If you need a digitally available resource (particularly in religious studies), the DTL probably can provide access to it. The instructions below will help you discover and retrieve the content that you need. If you need more assistance, please contact your institution’s library to inquire further.
Finding More Information on a Specific Topic
If using the search bar does not provide enough resources for you, look through the A-Z list of databases. The brief database descriptions in this list will help you decide which databases are most likely to help you find the specific information that you are seeking. When you find a database of interest, simply click on the link and use the search engine within that database to discover the content you need.
To find general resources on a particular topic, peruse the DTL’s cultivated subject guides.
Finding Journal Articles
Most major journals in religious studies are well indexed in these three key databases:
- JSTOR Religion Collections 1-3 (ebooks); Religion & Theology Collection (journals)
- Project MUSE Philosophy and Religion
- ProQuest Religion
Building a Bibliography
The DTL’s A-Z list can also help you create a bibliography. The databases listed below do not provide access to the books and articles, but they will help you discover resources which you can then locate in the DTL’s collection.
- Religious and Theological Abstracts (all areas of religious studies)
- Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne – BiBIL (multilingual collection)
- BILDI (Documentation for Biblical Literature Innsbruck) (multilingual collection)
Finding a Particular Article with a Known Title and/or Author
If you already know the bibliographical information for an article, you can find the article using one of these approaches:
- Search for the author or article title in the main search box at the top of the page or the advanced search engine. Many articles will appear using this method and the system will provide a direct link to the article. However, if you do not find what you are looking for, try the next approach.
- Search for the journal-title in the main search box at the top of the page or the advanced search engine. This approach will lead you to the journal’s home page, where you can retrieve the article from the journal’s website. If you do not find what you are looking for, try the final approach.
- Go to the A-Z list of databases and search in the database(s) that are most likely to contain the article. If you do not find what you are looking for, contact your librarian for assistance.
How to use Basic Search
This video shows how to use basic keyword search to find a resource in the DTL’s collection, see details and metadata about it, and access it online or in a physical format.
How to use Advanced Search
This video shows how to use the Advanced Search and sidebar filters in the DTL’s catalog.
Introduction to Databases
This video shows how to search for databases in the DTL’s collection using the A-Z Databases page.
Introduction to Subject Guides
This video shows how the DTL’s subject guides are organized and what content they provide.