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User Education


Each semester the Library offers to its users training sessions regarding catalogues, journals and electronic resources. At the beginning of the Academic Year the Library releases a report on the participants satisfaction of the training courses.



   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)


  Periodicals and Electronic Resources

The course includes a session on the following topics:


  Specialized Databases

 The course includes three sessions that illustrate how to perform a research using databases of the following disciplines:

  • Theology and Canon Law
  • Philosophy and History
  • Social Sciences and Psychology



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
  • Zotero on smartphone
  • synchronization with the Zotero site and with online spaces (WebDAV)
  • using the same file on multiple computers (Windows and Mac)



Participants are invited to bring a laptop to all the courses in order to follow the lessons in the best possible way. Upon contacting the Management, the Library is also available to arrange targeted meetings.




   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 Electronic Resources

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


Specialized Databases

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

Wednesday, March 20th (advanced course) Room C 211, 1:30-2:45 p.m.


Zotero for the Library ​of the Pontifical Gregorian University

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.

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.



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