Four of the EBSCOhost databases (ATLA Religion, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, and Catholic Periodical & Literature Index) offer a unique searchable field called either 'Scripture Citation' or 'Scripture Reference.' This allows the researcher to find items in the database that are relevant to particular scripture passages. When this search is used, the items retrieved will generally be quite academic and will focus on analysis of particular passages.
ATLA Religion Database is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. The database includes more than 555,000 article citations from more than 1,656 journals (518 currently indexed), more than 232,000 essay citations from over 16,700 multi-author works, more than 511,000 book review citations, and a growing number of multimedia citations. Full text is provided for more than 266,000 electronic articles and book reviews, from more than 130 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States.
Learn how to use the ATLA Religion Database with ATLAS effectively by watching the tutorial below. This tutorial is approximately 15 minutes from beginning to end.
NOTE: You can download a zip file to your computer that contains a copy of the Prezi, which can be run at any time (no Internet connection necessary). Follow the instructions above for getting to the Prezi online, and then click the 'Download' link below the Prezi.
If you are looking for journal articles related to particular passages of the Bible, you can use any of the three search methods below.
ATLA Religion Database provides a convenient 'Scriptures' option at the top of the page that will retrieve close to the same number of results as Search #2 below. To use the 'Scriptures' option, follow these steps:
Search #2 seems to retrieve results quite similar to those of Search #1, but not exactly the same. This is just another option to try.
NOTE: Be sure to click 'Add' for each page before moving on to the next page of results (by clicking the 'Next' link).
NOTE: If the chapter number is a single digit (e.g. Acts 2), follow the steps above and add the passages that are relevant. Before clicking on 'Search,' add a colon to your search (e.g. Acts 2:) and click 'Browse' again. Go through the entire list of passages for the chapter and add the ones that are relevant. Then click the 'Search' button for the results.
If you'd like to look for jouranl articles on a particular term or topic (rather than a particular passage) within one or more Bible books, try this method:
NOTE: If you would like to search across several books, repeat the above steps until you have added all the books to the search box - then click the 'Search' button.