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Divinity Library Instructional Guide: Religious & Theological Abstracts


Religious & Theological Abstracts provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. It currently abstracts more than 400 journals, with summaries produced by a team of scholars from around the world. Coverage includes journals relating to Christianity, Judaism, and other world religions. English language abstracts are provided for articles in French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish.

Years of coverage: 1948 to the present.

R&TA is available online from campus workstations and by remote login. Access to R&TA is available from the Find Database page.

NB:The results of a search done in R&TA will rarely be identical to the results of the same search done in the ATLA Religion Database. Use both databases to get the best coverage.

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The opening window offers five buttons: Search, New Search (clears previous search criteria), Help (explains Modifiers and Wild Card *), Home (lists subjects and periodicals indexed), and Tutorial (outlines effective search strategies).

Choose Search.
The search window has three columns: Modifiers, Fields, Criteria.


Modifiers are the Boolean operators used to connect search terms. To select a modifier, click on the arrow to the right of the box, and select from the drop down menu.

Fields indicates the type of search. To select a field, click on the arrow to the right of the box, and select from the drop down menu. The options are:

Criteria are your search terms.


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Viewing the Results of a Search

When you have finished setting up the search, click on the Search button at the bottom of the Search window. A Search Results window will open with a list of matches.


When you click on the Show Tagged button a new window will open with the tagged abstracts. To move to another abstract use the arrow keys at the side of the window.


To begin another search, use the Back arrow on the browser to return to the Search window. Click on New Search.

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This file last modified 9/15/09.
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