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This guide explains how to use the ATLA Religion Database to locate journal articles, essays, sermons, and book reviews in the field of religion. It includes videos that demonstrate how to search for research on sacred texts, including the Bible.
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ATLA Religion Database

Use the ATLA Religion Database to locate journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion. Citations cover all religions and all theological points of view. Full-text is available for hundreds of titles.

If you do not find the exact information you need, try other indexes covering the study of religion.  Some frequently consulted indexes include: RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, Christian Periodical Index, Index Islamicus, Bibliography of Asian Studies, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, and Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

Accessing the ATLA Religion Database

Either click the URL at the top of this page, or go to the "Find E-Resources" section of the E-Research @ Harvard Library home page at

Be sure to login with your Harvard ID number and PIN.  To obtain a PIN, go to

Searching the ATLA Religion Database

Keyword Search:

Enter search terms in one or more Find box.

Boolean operators (And, Or, Not) can also be included in your search.

For more precise results, click a field code from the pull-down menu.  For example, AU Fiorenza will find records that contain Fiorenza in the Author field.

Publications Search

Click the Publications button on the blue toolbar near the top-left corner of the page.

Enter a journal title in the Browsing box, and click the browse button.

Mark the box next to the journal title(s) you seek and click Search.

The most recent articles will display at the top of your screen. Browsing current articles in key journals is one great way to increase your awareness of current scholarship.


Click the Scriptures button on the blue toolbar.


Select a biblical book, or choose Expand for a more specific chapter and verse citation. 

Print, Email, or Save Results


Once you have completed a search, click the “add to folder” icon to add a specific citation to your folder.

Click the folder to print, email, save, or export citations to RefWorks or EndNote.

When you save, email, or export references, you may also include full-text articles.

Locating Full-Text Articles


When you see either “HTML Full Text” or “PDF Full Text” below a citation,

the article is only a click away.

If there is no link, click the  button


How to Contact Us

Contact Andover-Harvard Research Librarians:

You can also visit the research librarians on the 2nd floor. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-9 pm; Friday, 8:30 am-6 pm (except University holidays) during term time.

Research librarians will work with you to:

  • Locate information
  • Develop a research strategy
  • Find relevant e-resources, books, and articles on any topic
  • Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill

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