Media Center

Training Sessions

Free training sessions are offered at the Media Center each semester. All sessions will be held in the Media Center in the basement of the library. Seminary students, faculty, staff, and spouses are welcome to attend. To reserve a seat, call (214) 887-5285, email, or stop in at the Media Center (basement of library). Seating is limited.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Creating Bible Charts in Excel for Beginners

Instructor: Coy Stark

This session is designed to take a student who has never used Excel from learning the most basic Excel functions to producing a chart that will fulfill the requirements of BE assignments here at DTS.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, January 12

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, January 21

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, January 29

  • How to begin the process of creating a chart, even before you get to Excel
  • How to create a new Excel document
  • Options for paper sizes and printing / PDF
  • How to layout and format your chart
  • Entering text
  • How to format and merge cells
  • How to add color and images
  • How to draw borders around your finished chart

Creating Bible Timelines in Prezi for Beginners

Instructor: David Or

In this session, you will learn how to use Prezi (a free online presentation tool) to help you create a Bible timeline for classes such as BE103 and BE104. No prior knowledge is required to attend this session. We highly recommend this session to BE students but everyone is more than welcome to join.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, January 15

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, January 26

  • Create an account in Prezi
  • Learn how to use Prezi
  • Create a sample timeline in Prezi
  • Drawing the timeline and date markers
  • Inserting dates and other information
  • Inserting pictures or clipart
  • Printing the timeline

Introduction to WorldCat

Instructor: Debbie Hunn

WorldCat Discovery has replaced the previous library catalog. In this session you will learn how to use it to find books, journals, articles, and media accessible through the DTS library as well as books owned by other libraries.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, January 14

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, January 20

  • Using your library account
  • Locating books in Turpin Library
  • Locating books in other libraries
  • Finding articles in WorldCat
  • Using Bible passages and subject headings

Turabian Style for DTS Papers

Instructor: Michelle Bly & Billy Todd

This session is designed for students who may have never written a paper in DTS Turabian style or for students who have written papers in DTS Turabian style and who desire to learn an easier way to set up their papers.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, January 13

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, January 22

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, January 28

  • Tools available to help with Turabian formatting
  • The proper format for various types of Turabian footnote and bibliography citations
  • The proper layout for a paper written in DTS Turabian format
  • How to use DTS’s Microsoft Word Template to format papers in proper Turabian format.
  • Use of styles and headings in the Word template
  • How to number pages properly
  • When and how to insert block quotations and how to footnote them
  • Tips and tricks for Turabian formatting

Using Zotero to Format Footnotes & Bibliographies

Instructor: Debbie Hunn

Zotero is a free bibliographic management system that helps create and manage footnotes and bibliographies. This session is designed for students who anticipate writing papers with more footnotes than they wish to type directly. Please use the Macs in the lab during this session.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, January 19

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, January 27

  • Constructing Zotero records for books and articles
  • Importing records from databases
  • Creating footnotes from Zotero records
  • Editing footnotes
  • Changing footnote format
  • Creating bibliographies