Research Tools

The RTS Libraries offer several online resources for research.

Those resources that require a password are for the use of current RTS students, faculty, and staff only.  The Self-Service/Canvas username and password is used for those resources.

RTS graduates are also eligible for the ATLAS for ALUM program and must contact their library for alumni login details.



LibGuides Research guides on subjects and courses.
Web Resources Our listing of online resources for theological research, including links to many online journals.
ATLA Periodical Index + ATLAS full text Journals (via EBSCO) The ATLA Religion Database Index is an essential tool for the study of religion. It is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. The more than 1,315,000 records in the ATLA Religion Database include journal articles, essays from multi-author works, and book reviews. Over 1,500 journal titles are currently indexed.ATLAS is a full-text online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Users can read articles or research the history of a topic from 1949 to the present. Currently, researchers are able to use ATLA Serials as a search tool to retrieve images of the pages in more than fifty different journals, which includes more than 100,000 entries (including articles and book reviews).
ATLA/ATLAS for ALUMNI This offers limited access to the ATLAS database for those who have graduated from an RTS degree program. You must contact the campus from which you graduated to obtain the login & password information.
E-book Collections EBSCO E-book Collections.
Titles can be read online or checked out to be read offline. A quick User Guide is available.
TLELP – Theological Libraries E-book Lending Project
After connecting, select “My Account,” select “Reformed Theological Library” from the library menu and use your Self-Service account credentials for the Username and Password.
Titles can be read online or checked out to be read offline.
JSTOR (select Arts & Sciences Collections) The JSTOR Archives Collections are multi-disciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include complete runs of full-text journals. These collections span across more than 50 disciplines of academic content. The Arts & Sciences collections include religion & theology.
Religion & Philosophy Collection (via EBSCO) This database is a comprehensive database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more than 300 full text journals and unparalleled coverage of the subject areas listed above, the Religion & Philosophy Collection™ is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.
Catholic Periodical Index (via EBSCO) The database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 436,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.
Old Testament Abstracts
& New Testament Abstracts
(via EBSCO)
Old Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more.New Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The database contains more than 33,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 12,600 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985.
Loeb Classical Library The Digital Loeb Classical Library is designed to make Classical Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers. It presents an interconnected, fully searchable, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture— with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available.
Digital Karl Barth Library The current release features Barth’s magnum opus, Die kirchliche Dogmatik, in its entirety. Also featured are the first 36 volumes of Barth’s Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings. These volumes are supplemented by seven additional German works that have not yet been published as part of the Gesamtausgabe and English translations of twelve important texts by Barth. New content will be added on a quarterly basis.
Religious & Theological Abstracts R&TA provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology since 1958. Listed are a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provide English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.
TREN The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 7,800 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions. TREN also makes available conference papers presented at annual meetings of several academic societies, including:

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Society of Church History
  • Society for Pentecostal Studies
  • North American Patristic Society
  • American Catholic Historical Association

Many of these titles are in the RTS Library Collections (search). Other titles can be ordered online.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (Jackson and Orlando Students only) Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a full-text database for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students. It provides hundreds of full-text psychology journals, including many indexed in PsycINFO. It offers particularly strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and counseling.

Content includes:

  • More than 480 full-text journals and
  • More than 300 full-text journals with citations in PsycINFO.

When you are off-campus, the EBSCOhost platform that includes the Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection requires a separate set of login credentials that you will enter at the EBSCOHost login screen. For Jackson students Please send a request with your name and student id to to receive the current login id and password. For Orlando students, please send a request to to receive your login credentials.