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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am a student trying to get access to the databases?

If you are a current student or researcher, you will not be able to gain access to our subscription databases (Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®), AtlaSerials® (Atlas®) and AtlaSerials PLUS®) via our website. You will need to contact your institution's library.

If you are an alumni/ae, your institution may subscribe to our Alum products. View a list of participating schools to see if your library is one of them.

We do provide free resources for research, such as Atla LibGuides, Atla Digital Library, and Research in Ministry® (RIM®).

Please note: membership does not include subscriptions or access to our subscription products.

What are the details of Old Testament Abstracts Online compared to content posted on Project Muse?

See the detailed FAQ on the Catholic Biblical Association of America website.

How do I update permalinks in LibGuides and syllabi now that we’ve upgraded to Atla Religion Database with Atlas PLUS?

You will need to update any URLs that link to a specific database since each link points to a specific database shortcode and the new databases have different shortcodes. Find shortcodes for all EBSCO databases, including Atla research tools. You may be able to use a "find and replace" function in your documents to making updating your URLs easier and faster. For example, find "db=rfh" and replace with "db=isdar". Examples of permalinks:

  • Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®) with AtlaSerials® (Atlas®)


  • Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®)​


If your URL points to a profile or group, and that’s how a user accesses the database, then you will not need to update your URLs; nothing about the profile or database shortcode will be changing. If you have further questions, please contact EBSCO Product Support by calling 1-800-758-5995 or by completing the EBSCO online email form.

Does Atla sell microform products, including microfilm and microfiche?

Atla does not sell or distribute microfilm or microfiche products.

What are Atla’s plans for the long-term preservation of content in Atla’s full-text products?

Some of the preservation work Atla staff members perform for full-text products includes:

  • Creating high resolution tiff files according to accepted archival guidelines, which can be migrated to other formats if needed.
  • Creating and ensuring the integrity of multiple redundant backups of digital files.

Do journals ever drop out of Atla’s full-text products?

Atla has a very successful rate of retaining journals in its full-text products. When journals change ownership, or other circumstances require a license to be re-negotiated, Atla works with publishers to secure their continued participation. If a journal withdraws from a full-text collection, Atla can no longer add new full-text, but, in the case of most titles, retains the right to continue providing content already posted to the database.​

Do Atla members have access to Atla products and partner products?

Membership in Atla’s professional association does not include access to Atla’s products. Institutional members of Atla must subscribe to Atla products and partner products the same as any other institution. Individual, Student, and Retired members must access Atla products and partner products through a subscribing library. Do not apply for membership in Atla if you are seeking access to Atla’s products or partner products. If you have specific questions, contact us for additional guidance.

What is Atla’s position on discovery services?

At the present time, selected Atla products are part of discovery service offerings as detailed for specific products below. For the following products, see  As part of these efforts metadata from the Atla EBSCO Historical Archives products listed below may appear in other discovery services via cooperation from EBSCO and Atla.

  • African American Historical Serials Collection
  • Atla Historical Monographs Collections
    • Series 1 (13th Century to 1893)
    • Series 2 (1894 to 1922)
    • Thematic Sub-Series
      • Biblical Research Perspectives, 1516-1922
      • Catholic Engagements with the Modern World, 1487-1918
      • Christian Preaching, Worship, and Piety, 1559-1919
      • Global Religious Traditions, 1760-1922
      • Global Theological Perspectives, 1322-1922
      • Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918
      • Jewish Studies Perspectives, 1800-1918
      • Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922
      • Perspectives on Ancient Civilizations, 1200-1922
      • Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921
      • Religious Leaders and Thinkers, 1516-1922
For the following products, current institutional subscribers to Atla products via the EBSCOhost research interface who also subscribe to EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), can search Atla content through EDS. Atla's proprietary subscription database content is not available via any other arrangement at this time.
  • Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®)
  • AtlaSerials® (Atlas®)
  • AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®)
  • Old Testament Abstracts (OTA)
  • New Testament Abstracts (NTA) ​​

Have a correction to submit?

Have a correction to submit? Complete the Atla Product Data Correction form.  

Is Atla CPLI offered as a product?

​No, Atla merged the Atla Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (Atla CPLI®) into the Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®) in 2018. Once a stand-alone Catholic specific product, it is now part of the full Atla Religion Database. Atla CPLI is no longer offered as a stand-alone product.​

How is material selected for inclusion in Atlas PLUS?

What additional full-text titles are offered with the upgrade to Atlas PLUS?

AtlaSerials PLUS®​​ (Atlas PLUS®​​) includes all of the titles in Atla’s original full-text product, AtlaSerials®​​ (Atlas®​​) as well as 170+ additional full-text Atlas PLUS titles.

What if I want to align my subscription dates when I upgrade to Atlas PLUS?

Your EBSCO representative ​will work with sites to pro-rate or super-rate your upgrade or new purchase to align with your existing EBSCO subscriptions. This policy holds for all subscriptions (stand-alone or consortial).

Is Atlas PLUS offered for sites in developing countries and for alumni?

Yes, AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®) subscriptions are available for alumni programs and sites in developing countries. Please contact your EBSCO representative.

What is the difference between Atlas and Atlas PLUS?

AtlaSerials PLUS®​ (Atlas PLUS®​​)​ is a full-text collection that includes more than 530 journals in many diverse areas of religion and theology, with content in more than 20 languages from more than 35 different countries.

Atlas PLUS contains all of the 360+ full-text AtlaSerials®​​ (Atlas®​​) journals and by purchasing an upgrade to Atlas PLUS from Atlas, sites will gain access to more than 170 additional full-text titles.

How is material selected for inclusion in Atlas?

What is the license and economic model for Atla’s full-text products? Are Atlas and Atlas PLUS available for purchase as perpetual access?

Atla full-text products, AtlaSerials® (Atlas®) and AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®), contain licensed publisher-provided content, but Atla does not own the intellectual property rights for this content. No title or ownership passes to subscribing institutions, because Atla and our database aggregator only license databases for use by their customers. We also strongly believe in promoting the purchase of publisher journal subscriptions, which we view to be complementary resources to database subscriptions. For these reasons, Atlas and Atlas PLUS are not available for purchase as perpetual access.

How is material selected for inclusion in Atla Religion Database?

Who creates the Atla Religion Database index records?

Atla employs a professional staff of Subject Matter Experts who create rich bibliographic records including relevant subject headings for titles indexed in Atla products. Our Subject Matter Experts all have advanced degrees across a range of disciplines in religious studies and theology and work in close to forty languages from Afrikaans to Ugaritic. These experts remain extremely active in their chosen fields by participating in scholarly conferences, developing and teaching courses, and writing, presenting and publishing original scholarship. ​