Graduate Theological Union

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Guides and Tutorials

Contact a librarian for help:
Phone: 510-649-2501
Or visit us!

NEW: Pilot program: online virtual reference appointments. We can meet with you online, by appointment. No software installation is necessary, you will need a headphone or speakers and will be able to meet with the librarian in your browser window. Please use this form to set an appointment.

Savvy Researcher Series Video Tutorials

Using WorldCat

Getting started with Article Research: ATLA religion database


Text-based Guides

  • Finding books through GRACE
    Graduate-level research  requires more than basic searching.  Learn how to use GRACE, the GTU library’s online catalog, to find books and other resources.  You can create your own account.
  • How to Use the ATLA/JSTOR Databases
    Getting full use of our online journal databases requires patience and skill.   Learn how to access and deliver full-text articles using ATLA/JSTOR.
  • 360 Search / 360 Link / e-Journal Portal
    360 Search is a broad-based federated search engine, to be used in the later stages of your search for articles.  360 Link takes you to multiple databases to find your full-text article.  The e-journal portal page tells you whether we have a particular journal in our databases and provides you with a link to get there.
  • How to conduct a good search
    Conducting a good search is often challenging.  This page offers suggestions for how you might go about finding the books and journal articles you need.


Workshops and Orientations

With just a small investment of time, you too can become a super user! Each semester the library offers workshops on a variety of basic and special topics. 

Upcoming Workshops: 

In-Person workshop: Tuesday Oct. 6th at 2pm in the library teaching lab. No registration required. Bring your own computer, or use one of ours.

In-Person workshop: Wednesday Oct. 7th at 6pm in the library teaching lab. No registration required. Bring your own computer, or use one of ours.

Online Workshop: Friday Oct. 9th at 10am To register for the online workshop please send an email to We will email you the directions to connect. There is no software to install, but you will need headphones or speakers to listen in. 


The workshop will last about an hour. We will spend half the time with advanced journal searching in ATLA Religion Database and the rest will be open to demonstrations and questions about resources such as GRACE, WorldCat, and anything else.

If you would like one-on-one in depth help, please contact the reference desk. We can also meet with you one-on-one online. 


Upcoming New Student Orienations:

Library Orientation: Make-up session

If you missed the sessions during Orientation Week, we are offering two more times. Open to all GTU students, faculty, or staff.

Thursday Sept. 17th at 10am


Tuesday Sept. 22nd at 2pm

Orientation is about an hour and will begin in the library teaching lab. No RSVP required.