Finding Articles (Research Databases)

Databases on this page: EBSCO Host : Australasian Religion Index (ARI) : Informit Databases :Oxford Biblical Studies OnlineAULOTS : Google Scholar : Oxford index

Access Restrictions

Access to the following databases is restricted to current Adelaide Theological Library patrons (including Flinders Theology staff and students).

If you are accessing the databases off campus, a login screen will appear.

ACD staff and students
• with new plastic ID Cards: username—printed student/staff number preceded by ACD, eg. ACD20121531 or ACD1052. Leave the Password box blank
• with old cardboard library cards: username—barcode, leave the password box blank
Flinders staff and students: FAN and password.
ATL Community patrons: username—barcode, leave the password box blank.

AULOTS, Google Scholar and Oxford Index are freely available and do not require a login.

Access to the library’s online resources is available to any library user from any of the library’s own computers.

Database Tutorials

If the tutorials do not automatically launch when you click on the links below, you will need to install Adobe FlashPlayer.

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Research Databases for Theology

EBSCO Host Databases

Click here to search EBSCO Host. Choose your access method (web or mobile app.), then choose your database/s

Tutorials: Introduction to EBSCO Host
Other EBSCO Host tutorials can be found at

ATLA Religion Database contains more than 1.8 million bibliographic records covering the research literature of religion in over 60 languages. Coverage spans from 1949 to the present.
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online indexes periodicals, essay collections, church documents, papal documents and electronic resources expressly addressing the practice and intellectual tradition of Roman Catholicism. ATLA CPLI contains indexing from 1981 to the present.
Religion & Philosophy Collection provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
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New Testament Abstracts contains more than 44,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 16,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts.
Old Testament Abstracts features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings.
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

These databases can be searched separately or concurrently. Better search options are available if you search the databases separately.

Ebooks are also available and are searchable on EBSCO host.

Click here to search the eBook collection.

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Australasian Religion Index (ARI)

Click here to search ARI

Indexes over eighty religious and theological serials published in Australia or New Zealand and representing all religious traditions.

List of serials indexed

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Informit Databases Online

Tutorial: How to search the Databases.

Click here to search Informit

Informit Full text Collections: Business, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences
Informit Plus Text Databases: A*Education, APA-FT Australian Public Affairs-Full Text
Informit Index Databases: Family–Australian Family & Society Abstracts Database Information: ATLA Religion Database
Full text, multi media and index

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Oxford Biblical Studies Online

Tutorial: Guided Tour

Click here to search OBSO

Search across multiple versions of the Bible, and compare different texts and commentaries in an innovative side-by-side view. Contains more than 5,000 A-Z entries and chapters from Oxford references. Hundreds of images and maps provide visual perspectives of the biblical world. Tools & Resources contains Internet resources selected by specialists in the field, tables and charts of biblical calendars, weights and measures, suggested reading lists for further research, and more.
Full text, multi media

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Is a database of the journal holdings of theological and religious libraries in Australia and New Zealand. AULOTS can be searched by journal title and entries provide links that indicate which libraries hold the title you are looking for, and what issues they hold. South Australian Libraries (those with ‘S’ in their library code name) can be approached directly. If you want an article from an interstate library, please contact library staff.

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Google Scholar

Tutorial: Using Google Scholar

Click here to search using Google Scholar

Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

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Oxford Index : a Search and Discovery Gateway

Click here to search Oxford Index

Contains a cross-searchable set of hundreds of thousands of free “index card”, each representing a single article, chapter, journal or book. Index cards display key information–including abstracts and keywords–about a work, helping users judge its relevance to their research.

At this time, full text access is not available, however ATL has many Oxford Dictionaries, Handbooks, Journals and reference works that are indexed by Oxford Index. Check the online catalog for ATL holdings.

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