Reference


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Do you need help finding the perfect resources for your research? Having trouble finding access to something? Or so overwhelmed you don’t know where to start? The School of Theology Library offers numerous ways to Get Reference Help from one of our librarians! Remember that answering your questions is what we love to do!

Ask Us In-Person at the Reference Desk – Closed 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the Reference Desk is closed and will not be staffed. Please read the sections below on how to get reference help virtually via email and Zoom.

There are many different ways you can ask us a question about your research. First, come visit us at the reference desk, staffed with a librarian from the School of Theology Library. The reference desk is staffed Monday-Thursday, 9:00am – 4:00pm throughout the academic year. Do not hesitate to ask us a question anytime you pass by, or just say hi or ask what we’re doing! The reference desk is located near the main entrance of the library, around the corner towards the right, by the bound periodicals. 

Ask a Question Via Email

If you prefer to ask us a question from the comfort of your own home, you can do that too!   When you email our reference librarians through sthref@bu.edu, your question goes out to all of our reference librarians. After receiving your email, we will work on answering your question and respond within one business day of receiving your question.

Personal Librarian Program

The School of Theology Library has a Personal Librarian Program which assigns incoming School of Theology students a “personal librarian” on staff. Always feel free to email your personal librarian, who will be happy to help you out! If you forgot our contact information, consult our library staff page.

Request a Zoom Meeting for Reference Help

Fill out this form to request a reference appointment via Zoom. By setting up an appointment, you give one of the librarians time to do research on your question so they can explain to you what sources are available.

  • Please write "dissertation" or "thesis" if applicable in place of a course number.
  • Provide a brief description of the assignment and your topic. Please include the intended length of your work in pages and any requirements regarding source materials to be used.
  • Please mark the times you would be available for the reference interview in the coming week. A librarian will contact you to set a firm date or suggest alternate times, if none of your listed times work.

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