What is a database? A database is an organized collection of records presented in a standardized format that can be searched on a computer. The catalogue is a database, as is the ATLA Religion Database.
When you search in a database what you are doing is searching through records that represent and describe some other object, such as a book, an article, a collection of facts. When you search in the catalogue, for example, you are not searching within the books themselves, but instead you are searching through records that have been created to describe the books (and other items) within the collections of the Veech Library. The record provides you with information about an item, such as its author, what it is about, and where it can be found.
There are various electronic databases that can help you locate articles, statistics, primary texts, and other kinds of information. At present, the Veech Library subscribes to the following databases: ATLA with ATLASerials (1949 onwards), Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (CPLI, 1981 onwards) and The Philosopher's Index (1940 onwards).
All the databases available at the Veech Library are accessible through the four terminals situated in the middle of the ground floor of the library from the Databases page on the library catalogue. Alternatively, you can access them through the Internet offsite by obtaining the URL, user ID and password from the Veech Library. Ring or ask for these in person, quoting your name and student number.
For databases to find journal articles in Biblical Studies, see Article Databases for Biblical Studies under Finding Journal Articles.
Databases for Religious Studies
- ATLA Religion Database and ATLA with ATLASerials (1949 onwards)
The most important and comprehensive database for religious studies. Provides citations to journal articles, book reviews, and essays. Approximately 15% of cited journal articles link to full text. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines an index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in religion with ATLA's online collection of religion and theology journals. Full text for 15% of articles, others are citation only. This database began in 1949, with some journals indexed back to the 19th century. Produced by the American Theological Library Association. Full text is provided for more than 266,000 electronic articles and book reviews, from more than 130 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States.
- Bibleworks 7.0
A Bible concordance and morphological analysis program. It includes the Hebrew Bible, the Greek Septuagint, the Latin Vulgate and the Greek New Testament amongst others, plus many translations of the Bible in languages like Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean, and more. BibleWorks is a unique software package designed by experts to help you study Scripture more efficiently, both in your native tongue and in the original languages. BibleWorks comes with an array of Bible translations, lexicons, reference works, and Biblical databases, all closely integrated to illuminate the meaning of the passage being studied. It contains a comprehensive set of references to help with grammar, parsing, and pronunciation, all linked directly to the passage. BibleWorks is not difficult to use, and includes a large set of helps to introduce you to the many tools in it. It comes with 190+ Bible versions in nearly 40 languages along with other texts, reference works and instructional helps. See the link to a Bibleworks Tutorial in the pink outlined box on this page.
- Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (1981 onwards)
Provides citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, as well as papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers. The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online is the product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Library Association. The database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 370,000 index citations of articles and reviews. Indexing for CPLI Online corresponds to the print version, The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, published by the Catholic Library Association and covers content from over 200 periodicals.
- The Philosopher's Index (1940 onwards)
Philosopher's Index, produced by the Philosopher's Information Center, is a current & comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in philosophy. The Philosopher’s Index, as the most thorough index of journal literature on the subject, features author-written abstracts covering research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies & book reviews. This Index contains research published since 1940 including nearly 570 journals from 43 countries. The database covers the fifteen fields of philosophy: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
Australasian Religion Index Online