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**Getting Started**

A guide to the various information resources available in the Lapp Learning Commons

Your Learning Commons Account

Welcome to the Lapp Learning Commons!

Students at Chicago Theological Seminary are granted full use privileges of the Learning Commons and its resources.

Any time you come to the Learning Commons, you will need to bring your student I.D. in order to check out materials.


SSO Integration at CTS 

CTS, including the Learning Commons, will be providing single sign-on (SSO) services on campus. Your CTS email and username will provide you with access to all services on campus. 

Here are some of the highlights of the SSO integration:

  • One login for everything
  • A new uniform login screen for all CTS services
  • Reset your password or recover your username on your own without asking for help from IT
  • Once you login, your login credentials will remain valid for 8 hours. You will not need to login again during this time period to access other library services. 

Consult this guide, for additional step-by-step instructions on how to access your library account, access electronic resources, and access NoodleTools, our citation management platform.

Please email the library if you are unable to access your account.

Circulation Policies

For details about how long you can check-out material, fines, placing holds or recalling books, see the following:

Off-campus Access to Databases and eBooks

Students, faculty, and staff can use their CTS email username and password combination to access all databases and ebooks:

  • If your name was John Doe and your email was [email protected], then your login username would be "john.doe" and the password used would be the same as you use to access your CTS webmail.
  • Do not use the MY ACCOUNT button on the Learning Commons website to access electronic resources.

Doing Research at the Lapp Learning Commons

There are a number of different ways you can search for materials in the Learning Commons.

Most research materials can be found under the “Find” tab on the Learning Commons main web page.

Each sub-group is named after what you’d be looking for.

Search Everything

This is exactly what it sounds like. CTS subscribes to EBSCO Discovery Service, a new platform that allows users to search in one place all the content the Learning Commons either owns or subscribes to.  You can search for books, articles, streaming media and more across our catalog and all of our databases (e.g. ATLA, EBSCO, JSTOR, Project Muse, etc.). 

Find – CTS Catalog

This is the Learning Commons Catalog. You can find here all of our print books, print journals, A/V material, and some of our ebooks and streaming media. You can search by title, author, or keyword.

Find—Databases A to Z

This is an alphabetical listing of all of the databases and web resources that are available in the Learning Commons. Some of these databases will require you to login if you're off-campus but several are open access and do not require a separate login.

​Find—Online Journals

If you know which journal you're looking for, this is where you can see if it's available in the Learning Commons collection and the coverage dates.

Alternatively, you can search for what journal titles are available for any given subject. Please note that this is not where you’d search for a topic. It’s only useful if you're searching for journal titles, and not full-text articles.

Find – Research Guides

The research guides are a curated list of books, ebooks, journals and databases for different subject areas. The research guides are great  "starting points" if you're not familiar with the particular subject. The research guides also include a number of how-to guides (e.g. how to navigate databases such as EBSCO, ATLA, JSTOR and Project Muse).

Find -- Course Readings

This is a listing of al the books on the reserve shelf for the current semested in the Learning Commons.