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 library is actively soliciting donations of books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials. If you are in Charlotte, the library staff would be pleased to arrange a pick-up at your home or business. Please contact the library staff if you would like to donate items to the CCCTS library.

Library Wish List

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

CCCTS Library Club

The Library Club is a tangible way to support God’s work at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. Library Club members make monthly pledges that support the operating budget of the library. This helps the library to update its technologies, add quality books and media, and fund workshops hosted by the library staff. The library is responsible for cultivating well-rounded ministers who can navigate information.

Library Club Members make monthly pledges which can be invoiced to you or scheduled as a recurring donation via credit card. As a member, you will enjoy the following privileges:

  • Lending privileges with library books

Please contact the library for more information about becoming a member of the Library Club.

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

Contact CCCTS

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Physical Address
7520 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28227-9664

Phone: 704-334-6882