personal Ebook Central bookshelf. .

in the upper, right-hand corner of the ProQuest dissertation database, click the icon of a person and "Sign into My Research." First-time users may create an account here. Thereafter, sign in as an existing user.

to add a citation of an item in a database to the bibliography of your research project, click the "cite" link or icon provided, select the desired citation style, and copy and paste the citation into the document. Please note: all machine-generated citations need to be carefully proofread and corrected to conform to style manual guidelines.

EBSCOhost Cite IconHow Do I Cite This? Link in Library Catalog

Download the PDF of a journal article, give it a file name that includes the author's last name and the first few words of the article title, then save to one of a set of folders in the cloud and/or on your laptop hard drive that is arranged by the chapter or section of the research project to which it relates.

Formatting Graduate Theology Papers

NOTE: if you have difficulty applying the following tutorials to a written paper, consider creating a separate blank, formatted document based on these instructions. Save it as a blank template naming it something like BLANK_FORMATTED_TEMPLATE somewhere you can easily find it. Then copy and paste in each part of your written paper into the appropriate section. Then save your formatted paper with a new name; that is, don't save as your blank template.

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formatting papers on a PC (running Windows OS):

formatting papers on a MAC: