The Adelaide Theological Library subscribes to a number of scholarly databases.

Authentication: if you are off campus, a login screen will appear. To authenticate use: your ACD student number (eg ACD12345)/Library Barcode and leave the password blank or for Flinders students, use your FAN and password. If you are unsure of your details or don’t have a library card? Contact library staff

Flinders University staff and students can access both the ATL databases and a broader range of databases via the Flinders University Library A-Z Database page. To access these databases use your FAN and password.

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Undergraduate and Post Graduate Databases

EBSCO – is a suite of religious and theological databases including electronic books. These databases can be searched separately or concurrently. Help Tutorials see below:

EBSCOhost Basic Search

  • EBSCO eBook and EBSCO eBook Religion Collection are two collections that provide electronic book titles ranging from introductory texts for undergraduate coursework to more complex and detailed works for advanced students and scholars in the Religion discipline. The eBooks included in the subscription cover diverse worldwide religions and explore popular areas of study such as the social, cultural, and historical impacts of religion
  • ATLA Religion Database with Atla Serials Plus combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with Atla’s largest collection of full text religion and theology journals. AtlasPLUS contains more than 480 full text titles, including all AtlaSerials® (Atlas®) titles. This database is produced by Atla, a membership association of collectors and connectors in religion and theology.
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection – provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
  • Open Dissertations is an open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. It incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations, and features additional dissertation metadata contributed by select colleges and universities from around the world. Providing researchers with citations to graduate research across a span of time, from the early 20th century to the present, this database will continue to grow through regular updates and new partnerships with graduate degree-granting institutions.

Informit – contains a series of Australian databases covering Education, APA-FT Australian Public Affairs-Full Text, Business, Families and Society Collection, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indigenous Collection, Literature and Culture Collection. You can search individually or as a complete collection. Informit help

Oxford Religion Handbooks Onlineis a collection of 113 peer reviewed electronic handbooks on Religious issues. The collection contains in-depth research and high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Oxford Handbooks is one of the most prestigious and successful strands of Oxford’s scholarly publishing. Click here for the complete list of titles. For more information: 

  • Oxford Very Short Introductions – Religion Collectionoffers short original introductions to a wide range of religious subjects. Each eBook is written by experts in a given field to provide key points, facts, analysis and insights on topics. The books are an excellent resource to develop your core understanding on a given subject. The Religion subject area offers access to 70 key eBook introductions from ‘Abrahamic Religions’ to ‘Zionism’. Click here for the complete list of titles. For more information:

Oxford Biblical Studies Online – Search across multiple versions of the Bible, and compare different texts and commentaries in an innovative side-by-side view. Contains more than 5,000 A-Z entries and chapters from Oxford references. Hundreds of images and maps provide visual perspectives of the biblical world. Tools & Resources contains Internet resources selected by specialists in the field, tables and charts of biblical calendars, weights and measures, suggested reading lists for further research, and more. Tutorial: Guided Tour

New Interpreter’s Bible, A Commentary in Twelve Volumes (2012) –  an excellent commentary resource for all students and scholars. The series includes general articles, commentary and reflections for each book of the Bible including the Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books.


Biblical Commentaries – Also included in the NIB subscription are links to additional Biblical Commentaries including:

NOTE: If the Links don’t open to the individual commentaries, please click on the BROWSE tab and click on the entry that way.

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion brings together the writings of scholars from around the globe exploring the practice, philosophy, influence and lived experience of religion. The resource contains over 300 in-depth, peer reviewed articles and is updated monthly. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion includes information on the world’s many religions, the study of scriptures, practices, social contexts and history across religious traditions. Tutorial: Guided Tour

Google Scholar – Google Scholar can be useful for finding search terms and some free resources. It searches across many disciplines and sources for scholarly literature including articles, theses, books and abstracts from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.  (Please note, ATL students will have some access restrictions on viewing articles). Google Scholar help (Flinders students are recommended to search Google Scholar via the Flinders University Library A-Z Database page as you can link directly through to articles).

Sharing the World – eLibrary is an open source of theological library resources freely available to assist seminarians, theology students and clergy, pastoral workers and others lacking access to adequate theological library resources.

Post graduate Databases for more specialised advance searching

In addition to the databases above consider:

ARI Australia – The Australasian Religion Index (ARI) is an author and subject index covering over eighty religious and theological serials published in Australia or New Zealand and representing all religious traditions. ARI indexes articles, notes and book reviews in religious studies, theology and related fields in the humanities and social sciences.

Flinders A-Z Databases – (Flinders students only)

Theses collections – All Flinders University theses are held by the library are catalogued on FindIt@Flinders.

The library holds copies of all higher degree theses (doctorates and masters level), either in digital or hard copy format. Many honours theses are also held in hard copy. Adelaide Theological Library also has copies of some theology theses.

  • Go to FindIt@Flinders
  • Select Advanced Search on the right hand side
  • Type in the title for e.g. “Uniting church” or “Adelaide College of Divinity” and “thesis”
  • Select Material Type and click on Flinders Thesis

  • eTHOS – Electronic thesis online service (British Library)
  • RIM – Research in ministry (ATLA)
  • TREN – Theological research exchange network
  • TROVE – NLA (search allows to limit by “thesis” format)
  • CRL – Center for Research Libraries dissertations
  • DEEP – DART Europe E-theses Portal
  • EBSCO  – Open Dissertations

Trove – Find Australian and online resources including: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.


  • To find theses written by students of Adelaide College of Divinity click: Research & Reports


  • Than on the next page select ‘Thesis” in Format
  • Add in further information such as Title of thesis, subject, author, or keywords to refine your search


To request articles:

  • ACD postgraduate students contact ATL library staff by email or phone (08) 8416 8416
  • Flinders students use Document Delivery

Still confused? Book a personalised Training session with an ATL Librarian by email or phone (08) 8416 8416