Databases contain references to journal articles, reports, books, and other documents organized around specific subject areas. The citations in databases frequently contain links to full-text content, and often include an abstract with a summary of the article.
- Database content is scholarly in nature, and has been reviewed by editors prior to its inclusion into the database
- Databases such as ATLA focus specifically on a subject, rather than the general approach taken by PITTCat
- ATLA and other religious studies databases contain links to journals, reports, and books that are held in the ULS collections
- Databases allow you to use very specific terms to limit your search results.
- They are not databases, but digitized journals, produced by journal publishers
- Examples include: JSTOR, Project Muse, Ingenta Connect, Cambrdige Journals Online
- Some include limited search or browse capabilities by general subjects, for example, Religious Studies, but do not allow you to search in any sophisticated manner
- e-Journal collections are a good way to stay up to date in your field by seeing what types of articles are being currently published
Which Tool Should You Use to Get the Best, Most Efficient Results?
- ATLA and other databases to find out what religious studies practitioners are writing and reading
- PITTCat Classic to locate journal articles and books whose content isn't linked from the databases
- JSTOR, etc., to get a broader picture of current publications