The ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, with coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for several journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century. Journals are selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope. The fact that many publishers solicit the inclusion of their journals in ATLA RDB is indicative of the stature it has achieved in the community of religion scholars.

Database Details

Total Number of Records

More than 2.7 million, including

    • 2,250+ journal titles in total, 960+ of which are currently being indexed
    • 1.1 million+ journal article records
    • 275,000+ essay records
    • 920,000+ review records
    • 397,000+ book records

Update Frequency


Type of Records

B​​ibliographic records of scholarship representing major religions, faiths, denominations, and languages

Coverage Areas

Bible, archaeolog​​y, and antiquities; human culture and society; world religions and religious studies; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; theology, philosophy, and ethics

Title List(s)

ATLA RDB​ ​E​xce​l​ (​2​-2​019)​​​​​​​​​

ATLA RDB ​with A​TLA​S Excel ​(​2-2019)​​​​​​​

ATLA RDB​ with ATLAS​ PLUS ​E​xce​​l (2-2019)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Prerequisite Databases


Companion Products

Access and Subscription Information

ATLA products and partner products are made available on the EBSCOhost research interface through subscribing libraries and are not available directly through the ATLA website.

Student, scholar, researcher, faculty, or religious leaders conducting research in the field of religion and theology who is currently accessing ATLA products through a library or interested in learning how to access ATLA products

Library supporting scholarship in religion and theology currently providing patrons access to ATLA products or interested in subscribing to provide patrons with access to ATLA products

Submission Information

Learn more about the evaluation process and criteria considered by ATLA in selecting journals for inclusion in ATLA’s index product ATLA RDB.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

More Information

For more information or to request a trial, visit ATLA RDB on the EBSCO website.