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Use databases to find articles, book chapters, and other resources

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How do I find essays, journal articles, or book chapters?

Finding Essays in Books

This page will show you how to search for and locate essays within books using Sophi Search, the ATLA Religion Database, or the joint library catalog. 

Finding a Journal Article or Book Review

This page will show you how to search for and locate journal articles and book reviews using Sophi Search, the ATLA Religion Database, or the joint library catalog. 

Accessing the ATLA Religion Database 

This page will explain step-by-step how to access the ATLA Religion Database.  

What is the difference between searching a database and searching the library catalog?

Database vs. Catalog Searching (PDF)

This Stitt Library tutorial will walk you through the major differences between the library catalog and our subscription databses, and show you how to access both resources.

How do I effectively search a database?

How to search ALTA (PDF)

This Stitt Library tutorial will show you how to search in ATLA and where to go if you cannot find full text in ATLA.

Keyword vs. Controlled Vocabulary Searching (PDF)

This Stitt Library tutorial explains the difference between searching using keywords and controlled vocabulary.  It also demonstrates how you can combine the two for more effective searching.

Keyword Searching Tips (PDF)

This handout of tips will help you to become a stronger keyword searcher. 

Database Search Tips (MIT)

This LibGuide from MIT Libraries outlines several different considerations to keep in mind while searching databases.  These considerations include: Boolean operators, truncation, keywords vs. subjects, fields, phrases, and stop words.  

Subject vs. Keyword Searching (North Kentucky University)

This handout from North Kentucky University outlines the differences between subject and keyword searching. 

Searching Effectively Using AND, OR, NOT (Colorado State University)

This tutorial from Colorado State University Libraries explains to users how to use Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) to construct effective search queries.

Boolean Searching (AND, OR, NOT) (University of Alaska - Fairbanks)

This webpage from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks concisely outlines what Boolean searching is and how it can be of use to you. 



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