What is ATLA?

Produced by the American Theological Library Association, ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) with ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. ATLASerials provides full text for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews.
How do I find it?
From the GIAL Library homepage:

  • Click on A to Z Index to E-resources.
  • Scroll down to ATLA and click.
  • Click on EBSCOhost web.
  • Select ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials.
  • Click on the Continue button (top or bottom of page)
  • Enter search terms.
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials offers the ability to search for articles specific to books of the Bible, chapters and even verses. To do this click on the blue Scriptures tab at the top of the page. Select the book of the Bible in which you want to search and then expand to see the chapters. Expand the chapters to select by verse. Click on book,chapter, or verse to see results.

Tip: When searching by search terms, it is best to enter general term first, then place limiters, if needed, to narrow the results.
Example: Search for "Muslim" and "Bible translation"
The role of Mali Muslims in team translation of the Bible
By: Matre, Anne Lise. Source: Svensk missionstidskrift, 97 no 2 2009, p 197-209. Publication Type: Article
Subjects: Bible --Translating; Fula (African people); Translators; Muslims--Mali; Missions--Mali; Christianity and Islam--1900-; Missions to Muslims; Group ministry; Muslims--Relations--Christians
Database:ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
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Self Quiz:
Of what type of material is this a citation? Answer
What is the title of the journal? Answer
What is the title of the article? Answer
To see if GIAL has this journal, by what element would you search for it on the GIAL catalog? Answer

Note the subjects given. If you find an article that especially meets your needs, check to see if there is another subject heading search that will yield yet more results on that topic.

Note the limiters in the left column. You may:

  • Refine your results (full text, peer reviewed, electronic)
  • Limit by range of years
  • Select source type (academic journal, books, dissertations)
  • Narrow by subject
  • Narrow by publication
From your list of results, click on add to folder for those records of interest.
  • Note that in the right column, a box appears which says Folder has items.
  • Click on Folder View to see only the citations that you selected.
You may print, email, save, or export these citations.
Sign up for a free MyEbscohost account where you can make folders and store citations that you might be using for different research projects that you are doing. Do this by signing to MyEbscohost in with your self-created user name and password.

From then on you may save your selected search records by making folders and copying your selected records to the folder of your choice. Make a folder for each class or research paper!
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