Guide for new students
Fountains Learning Centre
The library is housed within Fountains. There is a range of
'physical' resources available, including books, journals, DVDs and
Finding your way around
Check out the virtual tour to get
used to the layout of the learning centre.
Resources are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal
Classification system. You will find most Theology books and
journals in the number range 200-299, but it is better to locate
them accurately using the library catalogue, as relevant books may
be in other sections (e.g. Philosophy or Ethics).
Click here to watch a demo of accessing eBooks
Click here to watch a demo of accessing journals
Other useful collections
You will find items in the David Hope RE
Centre on the catalogue (location RE Centre). This is a
separate collection, designed to support anyone involved with
religious education. It incorporates a range of resources,
including Artefact Kits; themed, bookable and borrowable
collections of artefacts from various religions. It is on the
second floor of Fountains.
The library provides access to many electronic resources for
Theology and Religious Studies. Some of these mirror the print
resources, others are only available electronically.
Theology and Religious Studies subject area
The library website contains an area devoted to Theology and Religious Studies. Here you will
find information tailored to your subject, including; links to
databases of journal articles and conference papers; links to key,
reliable websites; links to the key journals in your subject area
at York St John.
Use the Library
Catalogue to search for and locate items in the learning
centre, search for e-books and manage your library account (e.g.
check which books are due and renew them).
Use the Library
Catalogue or Electronic
journals by title to determine whether York St John
has access to a particular title electronically. The
latter is a database containing all of the title information
and links to all of the electronic journals to which we subscribe,
as well as those which are freely available.
If you need to search for journal articles or conference papers
on a specific topic within Theology and Religious Studies, the best
resources to use are bibliographic databases. The library website
contains a full
listing of all available databases, covering all subjects. You
will also find help documents to guide you through the process of
searching on these pages.
Help and advice
Advice on how to use any of the resources in Fountains, or
provided via the library website, is available throughout your
course and via a number of routes.
Your academic support librarian
Every degree programme has a dedicated librarian. For the
Theology and Religious Studies programmes, your librarian is Clare
McCluskey. She is available for one-to-one support and advice, via
email or face-to-face. To book an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The library has a service dedicated to answering queries. You
can ask for advice on anything from finding a book on the shelf to
creating an advanced search strategy for your dissertation.
service in person, via email or on the telephone.
Information skills sessions
You will receive workshops from your academic
support librarian on searching for information and resources
as part of your degree programme, tailored to the assignments you