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Library search box

As you begin to type in the OneSearch box, you can choose from several options in the dropdown menu that appears.  On the Advanced Search form, these options appear as radio buttons across the top.

  • Everything: This default search combines materials from the Learning Commons Catalog and most databases. For users seeking in-depth results from particular databases, please visit the A-Z Databases list. 
  • Learning Commons Catalog: Everything in the Learning Commons physical and electronic collections that we own (books, e-books, journals and periodicals, media, etc.).   
  • Articles: Search for journal, magazine and newspaper articles within our electronic collections.
  • Course Reserves: Materials currently on reserve for courses at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Users can search by keyword, course number, or instructor name.
  • All I-Share Libraries: Most of the resources (books, journals and periodicals, media, music, maps, etc.) available to the Chicago Theological Seminary users through CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois). 
  • WorldCat: All of the resources (books, e-books, journals and periodicals, media, music, maps, etc.) that are discoverable around the world through WorldCat.

You can sign into your library account with your CTS Single Sign-On credentials (i.e. CTS email username and password).

When you sign into your account you can do the following:

  • Save items to your favorites
  • View your search history
  • Save search keywords and terms
  • Set up e-mail alerts for new items that meet your saved search criteria
  • Place digitization requests from within an item record
  • Request books to be mailed to your home from within an item record
  • Place holds on books
  • Renew books you have checked-out

If you are connecting off-campus, some results may also be hidden from your view unless you first sign in.

1. Click "Sign in"  in the upper right corner of any OneSearch page.

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2. You can also sign-in within an item record:

within item record


3. You can save specific search results to your Favorites file and/or save your search query

Save Query and Save to Favorites


4. You can access your library account information by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of the screen.

  • My Loans will show you all of the materials you have checked out. You can see when items are due, and if they are renewable, you can renew each item with one click!. 
  • My Requests will show you your pending book mailing or digitization requests, as well as hold shelf requests. 

My favorites and search history location


5My Favorites is where you can find any items or searches you have saved using the pin feature. You can also find your search history here.