Barnard: Research Methods/Religion Lab: Finding journal articles

A guide to help with your final paper for the Religion Lab course.

ATLA Religion Database


  • What's in it?
  • Why use it?
  • How to use it?

Exercise: Use ATLA RDB to find 3-5 sources for your paper.

Finding Subject-Specific Journal Indexes

Just like ATLA RDB is the premier database for articles, essays, and book reviews in religion and theology, other disciplines have subject-specific databases.

To find these databases

  1. use research guides
  2. use database list within CLIO
  3. browse the list via the Ebsco interface (use ATLA RDB as example)

Examples of other databases: Index to Jewish Periodicals, Arts & Humanities Full Text, America: History & Life.

Exercise: (1) Find at least one other database that is relevant to your research. (2) Do a search within that database to find 2-3 additional sources for your paper. 

Finding Journal Articles at the Libraries

  • Online with PDF link
  • Online, but no obvious PDF link (using e-link)
  • No online access, accessing print versions (onsite, offsite)
  • No print copies at Columbia; using interlibrary loan

Exercise: Look at the options within ATLA RDB results list.