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Research Guides

ATLA Religion Database

This guide will help you search the ATLA database more effectively.

Locating articles, essays, book reviews from a citation


  • The results list will display the citation, the information needed to locate the article of interest, i.e. the author, as well as the Source (journal title, volume number of the journal, year of publication, and page numbers).
  • If a link for PDF Full Text through ATLA is not seen, click the Get it! UTL  link to see if it is available in another database.



  • ATLA indexes essays and chapters within many edited collections of multi-authored works. The type of publication (article, essay, review) is indicated on both the Results page and when you click on a title to display the detailed record page.
  • Once you have identified an essay of interest, check the UTL catalogue by the  title of the book, not the title or author of the essay. Essays are not available full text through ATLA but may be part of an e-book in LibrarySearch, the UofT catalogue.

Record information

Book Reviews:

  • ATLA is a major source for theological book reviews, but it is important to note that many books are never reviewed.
  • When searching ATLA for book reviews, it is best to use the author's last name--some reviews only use initials rather than the author's first name--and title of the book, or a few key words of the title.


  Book reviews

  • You can also limit your results to reviews only. In the Limit your results in the bottom half of the page, choose Review in the Publication Type box.
  • The Results page provides the reviewer's name, journal title, year, volume and page numbers.
  • If ATLA does not provide a link for full text, click the get it! UTL link for other options.

Publication type