Parish Library: Online Resources
Click on a selection below to access these external resources.
(Classic Christian Etheral Library)
A Christian (not Roman Catholic), online theological library containing the most important public-domain works for theological study. The collection includes Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s The Spiritual Exercises, The Confessions of St. Augustine, the works of St. John of the Cross, and Early Church Fathers, a 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church.
Searchable versions of The Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, and Church Fathers. A good online research tool that includes a variety of links and resources.
This site is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. The Center serves clergy and laity, students and scholars, with research and study tools — from books and publications to multimedia and on-line programming.
Searchable, online catalog: LibraryThing
Our collection is slowly being put into an online catalog system called LibraryThing, which allows you to view the contents of the St. Joseph Parish Library from a home computer or any device connected to the Internet. As of April, 2014 about two thirds of our material is on LibraryThing.
You can search our catalog using LibraryThing but you can not use it to check availability, reserve, renew, check out, or donate a book. Our checkout, renewal and donation procedures remain the same – you do that in the library.
Our “Profile” page is a good place to start exploring LibraryThing:
Our “Catalog” page is a direct link to our books:
Like any website, you will have to play with LibraryThing a little to learn how to use it.
Helpful things to know about LibraryThing:
1. We have Books, DVDs and CDs in 2 “Collections”:
“New” - added in 2013-2014.
“Your Library” – in library before 2013.
“All Collections” = “New” + “Your Library”
2. Subjects are listed as “Tags”. Extra information, such as “Fr. Todd Recommends”, “Classic”, “Use with Study Guide”, “Large Print”, or “PG-13”, are also listed as “Tags”. If you see a number in parenthesis after a “Tag”, that is the number of items we have with that “Tag”. If you click on a “Tag”, you will see a list of everything we have with that “Tag (subject)”.
3. Call Letters are listed under the “Comments” field and are used for shelving books.
4. Searching is easiest if you type a word(s) in the “Search StJosephIssaquah’s books” box while on the “Profile page”, or if you are on a “Catalog page”, by typing in the “Search this library” box. These search boxes are located near the upper right corner of the LibraryThing pages in a gray bar. If you “Search site”, which is in the brown bar, you will leave our library.
5. You can also search by looking at all our “Tags”. This may be less accurate than searching for a specific word but is a good way to browse.
6. If you want to rearrange a list of books into alphabetical or numerical order, click on the blue “Title”, “Author”, “Date”, “Tags”, “Comments”, or “Entry Date” at the top of a “Catalog page” and the books will move into order. If you click a second time, the order will reverse. A little blue arrow shows direction.
7. If you want more information about a book, click on the title. You will go to the book’s “Main Page”. On the right side bar of this page, there are links to the book on Amazon, where you can often read a description of the book and/or Amazon reviews. Occasionally there are reviews by LibraryThing or St. Joseph patrons linked on the left side bar of the “Main Page”.
8. If you want to see other books by an author, click on their name.
9. For the simplest presentation, make sure you see: “Using StJosephIssaquah’s viewing style (stop using it)”, which is in a gray bar near the top left of the “Catalog page”, just above the blue “StJosephIssaquah”.
10. If you get lost in the Catalog, click on the blue “StJosephIssaquah”, which is near the top left of each “Catalog page”. This will take you back to our “Profile page”.