User Education

Each semester the Library offers to its users training sessions regarding catalogues, journals, electronic resources, and the Zotero software. Upon contacting the Management, it is also possible to arrange targeted meetings to support the study and research.
At the beginning of the Academic Year the Library releases a report on the participants' satisfaction of the training courses.

Participants are invited to bring a laptop to all courses in order to follow the lessons in the best possible way.
For a first approach to the Library, a Small Library Dictionary (in Italian) is also available.

The Catalogue

The course consists of two sessions, one theoretical and one practical, on the following topics:

  • Description of a bibliographical record
  • Introduction of the classification systems of monographs and periodicals
  • Description of the different search modes using the catalogue (simple, index and advanced)
  • Research using other catalogues belonging to the URBE Network (Roman Union Ecclesiastical Libraries)

Here are available the slides (in Italian) on the Catalogue used during the course.

Periodicals and DigiPoint

The course includes a session on the following topics:

Here are available the slides (in Italian) on Periodicals and DigiPoint used during the course.


The course includes two sessions on how to use different databases:

  • Basic course: terminology, Boolean operators, bibliographic and full text databases, comparing database contents and use
  • Databases on sources: use and functions of Mirabile, Patrologia Latina, Acta Sanctorum, Library of Latin Texts, BibleWorks, and Responsa Project, brief illustration of other electronic resources available

Short descriptions (in Italian) of the Library Bibliographic and Full Text Databases and other electronic resources are available.


The course consists of two sessions, one theoretical and one practical, on the following topics:

  • Function and role of citation in academic communication
  • Introduction to Reference Manager Softwares (RMSs): what they are, what they are for
  • Zotero: the project, the program, how to install it, the components, styles available
  • Acquisition of the bibliography from the web (eg the Library catalogue and other catalogues and databases) and manual insertion of bibliographic records
  • Bibliography management: annotations, notes, tags, links between records, attachments, synchronization, searches, management of a shared bibliography
  • Citation style setting: search, installation, modification of the style in Word, use of the bibliography for notes and preparation of the final bibliography according to the rules adopted by the Pontifical Gregorian University (see Norme tipografiche per la composizione dei testi con il computer di Roland Meynet e Jacek Oniszczuk, Roma: Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2014)
  • How to quote in Word: single, multiple, with prefixes and suffixes; complex notes
  • Synchronization with the Zotero site/profile
  • Using the same file on multiple computers (Windows e Mac)

The Library has prepared a tutorial for the software installation (in Italian), to guide users in preparation for the practical exercise scheduled for the second day. The slides presenting the Zotero software used during the course are also available.