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Bridwell Lunch Talks

Each semester Bridwell Library offers instructive and interesting Bridwell Lunch Talks (BLTs) designed to keep Perkins School of Theology and Religious Studies graduate students up on the latest technology, resources, and research techniques.


"Time-Saving Strategies for Reading”

Thursday, September 8, 12:30-1:15, Bridwell Library Benefactors Room.
Graduate students often feel overwhelmed by the amount of required reading which, in turn, prevents them from taking the time to develop effective strategies for dealing with it.  Reference librarian David Schmersal will suggest tips and techniques for reading with greater efficiency and comprehension so that you can reduce your mountain of reading from an Everest to (at least) a Mt. Sinai. 


“Get What You Need with ATLA Religion Database”

Thursday, September 22, 12:30-1:15, Bridwell Library Benefactors Room.
Join David Schmersal as he explores the ways in which ATLA simplifies your life as you search for scholarly articles, essays, and books reviews for your work in Biblical Studies, Christian Heritage and, yes, even Systematics.  He will offer tips for conducting quick searches, for saving your results, and even for formatting your citations. 


“Building Blocks of Exegesis—Sources to Get You Started”

Thursday, October 20, 12:30-1:15, Bridwell Library Benefactors Room.
Writing your first—or fifth—exegesis paper can be a daunting process, but fear not! In this BLT, reference librarian David Schmersal will provide an overview of the process, break it down into manageable portions, and direct you to essential sources.


“Everything You Need to Know about Scholarly Citations and Bibliographies”

Thursday, November 10, 12:30-1:15, Bridwell Library Benefactors Room.
Lay those footnote and bibliography blues to rest as Jane Elder provides models and guidelines for using the Chicago Humanities/Turabian notation style.  Come with your citation questions.  Hand-outs provided.

BLTs are limited to students, faculty, and staff of the Perkins School of Theology and Religious Studies Department.

To RSVP, please send an email to or call 214-768-3483. Seating is limited to 25, so please RSVP at least three days in advance. Sessions with five or fewer RSVPs will be cancelled.

Please let us know ahead of time if you have dietary or mobility restrictions.