ATLA Database

What is ATLA?

Produced by the American Theological Library Association, ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) with ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA’s online full-text collection of 300+ major religion and theology journals.

How do I find it?

From the Dallas International Library homepage:

Biblical References on ATLA

The ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials offers the ability to search for articles specific to books of the Bible, chapters and even verses. To do this, click on the blue Scriptures tab at the top of the page. Select the book of the Bible in which you want to search and then expand to see the chapters. Expand the chapters to select by verse. Click on a book, chapter or verse to see results.

Helpful Tip #1

It is best to enter general term first, then place limiters, if needed, to narrow the results.


Search for “thorn in the flesh” and “sarx” (Greek term)

You may get about 26 hits.  One of them may be:

Paul’s thorn in the flesh: a messenger of Satan?
Author(s): Abernathy, David
Source: Neotestamentica 35 no 1-2 2001, p 69-79.
ISSN: 0254-8356
Publication Year: 2001
Language: English
Subjects: Bible. Corinthians II 10-13; Greek language–Terms–Skolops; Greek language–Terms–Sárx; Demonology, Biblical; Metaphor; Peer reviewed
Scripture Citation: Corinthians, 2nd 12:7
General Note: Bibliography: p 78-79.
Publication Type: Article
Issued by ATLA: 20140825
Accession Number: ATLA0001392152

Self Quiz: Click on question to check your answer.

Of what type of material is this a citation?

This is a citation of an article in a journal. The clue is the volume and issue number (i.e., 35 no 1-2) and the page numbers after the year (i.e., 2001, p 69-79).

What is the title of the journal?

The title of the journal is Neotestamentica.

What is the title of the article?

The title of the article is Paul’s thorn in the flesh: a messenger of Satan?

To see if Dallas International has this journal, by what element would you search for it on the Dallas International catalog?

You would search in the Dallas International catalog by the title of the journal: Neotestamentica

Note the subjects given. If you find an article that especially meets your needs, check to see if there is another subject heading search that will yield yet more results on that topic.

Note the limiters in the left column. You may:

  • Refine your results (full text, peer reviewed, electronic)
  • Limit by range of years
  • Select source type (academic journal, books, dissertations)
  • Narrow by subject
  • Narrow by publication

From your list of results, click on add to folder for those records of interest.

  • Note that in the right column, a box appears which says Folder has items.
  • Click on Folder View to see only the citations that you selected.

You may print, email, save, or export these citations.

Helpful Tip #2

Sign up for a free MyEbscohost account where you can make folders and store citations that you might be using for different research projects that you are doing. Do this by signing to MyEbscohost in with your self-created user name and password.

From then on you may save your selected search records by making folders and copying your selected records to the folder of your choice. Make a folder for each class or research paper!