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Luther Rice University Bertha Smith Library Learning to Use ATLAS
In this tutorial, you will learn... What ATLAS is, What ATLAS is, How to access ATLASHow to access ATLAS, How to access ATLAS How to quickly and efficiently search ATLAS, and How to quickly and efficiently search ATLAS, and How to read and print articles from ATLAS How to read and print articles from ATLAS Been through the tutorial before? Click the links to go directly to the corresponding sections.
What is ATLAS? ATLASerials (ATLAS) is an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. ATLAS users can read articles or research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present. Researchers may search ATLA citations, or browse ATLASerials to retrieve images of the pages of journals.* *From ATLAS help page ATLAS contains over 80 well known journals, including: Bibliotheca Sacra Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society Novum testamentum Review and Expositor And more! Theology Today Interpretation Church History
Accessing ATLAS There are two ways to access ATLAS : On Campus Online 1.Find any available Library or Computer Lab terminal, 2.Go to the LRU Library websitewebsite 3. Double-click the “ATLAS” oncampus link on the Frequently Used Databases page. 1.Go to the LRU Library websitewebsite 2.From the Main Menu choose Frequently Used Databases 3.Click on the “ATLAS” link 4.Login by using your username and Password *. *You may have to hold CTRL while clicking if you have Internet Explorer Popup Blocker enabled 1.Go to the LRU Library websitewebsite 2.From the Main Menu choose Frequently Used Databases 3.Click on the “ATLAS” link 4.Login by using your username and Password *. 1.Go to the LRU Library websitewebsite 2.From the Main Menu choose Frequently Used Databases 3.Click on the “ATLAS” link 4.Login by using your username and Password *.
ATLAS Layout ATLAS provides you with a very simple layout that is quick and easy to use. The Main Menu lets you choose where you want to be in the ATLAS database.The “Help” tab takes you to the help page. It offers a general introduction to Atlas, including technical information—such as logging in and browser settings—to general information—such as search and access procedures. It is definitely recommended reading! The “Browse Journals” tab takes you to a complete list of journals available through ATLAS, which you can browse at your convenience. The “Search” tab takes you to the main search page as seen at the right. Do NOT click this after entering your search terms, as it will refresh the page and lose your information. The “Exit Atlas” tab does exactly that. It logs you off of ATLAS.These are the search fields available in ATLAS that you can use to locate material.Enter your search terms into these search bars.Limit your search results by year or type of publication.
Searching ATLAS If you aren’t at the search page, click the “Search” tab in the Main Menu. Then enter your search terms in the appropriate field. You can search by Keyword... Record #... Title... Subject... Scripture passage... Journal... Language... Author... Or ISSN...
Searching ATLAS Use Boolean Operators to expand your search capabilities AND searches for both words in a given field OR searches for either word in a given field NOT searches for the first word in a given field, but not the second
Searching ATLAS You can also truncate words to help you search Use * (Shift + 8) after a word to find all possible variations. “Hist*” will find all occurrences of “history”, “historical”, and “historicity” “Bapt*” will find all occurrences of “baptize”, “baptism,” “baptist”, etc.
Searching ATLAS Enter search terms in multiple fields to focus your searches Limit your searches to focus your results. Click “Submit Search,” and wait for your results...
Search Tips Be sure you know how to use each of the search fields correctly to maximize your search’s potential: Keyword Use this field to retrieve an article or review with a particular word or phrase any where within the full citation with the exception of Language, Scripture Passage, Year or Record type. Language, Scripture Passage, Year or Record Type terms should be searched in other fields or as limiters. Author/Editor Use this field to retrieve an article or review by a particular author, editor, translator, or reviewer. Both individual personal names and collective corporate names are included in this Search Field. Personal names are usually indexed in the inverted form: last name, first name middle name (or middle initial). Title Use this field to retrieve an article, review or serial description with a particular word or phrase within its cited title. Subjects Use this field to retrieve an article that has been assigned a particular ATLA subject heading. Scripture subject headings are included under the heading “Bible? Personal name subject headings are included, as well as fictional and mythical characters.
Scripture Passages Use this field to retrieve an article that makes reference to a particular scripture passage. Most references indexed in this field are canonical; there are very few apocryphal references. It is possible to construct a search that specifies a scriptural book, chapter, and/or range of verses. Multiple biblical books require that the number of the book being searched be spelled out prior to the name of the book. Example: Genesis 1: 1-20 Result: Returns records discussing the first chapter of the book Genesis, verses one through twenty. Example: Matthew-John Result: Returns all records discussing the book Matthew through and including the book John. Example: First Kings 2-7 Result: Returns all records discussing the first book of Kings, verses two through seven. Example: First Kings 2-Second Kings 1 Result: Returns all records discussing the second chapter of the first book of Kings through the first chapter of the second book of Kings. Citations referencing specific scriptural passages are also indexed in the Subjects data field under the heading “Bible? Because indexing practices vary between the two data fields, a search for the same scripture citation in the Subjects and Scripture Passage fields may not yield identical results. It may be profitable to perform a scripture search using both fields. Journal Use this field to retrieve an article or review published in a specific journal or journal issue. This field can also be used to retrieve the serial record of a specific journal. Language Use this field to retrieve an article or review written in a specific language. Search Tips
Record # Use this field to retrieve article, review or serials records assigned a unique number by ATLA. Records that indicate a relationship with another record will also be retrieved when that record’s unique number is searched. ISSN Use this field to retrieve serial records, or articles and reviews within a serial publication with a given International Standard Serial Number. Limiters: Year Use this field to retrieve an article or review published in a particular year or a serial that started in a specific year. The pull-down menu allows for selection of the type of year input: All years, Greater than (a specified year), Less than (a specified year), Equal to (a specified year), or a range (of specified years). Limiters: Type Use this field to retrieve specific types of records. There are three possible record types. Article: Retrieves ATLA citations of articles and other journal contents along with the link to the available images of that material. Review: Retrieves ATLA citations of reviews within journals along with the link to the available images of that material. Serial: Retrieves ATLA citations describing journal titles and their relationship to other journal titles along with links to the volume list of the ATLAS coverage for that title.
Use Boolean Operators to refine your searches. ATLAS recognizes the operators AND, NOT, and OR. ANDFinds articles with both words in the selected field. ORFinds articles with either word in the selected field. NOTFinds articles with the first word, but not the second, in the selected field. Truncate words to broaden you search results. In ATLAS, the truncation symbol is * Example: Bap* or Bapt* or Baptis* Result: Retrieves records that contain the words Baptist, Baptism, Baptismal, etc. Example: Spa* Result: Retrieves records that contain the words Spain, Spanish, Spaniard, etc. Alternatively, it is also possible to enter the "*" symbol within a word in order to retrieve an increased result set. Example: wom*n Result: Retrieves records that contain the words woman, women, womyn. Example: analy*e Result: Retrieves records that contain either the word analyze or analyse Note: ATLA recommends use of truncation searching only in the following fields: Keyword, Author/Editor, Title, Subjects, Journal, and ISSN. Truncation cannot be used in the Scripture Search. Use Phrase Searching to find exact matches. Simply put the search terms in quotation marks. Note that Boolean Operators within quotations are treated as part of the phrase. Example: 'philosophy or miracles' Result: Retrieves records that include the exact phrase "philosophy or miracles". Search Tips
Browsing by Journal ATLAS also allows you to browse the various publication titles it indexes. Simply click the “Browse Journals” tab in the Main Menu. A new screen will come up showing a complete list of journal titles available. To access a publication, just click the title.
Accessing and reading Articles In this last section, we will deal with how to access the documents found in your searches and what you can do with them. Suppose we want to research general revelation. Our search may look like this... And our results like this...
Accessing and reading Articles We decide the second article looks the most promising. First, we access the bibliographic information by clicking “Complete Citation.” From there, we can get such information as the Author, ISSN, Record #, etc. We can read the actual article by clicking “View Article.”
Accessing and reading Articles The full text of the article is available in the reading window. Note that the article is in a scanned format, so you view it page by page as in a regular journal. To move forward or backward, use the page navigation buttons. The single arrows move forward or backward one page The double arrows move to the first and last pages of the journal. To print the article or page use ATLAS’ “Print” feature (NOT your browser’s print command!) To see what other articles are available in this issue of the journal, click the “Table of Contents” icon. And to view the other issues available in this journal of the same year, click the “Issue List” icon. To go to a specific page in this issue, type the number in the “Go to Page” bar and click “GO”
Accessing and reading Articles To print from ATLAS, input the range of pages you want to print. Then click “Redisplay” The pages to be printed will appear in the print preview window. Then click “Print.”
For further help... Congratulations! You’ve completed the Bertha Smith ATLAS Tutorial. If you have any further questions, you can: Congratulations! You’ve completed the Bertha Smith ATLAS Tutorial. If you have any further questions, you can: See the search tips section on the ATLAS search page, See the search tips section on the ATLAS search page, See the Guide to Searching Library Databases at any of the on- campus computer terminals, See the Guide to Searching Library Databases at any of the on- campus computer terminals, Request assistance from any of the Library staff, or Request assistance from any of the Library staff, or Send questions to or call ext Send questions to or call ext. Happy searching! Happy searching!