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Using the Atla Religion Database: Index Search

Use this guide to discover the many ways that the Atla database can help you find and save resources!


Browsing the index is another good way to research. Browsing can provide an overview of a subject, which a direct search may not yield. Like browsing the book stacks, it can produce valuable, surprising results. Select More and then Indexes from the top menu to browse the Atla database by any of its indexes.  

1.   Browse an Index from the drop-down menu. Browse for any search term.



2. Toggle a Search Result. Add it to the Search Bar. Click Search. Multiple indexes/terms can be searched at once using boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).


3. You may also browse by many other criteria (like Author and Publication), using the drop-down menu where you selected "Subjects All." After you select the field(s) that you want, you can follow the same procedure that is outlined above.


Document Object Identifier (DOI)

  • An article's record may include a DOI. This number is a unique identifier for its article, like how a social security number uniquely identifies a U.S. citizen. A DOI can be copy and pasted into the resolver to locate and access the respective article (if you have proper access).