ATLA Religion Database®


Name: ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®)

Category of service: Indexing and abstracting databases

Owner:  American Theological Library Association

Creation date: first published in print in 1949, and released electronically in 1981

URL: (general information) and (product access options and guidance)

Disciplines covered: Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; theology, philosophy, and ethics.

Geographic coverage: international

Coverage dates: from 1949 to present and retrospective indexing for some journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century

Number and types of publications covered: 1,769 journal titles in total, 593 which are currently being indexed

Number of records in the database: 1.8 million+, including the following:
657,200+ journal article records
266,000+ essay records
599,000+ review records
299,700+ book records

Update frequency: quarterly (February, May, August and November)

Selection criteria:  Journals are selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope.


Last update: October 2014