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Using the Atla Religion Database: Boolean & Wildcards

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


Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) are useful for expanding or limiting a search's results. 


Conceptualizing boolean search results as a Venn diagram is helpful.


Indentify Nuances with Boolean Searches

  • Use boolean searches to gain a nuanced view of a particular subject area, i.e. how integral a particular scholar is to their respective discipline, or how influential a particular place is to a given movement or historical trend.