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Ryan Vasut on Using Evernote for Library Research

Ryan Vasut has a helpful post on how to organize your library research in Evernote. I’ve always struggled with a systematic way of organizing what I’m researching, what I need to check out at the library, and what books I need to look at. Too often I get scattered in various places and then try to bring it all together.

He has six notes labeled:

  1. Research log
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Sources to find
  4. Request(ed) books
  5. Books to pick up
  6. Things to read

This system may not work for everyone but it is a helpful way to get started and thinking about your own workflow.

Check it out here.

While your at it also take a look at his introduction to Zotero.

Check out the SBTS Library and the Fall 2014 Workshops

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One of the most valuable things that I have done at seminary is go to some of the workshops at the SBTS Library and to seek guidance from the Research Experts. This short time spent at the library has proven valuable in a couple different ways:

  1. I am able to research better and more efficiently. This is two-fold. My research is better because I now know what the quality resources are and how to use them. This leads directly into the second aspect: efficiency. Instead of spending countless hours walking in the dark when it comes to research I now can turn on the light and go directly to the resources that will help me most.
  2. Knowing the layout of the library. I now know where to find certain resources instead of aimlessly wandering the aisles of the library.
  3. The research experts at the library help provide pointed direction to both general and obscure questions. Instead of helplessly searching Google to find a resource or how to do a specific search I can just ask them.
  4. Introduction to Zotero. If you’re not using Zotero or some other bibliography reference software, well, I just feel bad for you.[1]

With this being said, the library is offering several workshops to help your time at seminary. So if at the end of the semester you are drowning in the peripherals (footnotes, citations, resources, etc) of actually writing the paper that is due in a week you will be editing and reviewing your writing, which will in turn result in a better paper and a higher grade.

Workshops Offered in Fall 2014

Helpful Links

  • SBTS Manual of Style – A link to the latest style guide. This has recently had a makeover. It is much easier to read and find what you are looking for. They have also included templates for Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org, and Mellel.[2]
  • Lib Guides – Put together by the research experts at the library this provides helpful resources for all areas of theological study (OT Exegesis, NT Greek Exegesis, OT Resources, Commentary Survey, Systematic Theology, etc..)
  • Research Help – Allows you to quickly contact someone in the library to ask a question via a text message or email.

  1. Check out Ryan Vasut’s (assistant librarian) excellent post on getting started with Zotero (Link)  ↩

  2. If you are unsure about how to use templates be sure to check out their helpful videos too.  ↩

Summer Reading List from the SBTS Library

The library at Southern Seminary has put together a helpful “summer reading list” that is broken down into several categories:

  1. Old Testament/Biblical Students (Brian Davidson)
  2. New Testament/Interpretation (Ryan Vasut)
  3. New Testament II (Michael Graham)
  4. Theology (Kevin Hall)
  5. Early Christian Literature (Shawn Wilhite)
  6. Evangelism (Jeff Strickland)
  7. Church History (Ivan Mesa)
  8. Worship (Chris Wells)
  9. Fiction (Ivan Mesa)
  10. Fiction II (Ryan Vasut)

Regarding the list they say:

As you consider these titles, there are a few things to note. None of these lists are created for particular classes, nor will you receive any consolation prize for reading them all. Also, these are not ‘top 10’ lists or in a particular order. Finally, no list necessarily reflects the doctrinal stance of Southern Seminary or the person who submitted it. These are merely works we have found to be intellectually stimulating for academic and personal growth.

Download the PDF of the list.

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SBTS Didache Reading Group

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SBTS Library Research Expert[1], Shawn Wilhite[2], has put together a 5-week reading group to go through the Greek text of the Didache.[3] The Didache is not an overly difficult book to read and Shawn will provide an overview of the Didache and some vocabulary help. I am extremely excited to see the library doing this and I hope they continue it in the future.

Dates: May 28-June 25, Tusdays 10:00–11:30 am (Halderman Room)

RSVP: swilhite@sbts.edu

Didache Reading List
Date Reference
May 28 Did. 1:1–2:7
June 04 Did. 3:1–5:2
June 11 Did. 6:1–9:5
June 18 Did. 10:1–13:7
June 25 Did. 14:1–16:8


  1. @BoyceLibExperts  ↩

  2. @shawnwilhite  ↩

  3. Check out this helpful blog series on the Didache by Rick Brannan  ↩