Article Databases

A database is an electronic collection of journal articles, usually for a specific academic discipline. These databases allow you to search for articles across the many journals all in one place and have full text access to PDFs of the articles. To find an article, follow these steps.

On the library home page, find the "Databases" link, which will take you to the database list. On the database page, use the "Subjects" drop down menu to choose "Theology & Ministry." The most common and a recommended theology database is ATLA Serials Plus®. Other databases to use could include the APA PsychArticles® or APA PsycInfo® for counseling and behavioural science topics.There are also other book and reference databases in the Theology list.

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Screenshot of Databases List page

Database Search Tips

  • Limit by subject
  • Limit (or filter) by type or format
  • Limit by vendor/provider
  • Limit by a combination of two or more of the above
  • Key in a term in the search box
  • Start over by clicking the "clear filters" button.

Kinds of Databases

Databases differ considerably in the kind of information they provide. Many databases are indexes to periodical literature (journals, magazines, newspapers) and may be multi-disciplinary or subject-specific. Some of these databases include only opens new window indexes and abstracts, while others include opens new windowfull text. Several types of databases, along with examples, are listed below.

 opens new windowReference databases, which include mostly dictionaries and encyclopedias:

Ebook collections:

 opens new windowMulti-disciplinary databases, meaning they contain material in a wide variety of disciplines, and subject-specific databases, meaning they are focused on a particular discipline: