Graduate Theological Union

Reference Desk

Reference Desk

Regular Hours:
Monday 10:00-4:00
Tuesday 10:00-8:00
Wednesday 10:00-8:00
Thursday 10:00-4:00
Friday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 1:00-7:00



  1. Locate a specific fact, or answer a specific question
  2. Find a particular book, journal, journal article, video, slide set, or audio tape
  3. Find materials on a particular topic
  4. Provide basic instruction on research skills such as finding journal articles, searching for books, or how to use Biblical reference tools
  5. Assist in using electronic research tools, such as the ATLA Religion Database
  6. Suggest additional avenues for researching a topic
  7. Submit interlibrary loan requests (Note: These may take 2 weeks or more. You will be contacted when the requested book or materials arrive.)
  8. Approve format and paper for thesis and dissertation. Request materials from Special Collections and Archives.

Searching the Library Databases:

  • 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.

Contact Us:

Telephone during scheduled hours: 510-649-2501
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