New in the Learning Commons

Welcome to a new academic year at CTS!

To our new and returning students, please take the time to review the Getting Started Guide for help navigating the Learning Commons. Quick highlights include the following:

Course Reserves

The Learning Commons carries a copy of all of the required and recommended texts for each course on the reserve shelf behind the circulation desk. You can consult the course reserve list for each online or on-campus course. When available, ebook formats will be listed for each course as well. To access physical course reserve books, please ask staff at the circulation desk.


Students will have $25.00 deposited to their account for printing each semester. To access those funds, students will need to log into their accounts on the computer workstations in the Learning Commons.  Patrons must pay for all printed pages, including errors. Printing costs $0.10 per side of the page, i.e. a double-sided printout on a single sheet is still $0.20.

Research Help

If you need help researching a topic or finding materials, feel free to contact the library at

Login Tracker

Please refer to the Login Tracker flyer to help you with all of the various logins at CTS.

Newly Added Databases

The Learning Commons now how access to the following databases to help guide your research.  Off-campus users will be required to authenticate using their CTS email username and password.

      • LGBT Life with Full Text from EBSCO

LGBT Life with Full Text is the definitive database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.

Articles in this database can be found through Discovery Search or you can access this database directly through the A-Z Databases list.

      • Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers features thousands of critical biographical entries on individuals who have contributed to the history of thought and philosophy. Discover a global history that covers a broad range of traditions, subjects, schools of thought, and regions. This databse is especially helpful for students enrolled in the History of Christian Thought or Constructive Theology course.

Articles in this database can be found through Discovery Search or you can access this database directly through the A-Z Databases list.

      • De Gruyter Encyclopedia of Christian-Jewish Relations (launching later this fall)

The Encyclopedia of Christian-Jewish Relations covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to theological concepts (e.g., Christology, Excommunication) spiritual and religious practices (e.g., Prayer, Blessing), ritual (Circumcision, Baptism, Dietary Laws), geographic topics (Ashkenaz, Middle East), denominational concepts (Karaites, Reform Judaism) and political and historical issues (Zionism, Antisemitism). The arts play a role as well, looking at medieval depictions of the ‘Jews’ sow’ or typologies such as ‘Synagogae/Ecclesia’ depictions or the ‘wise and the foolish virgins’.

The essays are written specifically from the perspectives of Jewish-Christian relations.

Access this resource directly through the A-Z Databases list.

      • Brill Qur’anic Studies Online

Qur’anic Studies Online from Brill provides access to the following resources:

        • Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online: an encyclopaedic dictionary of Qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within Qur’ānic studies.
        • Early Western Korans Online is a collection of 62 Korans printed in Arabic type in several Western European cities between 1537 and 1857.
        • Qurʾān Concordance is a unique finding aid which allows users to identify and localize text fragments, or even snippets, of the Qurʾān.
        • Dictionary of Qurʾānic Usage is a fully-researched and contextualized Arabic-English dictionary of Qur’anic usage, compiled in accordance with modern lexicographical methods by scholars who have a lifelong immersion in Qur’anic Studies.

Access this database directly through the A-Z Databases list.

      • Brill Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures

The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present. The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a groundbreaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world.

Access this database directly through the A-Z Databases list.