Bethel Seminary Library

Frequently Asked Questions

(Click on a question to read the answer.)
How To: Get help with the Library
How To: Ask a librarian a question
How To: Find an article
How To: Find a periodical or journal
How To: Find a book
How To: Access an electronic journal
How To: Renew materials online
How To: Request material currently checked out
How To: Request material from other libraries
How To: Write a research paper
How To: Access online subscription databases
How To: Add a printer on Bethel's network
How To: Reserve a study room
How To: Reserve audio-visual equipment
How To: Get help with Moodle
How To: Contact the Baptist General Conference History Center
When is the Library Open?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To: Get help with the Library

Assistance in the Library:
Please go to the circulation desk or reference desk and discuss your research topic with one of the librarians; they will provide helpful guidelines. Click here to schedule a reference appointment with a librarian.

Telephone Assistance
Please call to find out if the library has a particular book, magazine, journal, or newspaper, or for answers to simple reference questions.

  • St. Paul: 651-635-2337
  • San Diego: 619-325-5201
  • Seminary of the East: 612-812-4142

Online Assistance
Bethel Seminary librarians can assist with some research questions by email. Use the Ask the Librarian form and a librarian will contact you. He/she will provide you with an answer or with strategies for finding the answer to your question. You may also want to check the Research Help page

Librarians
Please feel free to contact the following librarians directly:

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How To: Ask a librarian a question

St. Paul: 651-635-2337 or 800-255-8706, ext. 2337
San Diego: 619-325-5201 or the St. Paul Reference Desk at  800-255-8706, ext. 2337
Seminary of the East: 612-812-4142 or the St. Paul Reference Desk at  800-255-8706, ext. 2337

By email: Ask the Librarian


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How To: Find an article

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How To: Find a periodical or journal


Journals/periodicals owned by the Seminary Library:

  • To find out if the library owns a specific journal title: check the journal list.
  • If the title is found in the print holdings, please pay attention to location and dates.
CLICnet Journal


Journals/periodicals not available in your Bethel Seminary Library location:

  • Please use ILLiad to request the item needed.

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How To: Find a book


Books owned by the Seminary Library:

To find out if the library owns a specific book, search WorldCat. When you find the book, check the Bethel Libraries holdings to see if it is available in the seminary library. Please pay attention to location, call # and status.

Books owned by another CLIC library:

If a book is available in another CLIC library, you may request it by clicking on the "Request Item" button. You must enter your name and 14-digit library barcode number. You will be notified when the item is available.

Books not available in a CLIC library:

If the book is not available in a CLIC library, click on the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" button to request it through ILLiad.

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How To: Access an electronic journal

See the journal list.

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How To: Renew materials online

Library material from CLIC libraries can be renewed online using the CLICnet catalog:

  • Choose the "Login" link located in the upper right corner of the CLICnet catalog
  • Enter your name and 14-digit barcode number (do not enter the "A" at either the beginning or the end)
  • Click the Submit button
  • Scroll down to see all items that you currently have checked out
  • Put a check in the renew box next to each title you want to renew and click the RENEW SELECTED button
  • If you have books due on more than one due date, we recommend choosing the RENEW ALL option
  • For each successful renewal, you will see the message RENEWED now due mmddyy

You may see these messages while viewing your circulation record

You can also renew by phone; please provide your ID and barcode numbers of all books you want renewed

  • St Paul: 651-638-6184
  • San Diego: 619-325-5201
  • Seminary of the East 612-812-4142

Library material requested through interlibrary loan (ILLiad) may be renewed. The renewal policy is determined by the lending library. Please ask for renewals before the due date.

  • Logon to ILLiad
  • Select the "Checked Out Items" option under the View section of the main menu.
  • Select the item you wish to renew and click on the "Renew Request" link.
  • You will be notified by email if the item has been renewed.

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How To: Request Material Currently Checked Out

If an item is currently checked out, you may click on the red "Request"checkmark in CLICnet to have it held for you when it is returned. You must enter your name and 14-digit library barcode number. You will be notified by email when the item is returned. Any item that has a request on it may not be renewed.

CLICnet book

How To: Request Material from Other Libraries

  • If a book or audio-visual item is available at a CLIC library, you may click on the "Request through CLICnet" button in WorldCat to request it. You must enter your name and 14-digit library barcode number. You will be notified by email when the item is available.
  • To request books not available in a CLIC library, click on the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" button in WorldCat to request it through ILLiad.
  • To request any journal articles, please use the appropriate ILLiad request form.

How To: Write a research paper

  • Analyze the research problem: Understand your assignment, determine what you know and what you need to know; get an overview of the subject; consider questions and ideas about possible topics. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are good places to start.
  • Narrow your topic: Develop possible one sentence research questions, choose one of the questions
  • Gather information: Collect and record information on your topic; locate books and audiovisual material owned by Bethel by searching WorldCat; decide which databases will be most appropriate for your topic. Record your sources in the bibliographic format required by Bethel Seminary (Turabian or APA)
  • Prepare to write: Analyze, critically interpret, evaluate, organize and synthesize your information, construct a thesis statement, weed out irrelevant information
  • Write: Think about the assignment, prepare an outline, write a rough draft, know your source and cite it, revise and proofread the work.

    See General Research and Writing Resources for more information.

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How to: Access restricted resources online

When you try to access a database from off-campus, you will get a message that you need to login with your Bethel Community Account username and password. You only need to do it once during a session no matter how many databases you use.

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How to: Add a printer on Bethel's network

Bethel University uses a system called PaperCut NG to allow and account for printing on our networked printers. The following articles contains instructions, information and links for Bethel employees and students who want to print on Bethel's network.

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How to: Reserve a study room

St. Paul
There are two rooms available for group study. The rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis unless they are reserved. Click here for more information.

A limited number of individual study carrels are located in the library. These may be reserved for a 4-month period by individuals officially affiliated with the Bethel community, faculty on sabbatical, Ph.D. students, and adjunct faculty. Generally, master’s students will not be given a carrel without some other mitigating circumstance. Contact the Reference Librarian for more information.


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How to : Reserve audio-visual equipment

The library has VCR/DVD players for use in viewing videos in the library. Ask a librarian about access and availability. Cassette players and headphones are available at the circulation desk. These may be used for listening to cassette tapes and CDs in the library. (St. Paul and San Diego)

The St. Paul Library has some equipment available for check-out to Bethel students, faculty and staff. Click here for a list of available equipment.

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How to: Get help with Moodle

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How to: Contact the Baptist General Conference History Center

To request information, please fill out the appropriate request form: on campus request or off campus request. For more information, visit the Baptist General Conference History Center website.

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When is the library open?

Click on the "Hours" link on the side menu. This information is displayed there for St. Paul, San Diego, and Seminary of the East.

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