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Key databases for Theology and Religious Studies

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Theology and Religious Studies. You can also see a complete list of databases for Theology and Religious Studies available from the Library.


Allows you to search for journal articles in Theology and Religious Studies. It provides information on topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues. Coverage spans from 1949 to the present. There are no full-text articles on ATLA, so use the Check@Leeds button to see if the Library has the article you want.

Guide to using ATLA

Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts

CETEDOC is a database of Christian Latin Texts, including the Corpus Christianorum editions, supplemented by other texts. This database allows you to search for the full text of works by early Christian authors and to search within these texts. It is useful for Theology and Religious Studies, History, Classics and Medieval Studies. This database is updated at irregular intervals.


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. It is easy to use but remember to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers, or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of research content in philosophy. It monitors sources including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. It also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy. The index contains over 2.3 million entries in more than 5,000 categories.

Guide to using PhilPapers

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science