Atla Religion Database (Atla RDB)
Atla Religion Database®, also known as Atla RDB®, is the premier index of articles, reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology, and offers significant breadth and depth of subject areas and languages covered. Content is selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope.
Atla products and partner products are made available on the EBSCOhost research interface by subscribing libraries and are not available directly through the Atla website.
More than 3 million, including
* 2,400+ journal titles in total, 1,100+ of which are currently being indexed
* 1.2 million+ journal article records
* 280,000+ essay records
* 1 million+ review records
* 460,000+ book records
Bibliographic records of scholarship representing major religions, faiths, denominations, and languages
Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; world religions and religious studies; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; theology, philosophy, and ethics
Learn more about the evaluation process and criteria and criteria considered by Atla in selecting content for inclusion.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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® (Atlas PLUS®) our website. You will need to contact your institution’s library. Please note: membership does not include subscriptions or access to our subscription products.
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.
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.
What if I have a correction to submit?
Please complete the Atla Product Data Correction form.
Why am I finding discrepancies between my print copies and what is indexed in Atla research tools?
Occasionally, our publisher license agreements do not include items, such as articles or artwork in a journal, that were individually copyrighted by the author or artist. It may also be the case that the missing material is one of the following: a short book review, brief news snippet, editorial, letter to the editor, contributor blurb page, or book notes. It is not typically our policy to index this kind of material.