Spring Semester Updates

Welcome to a new semester at CTS!

The course reserve readings for the Spring semester are ready and can be accessed via the Learning Commons Catalog. Over 70% of course readings are available as ebooks, so please consult the course listings.

You can click on the course reserve icon on the Learning Commons homepage in order to access the course reserve module for each class. Here is the direct link to the Learning Commons course reserves for your reference: https://cts.kohalibrary.com/app/course-reserves


Getting Help

As always, the Learning Commons is a key partner in your journey at CTS. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessing materials or finding information for your research, feel free to reach out as follows:

  1. LiveChat – Reach out to library staff in real-time using the red LiveChat widget on the Learning Commons website. Library staff are available during the following hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. You can still submit your questions after-hours via the LiveChat widget.
  2. A 1:1 reference consultation can be arranged by appointment via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Evening hours are available. You can schedule a Zoom or Microsoft Teams session with the librarian using the Calendly app.  A link to the appointment will be automatically emailed to you.
  3. Email – Send your research request via email to [email protected].
  4. Call the Learning Commons during our office hours at 773-896-2450.


Online Library Workshops

Streamline your research process and register for any of the various online research workshops in the Learning Commons.


Search Smarter I (Online) (Feb. 4 @7 pm)

This online, hands-on workshop will go through the basics of using EBSCO Discovery Search a powerful search tool to find information across all of the databases in the Learning Commons. Come with your questions.

Here’s the Zoom link for the workshop:



Search Smarter II (Online) (Feb. 11 @ 7pm)

This hands-on, online workshop will go over how to work with subject headings and controlled vocabularies in order to get better search results. You do not need to have taken Search Smarter I in order to take this workshop.

Here’s the Zoom link for the workshop:



Tools for Biblical Research (Feb. 18 @ 7pm)

There are a countless Bible commentaries and biblical study resources to choose from. This webinar will explore some of the factors to consider when looking at any given commentary or resource. Students will also learn about Atla database tools they can use to find journal articles on specific biblical passages. This workshop will equip students to use key available resources for Bible research and study in the Learning Commons.

Here’s the Zoom link for the workshop:



Citation Workshop (Feb. 25 @ 7pm)

This online workshop will go over how to use NoodleTools, a powerful citation management tool available to you in the Learning Commons. Learn how to create an account, keep track of your sources, create footnotes, generate a bibliography and more.

This tool is available to students, faculty and staff.

Here’s the Zoom link for the workshop:



Drop-In Research Clinic (March 11, 18, 25 @ 7pm)

Sharpen your research skills to produce stellar papers. Get your specific database, reference manager, and general research questions answered. In this drop-in session, the librarian will be on-hand to offer personalized support for your research.

Here’s the Zoom link for the session: