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User Education


Each semester the Library offers to its users training sessions regarding catalogues, journals and electronic resources. Upon contacting the Management, the Library is also available to arrange targeted meetings.

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 the courses in order to follow the lessons in the best possible way.

For a first approach to the Library, a Small Biblioteconomic 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 OPAC (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:

  • How to search a periodical in the Library catalogue
  • How to read a periodical bibliographic record
  • The Full Text Finder search engine for the electronic periodicals
  • The periodical classification system
  • The periodical location and maps
  • The ACNP catalogue to find out the latest printed issues arrived in the Library
  • The list of periodicals at binding to find out issues temporally not available in the Library
  • The Document Delivery Service
  • The DigiPoint platform of Library electronic resources
  • Remote access to electronic resources

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, electronic lexicons, dictionaries, and encyclopedias
  • Databases on sources: use and functions of Mirabile, Patrologia Latina, Acta Sanctorum, Library of Latin Texts, BibleWorks, and Responsa Project, illustration of electronic collections of canon law, ecclesial documents, and opera omnia of an author

 Short descriptions (in Italian) of the Bibliographic and Full Text Databases and Databases on sources of the Library of the Pontifical Gregorian University are available.




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

  • function and role of the citation in academic communication
  • introduction to the Reference Manager Software: what they are, what they are for
  • Zotero: the project, the program, the installation, the components, the styles available
  • acquisition of the bibliography from the web (eg OPAC of the Gregorian and other 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 the notes and preparation of the final bibliography according to the rules adopted by the Gregorian University (see Typographical rules for the composition of texts with the computer by Roland Meynet and Jacek Oniszczuk, Rome: Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2013)
  • 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 and 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.





   User Education Schedule (II Semester A.Y. 2018-2019)


 The Catalogue

Monday, March 4th (theoretical session) Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday March 6th (practical session) Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.


 Periodicals and DigiPoint

Monday, March 11th, Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.



Monday, March 18th (basic course) Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20th (databases on sources) Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.



Thursday, March 28th (theoretical session), Room C 008, 13:30-14:45 p.m.

Friday, March 29th (practical session), Room C 008, 13:30-14:45 p.m.




In order to participate, you have to complete a booking form.