The default search interface for Atla Religion Database (hosted by EBSCO) is pictured below, with three search boxes that can be coordinated with boolean operators. Each search box can search a specific metadata field (e.g. Title, Author, etc.) or, if left as the default, run an All Text keyword search. To perform a quick search, enter search terms in at least one search box and select the orange "Search" button to return results. Review details below for advanced search features.
1. Enter search words or partial phrases to search. To search for an exact phrase, put quotation marks around it. For example, "liberation theology" will return results with those words together in that order.
2. Use the drop-down menu to select which metadata term to search across.
3. Combine search terms using boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These determine how the search terms in each text box relate to one another. For example, looking for articles about "liberation theology" AND "Latin America" would return articles that contain both terms in their detailed record. A search for "liberation theology" NOT "Latin America" would return articles that contain the term "liberation theology" in their detailed record without the term "Latin America" present.
4. Use the "+" and "-" symbols to add or remove text search boxes to your search.
To begin a search within a particular journal, select "Publications" from the top menu in Atla.
A browsing menu will appear with all publications indexed in Atla, alphabetically.
Browse titles alphabetically, or enter a journal title in the search box to locate a specific publication. The results list will include when bibliographic coverage for that title begins, as well as if articles are available in PDF Full Text (indicated by the PDF icon). To add one or more journals to your search parameters, mark the checkbox(es) next to those titles and click "Add." The phrase (JN "Journal Title") will auto populate in the main search box. Selecting the orange "Search" button will return results of all articles from that journal indexed by Atla. You can then use the additional search boxes and refinements to narrow your search.
If you want to browse in a particular journal chronologically, search for it on the Publications search box and then click the hyperlinked title. A page will appear with the publication details and a hierarchical chronological menu on the right to select specific volumes/issues in a given year.
Use the hierarchical menu to select an issue to immediately view its article contents. Or, select the "Search within this publication" to start a new advanced search limited to that publication.