Search Tips for Theology
The main database for theology is ATLA, found from the library home page- click on find articles by subject-click on theology -click on ATLA.
You may search by words anywhere (a keyword approach) title, author, subject. I suggest that you use keyword-at least at first-rather than subject. You can never be sure as to the exact subject heading in use until you have some experience with the database-be very careful with verses from Bible!
After using keywords, you may find a subject heading that is useful for your search. These subject headings are in the blue print under the citations for the articles and you can click on them to bring up those citations.
The citations in the database that discuss books can link directly to the catalog using find a copy. If you wish to order the book via interlibrary loan, you may do it while searching. (this feature may not be available from older articles).
Limits are available-language, publication type (book, journal article, book review, etc.), publication year. The default setting for this database loads recent articles first.
Please note-the database does cover publications in languages other than English, so proceed carefully. Using the limit function, you can select English as the language that you wish to use.
There is FULL TEXT MATERIAL in this database. There are LINKS from this database to the text (use find a copy) and you may look in the JPII catalog for subscription information (do we get the journal?) and use our own copy. If you need a particular journal, go to find articles by title of journal. This feature allows you to link to database holdings of a journal.
Please be aware that ILL (interlibrary loan) involves a delivery process. Books and articles take 3-5 days at least.
The Religion and Philosophy Collection from EBSCO has many full-text articles in theology but does not have the extensive coverage of ATLA. Also, EBSCO databases include the peer-reviewed limit and other helpful limits, including book review.
The Catholic Periodical Index database is very valuable for issues of particular relevance to the Catholic Church but should not be substituted for the other theology databases .New and Old Testament Abstracts cover their respective subjects very well. Many articles are full text.
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