Article databases allow you to find articles from periodicals. On this page, you will find links to several article databases useful for religion research, as well as some selected general article databases.
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The ATLA Religion Database covers a wide range of religious traditions, controversies, and issues. You will find not only peer-reviewed articles from major religion journals, but also more popular content that provides a window on current news and opinions. Western religions are covered more closely than other traditions, but you will find important coverage of most religions. "Religion" in ATLA encompasses concerns beyond theology and doctrine to include issues like environmentalism, human rights, war and peace, religious freedom, ethics, and culture.
Traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, African Religions, American Indian Religions, Paganism, Folk Religions
Subjects: Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; and theology, philosophy, and ethics
Document Types: Scholarly articles, magazine articles, essays, books, book reviews
Dates: Publication dates run from the early 1800s to the present
Below are a few examples of how to construct search phrases. Search phrases are in bold, with explanations bulleted.
hinduism and renunciation
hinduism or india
christianity n5 gnosticism
buddha w8 japan
Finding Articles Based on Scripture Citations:
The ATLA Religion Database makes it easy to find articles that cite specific books, chapters, and verses of the Bible. Click on the "Scriptures" link in the upper left side of the database page. If you would like to find all articles related to a particular book of the Bible, click on the name of the book. If you would like all articles related to a particular chapter of a particular book, click on "expand" and then select the chapter. You can click expand one more time to search for articles related to a particular verse.