Research

The RTS Libraries offer several online resources for research.

Those resources that require a password are for the use of current RTS students, faculty, and staff only. RTS graduates are eligible for the ATLAS for ALUM program.
Please contact your campus librarian for password login information.

Web Resources

Our listing of online resources for theological research, including links to many online journals.

ATLA Periodical Index + ATLAS full text Journals (via EBSCO)

The ATLA Religion Database Index is an essential tool for the study of religion. It is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. The more than 1,315,000 records in the ATLA Religion Database include journal articles, essays from multi-author works, and book reviews. Over 1,500 journal titles are currently indexed.

ATLAS is a full-text online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Users can read articles or research the history of a topic from 1949 to the present. Currently, researchers are able to use ATLA Serials as a search tool to retrieve images of the pages in more than fifty different journals, which includes more than 100,000 entries (including articles and book reviews).

ATLA/ATLAS for ALUMNI

This offers limited access to the ATLAS database for those who have graduated from an RTS degree program.

You must contact the campus from which you graduated to obtain the login & password information.

 

JSTOR (select Arts & Sciences Collections)

The JSTOR Archives Collections are multi-disciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include complete runs of full-text journals. These collections span across more than 50 disciplines of academic content. The Arts & Sciences collections include religion & theology.

Religion & Philosophy Collection (via EBSCO)

This database is a comprehensive database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more than 300 full text journals and unparalleled coverage of the subject areas listed above, the Religion & Philosophy Collection™ is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

Catholic Periodical Index (via EBSCO)

The database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 436,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.

Old Testament Abstracts
& New Testament Abstracts
(via EBSCO)

Old Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more.

New Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The database contains more than 33,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 12,600 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill)

The Encyclopaedia of Islam (Second Edition) Online sets out the present state of our knowledge of the Islamic World. It is a unique and invaluable reference tool, an essential key to understanding the world of Islam, and the authoritative source not only for the religion, but also for the believers and the countries in which they live. New content will be added on a quarterly basis, and includes new material from the 3rd edition.

Digital Karl Barth Library

The current release features Barth's magnum opus, Die kirchliche Dogmatik, in its entirety. Also featured are the first 36 volumes of Barth's Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings. These volumes are supplemented by seven additional German works that have not yet been published as part of the Gesamtausgabe and English translations of twelve important texts by Barth. New content will be added on a quarterly basis.

Religious & Theological Abstracts

R&TA provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology since 1958. Listed are a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provide English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.

TREN

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 7,800 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. TREN also makes available conference papers presented at annual meetings of several academic societies, including:

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Society of Church History
  • Society for Pentecostal Studies
  • North American Patristic Society
  • American Catholic Historical Association

Many of these titles are in the RTS Library Collections (search). Other titles can be ordered online.