Databases of humanities and theology

There are both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary databases in humanities and theology. Several humanities databases are databases of either Proquest or Ebsco. In addition, Web of Science has one database containing studies in humanities, Arts & Humanities Citation Index (link opens in a new tab in UEF Primo).

EBSCO platform for databases

EBSCO maintains one generic database of its own: Academic Search Premier. Through the EBSCO platform, it is possible to use other databases as well, either alone or together with multiple databases.

In Ebcso database it is easy to change the database from the link "Choose databases" above the search box.
You can access any EBSCO database through UEF Primo and change the selection at any time during the session.
Boolean operatorsProximity operatorTruncation * WildcardsPhraseStemming and spellingSearch fields to start with
as usualNn (near; no specific order)
W
n (within; given order)
middle and end
#
replaces one or zero characters
? replaces one character
“” marks
recommended
as usualSelect a field (optional)
authors, subjects, keywords, all title info (including source title) and
abstracts
* vary by database
Search technical specialities in EBSCO databases

Video tutorials (videos open in a new tab in Youtube)

Using search terms, limiting, editing, saving – ignore the last minute, not applicable in UEF library
Academic Search Premier General Tutorial
(5:56)

Use of thesaurus terms:
Browsing Subject Terms in EBSCOhost Databases (2:23)


Setting notifications about new results:
Creating a Search Alert in EBSCOhost (1:28)

CULTURAL STUDIES AND LITERATURE

There is no dedicated, discipline-specific database for cultural studies. One of the largest databases containing cultural studies is EBSCO’s multidisciplinary Academic Search Premier (see above). Another EBSCO database for cultural studies and literature especially is MLA International Bibliography (see below). In addition, Proquest provides a discipline-specific database for humanists, ARTbibliographies Modern, which is a source of information on modern and contemporary arts (link opens in a new tab in UEF Primo).

MLA International Bibliography / Ebsco

  • covers the years: 1926-
  • covers the document types: scholarly publications (full-text articles and references)
  • uses the thesaurus: MLA Bibliography Thesaurus

Open MLA database in a new tab in UEF Primo.

MLA database is a database for literature from any country and in any language, literary theory and criticism, modern languages, linguistics, folklore and dramatic arts. For example, if you are looking for studies on the works of a particular writer, then this database is a good choice.

Video tutorials (videos open in a new window in Vimeo)

Search query example

MLA International Bibliography and its advanced search form with some hints. MLA uses its own thesaurus. It is very handy when brainstorming the search terms. If you are not sure about the spelling of the authors name, you can check from the link "Browse authors". You may also use the authors name as a subject. Automatic stemming finds different forms of the word, for example, color and colour.

LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGES & TRANSLATION STUDIES

Linguistics, languages and translation studies have a few disciple-specific databases. One of the largest database is Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (see below). For translation studies there is a database called Translation Studies Bibliography (see below).

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts / ProQuest

  • covers the years: 1973-
  • covers the document types: Abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews, abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.
  • uses the thesaurus: Integrated thesaurus of 3,700 terms

Open Linguistics and language behavior abstracts in a new tab in UEF Primo.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) database abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of language studies, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics etc. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics, including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Boolean operatorsProximity operatorTruncation * WildcardsPhraseStemming and spellingSearch fields to start with
as usualNEAR/n (no specific order)

PRE/n (given order)
middle and end;
maximum of 5 characters are replaced; truncated term doesn’t count in relevancy order
? replaces one or zero charactersas usual,
” _ “
as usualAnywhere except full-text – NOFT
Search technical specialties in ProQuest

Video tutorial: Proquest Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (5:02) (Link opens in a new window in Youtube)

Search query example

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts database and its advanced search form with some hints. Choose the search field from the drop-down menu. The default search field "Anywhere" is not the best possible. If you use "Subjects" field, check your search terms from the databases own thesaurus. Mark phrases inside quotation marks. Truncate the keywords with asterisk to get different endings.

Translation studies bibliography

  • covers the years: from 2004 to present. Future releases will be complemented with records of earlier publications.
  • covers the document types: Journal articles, monographs, (article from) collective volumes, reviews, reference materials, dissertations and unpublished manuscripts. Some full-text links (the full-text link is called “crossref”), mostly references.
  • uses the thesaurus: Integrated thesaurus of 1,600 terms

Open Translation studies bibliography in a new tab in UEF Primo.

Translation Studies Bibliography (TSB) is an annotated bibliography on the field of translation and interpreting studies. The bibliography does not index translations or dictionaries, unless relevant to research in Translation & Interpreting (T/I). T/I studies is considered a broad field of transfer and mediation, containing aspects of intra- and interlingual translation, adaptation, interpreting, reformulation, localisation, multimedia translation, language mediation and terminology/documentation. TSB considers publications from other disciplines (such as semiotic studies, communication studies, linguistics, sociology, psychology, etc.) but only to the extent in which they are relevant and of interest to T/I studies.

NB! Translation Studies Bibliography’s user interface and search logic differs from other databases (see the search query example below).

Boolean operatorsProximity operatorTruncation * WildcardsPhraseStemming and spellingSearch fields to start with
AND & OR only in the main search bar, but not together. While searching together, operator OR must be replaced with pipe operator |, or use the drop- down menu options.not in useStands for zero or more characters. Works only in the end of a word.? replaces zero or one charactersas usual, or use the option “matches phrase” from the drop-down menu.not in use
Search technical specialties in the Translation Studies Bibliography

Search query example

Translation Studies Bibliography and its advanced search form with some hints. Link "Advances search filters" open the advanced search form. To search alternative search terms, use "Matches any" from the drop-down menu. While searching phrases, use "Matches phrase". "Abstract" field is a good choice. Truncate a word by using asterisk. Advanced search fields are automatically combined with AND operator.

THEOLOGY

The most remarkable discipline-specific database on Theology is the ATLA Religion database. In addition, multidisciplinary databases like Scopus, EBSCO and Web of Science are useful in searching for theological research, not to mention UEF Primo’s book search and international articles search.

ATLA Religion database / Ebsco

  • covers the years: 1949-
  • covers the document types: full-text journals & articles, article and book references
  • uses the thesaurus: ATLA subject thesaurus (available in the database)

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ATLA database is a database on theology and religion, including more than 470 full-text journals and over 800,000 articles (2022). In addition, it includes over one million article references from more than 2,000 journals since 1949. Articles of some journals will appear into the database with a delay.

Video tutorial: Three methods to search for Biblical scripture citations (4.12) (Link opens in a new tab in Vimeo)

Search query example

ATLA Religion Database and its advanced search form with some hints. Use databases own thesaurus to browse and check the subject terms. Choose the search field from the drop-down menu. Truncate the search terms with asterisk.

Index Theologicus / University of Tübingen

  • covers the years: middle ages to present
  • covers the document types: article and book references, full-text articles and books
  • uses the thesaurus: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Open Index Theologicus database in a new tab.

Index Theologicus is an international open access bibliography for theology and religious studies. It is published by the University of Tübingen, and it covers scientifically relevant information from the Middle Ages to the present day. The database includes more than 2 million records on theological literature, over 185,000 of which are available as open access (2022).

Search query example

Index Theologicus and its advanced search form with some hints. Use quotiation marks while searching a phrase, for example, "pastoral care". Choose the searh field from the drop-down menu.