Finding Articles and E-Resources

Finding Articles

To locate scholarly articles about any religious tradition or topic, we recommend starting with either Religion Quick Search or ATLA Religion Database

Religion Quick Search is a custom built search box on our library's web site. ( Find it on the Religion Quick Search tab of the search box on the home page). Religion Quick Search simultaneously searches several prominent religion search engines/article databases that cover journal literature in the fields of religion and theology.

ATLA Religion Database, one component of Religion Quick Search, covers all religions and all theological points of view. Search the ATLA Religion Database alone to use the " Scriptures" tool at the top of the screen. This tool precisely locates academic articles about a specific biblical passage.

If you're accustomed to using JSTOR for religion research and wonder when it's best to use JSTOR and when it may be more appropriate to use ATLA Religion Database, find out more here.

HOLLIS+ may also be used to find scholarly articles. HOLLIS+, however, is new and cannot currently search all of  the Harvard Library's journal collections at the article level.  For this reason, you may need to supplement your HOLLIS+ search by using the Religion Quick Search or a subject-specific database, such as the ATLA Religion Database.

For in depth research on a topic, use specialized article databases.

  • To browse key article databases in the fields of religion and theology (selected from hundreds of databases available at the Harvard Library) go to the Key E-Resources page, scroll down to Key E-Resources by Type where the Article Databases category will be listed first.
  • To find article databases sorted by topic areas that generally correspond to the Harvard Divinity School curriculum (e.g. Buddhist Studies), ), go to the Key E-Resources page, scroll down to Key E-Resources by Topic, and then select the relevant topic
  • For the full range of article databases available at Harvard Library, go to All Harvard E-Resources. Article databases can be identified by first selecting a subject area (e.g. Philosophy and Religion) and then narrowing the selection by E-Resource Type. Select the Resource type 'Indexes to journal articles' to locate Article Databases by subject. Note that "Indexes to journal articles" in All Harvard E-Resources is equivalent to "article databases" as used on the Andover-Harvard Library website.

Finding Articles When You Have a Citation

Use Citation Linker to find full text online articles when available through the Harvard Library. To use the Citation Linker form, enter the name of the journal and the remaining citation information. Then, click Find It. The displayed results will provide links to any online versions of the article (or journal that includes the article) as well as a link to HOLLIS that will display any additional print holdings in the Harvard Library. Note that if full text online versions are not available, you may be automatically directed to HOLLIS to check for print availability.

Citation Linker can also be found on the Journals tab of the search box on the home page.

Finding Articles on Biblical Passages

Use scripture citation indexes to find articles on Biblical passages in ATLA Religion Database, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts. For more, see Biblical Studies Research Guides.

Finding E-Resources

Use lists of key e-resources grouped by topic and type to locate major e-resources useful in the study of religion and theology.

Search a more comprehensive list of all Harvard e-resources by title, subject, or keyword to find additional e-resources available at the Harvard Library.


Contact a Research Librarian.