ATLA Scripture Search
Hi. My name is Kaeley McMahan and we are going to walk through how to find scripture references in the ATLA Religion Database. We are going to use the beatitudes from Matthew 5-16 as the example, as how to do this. So, the first thing to do is go to the ATLA database and start with the scripture button that is in the top toolbar. Then you can type in the full name of whatever book you are searching for. So you would do Matthew, rather than Matt or Luke rather than LU. So, then just do the chapter that you are interested in finding and then hit the Browse button at the end of the bar and then you'll get all these check boxes down the side and you can check mark as many of those as you feel are significant for whatever verses that you are looking for. It depends on how the author has it noted or how the indexers have decided to note it. So, there will be some overlap and there will be some that are very short and some that are longer. So you can choose which ones will work best for whatever search you're doing. So, you could check mark any of these here, or you could keep hitting the Next button to keep getting to the Matthew 3 section. So, we'll just keep hitting the next and then we'll get down to Matthew 3-11, 3-12, 3-16. So, we could keep checking any of those that we wanted to, we can scroll down a little bit farther and that there are a few more break downs as well. So, we can check mark any of those that would work and then come back up to the top and hit Search, and then that will search for those scripture passages in the database and you can see them up here, in this box, at the top. You'll see some of them have the search term in the title itself, like this one here has Matthew 5:3-12 in the title, some of them others will not have it in the title but if you click on the title of the article you will see it in the Scripture Citation section, of the abstract. If we go back, we can clear this search and there is one other way that we an also search. So you can do a search for beatitudes there, and Matthew in the second box and hit Search and that will bring up additional things that perhaps don't have a scripture reference in the abstract or in the title itself. So, that would be the other way to make sure you're covering all of the bases. If you have any questions, you can contact me Kaeley McMahan or you can contact zsr.wfu.edu/ask. Thanks!