When to use Books and when to use Articles

Why Use Books?

Generally speaking, you use books when you need:

  • Historical perspective or less-than-current research on a topic
    • Example: You need information on early pioneers of pastoral counseling.
  • Survey of a topic (in other words, not research on something very specific)
    • Example: You need a book on the background of the church fathers to supplement your textbook.
  • General perspective on a topic
    • Example: You’re researching modern denominations’ views on the inerrancy of Scripture.

Why Use Journal Articles?

  • Gathering current research on a topic
    • Example: You need information on theological responses to the current AIDS crisis in Africa.
  • Specific facet/perspective of a broader topic*
    • Example: You need information on the attributes of God as explained in Exodus 20
    • Example: You need information on recent challenges to the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture in the Southern Baptist Convention.

*NOTE: While an entire book may not be written about a specific topic, it might be good to search for a general book on the topic and find out if there a chapter of that book that deals with your specific need.

How Do I Locate Books or Articles?

To locate books and other physical resources in the library, you can search the library catalog on Populi. While you’re searching books, you might want to check out the page on Understanding Library Call Numbers.

To locate journal articles, please visit the Online Resources page of the library website. For theological resources, you will need to use the ATLA database. For databases in other subjects, you can apply for a free Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library card and access 30+ databases in education, psychology, current events, demography, and health.

Supporting the Library


Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations to the institution are tax-deductible. The Goldberg library is actively soliciting donations of biblical and theological books and audio-visual materials. If you are interested in donating to our library, please contact the library staff at 704.334.6882 x104. For your convenience, a donation form can be completed and sent via email to the Library ([email protected]).

Library Wish List

The Director of Library and Archives maintains a wish list on Amazon.com of desired titles and equipment for the Goldberg Library. Please prayerfully consider blessing the library with these items. If you would like to honor someone through your gift, please inform the Director of Library and Archives so that she/he might send you a thank you letter and designate the honoree with a book plate.

Goldberg 1996 Library Club

The Goldberg 1996 Library Club is a tangible way to support God's work at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. The Library will develop the 1996 Library Club to attract donors to give via the library website. Donors will be encouraged to give $19.96 to commemorate the year the institution was founded. Donating to this fund supports the operating budget of the library. Moreover, it helps the library update its technologies, add quality books and media, and fund workshops hosted by the library staff. Please email the library ([email protected]) for more information about donating to the Goldberg 1996 Library Club.

We look forward to growing and evolving to meet the needs of current and future leaders of the church.

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