The Library has a wide range of resources from books, journals and theses to dictionaries, online databases and more.

To get a good understanding of your topic, you will need to use a variety of different resources. Check out below under Finding Resources tips on how to search for books, journals, conference papers etc.


  • To locate material in hard copy, go to the catalogue FindIt@Flinders.
  • Type in the title for e.g. Earth, faith and mission or the author Clive Ayre
  • You can limit the search to items only available at the Adelaide Theological Library by selecting Theology on the right hand side under Library and then click Apply Filters
  • Check if the item is available and make note of the location (for e.g. Main Collection). Write down the call number to locate the item (e.g. 261.88 A984e)
  • For more information on how to search FindIt-help@Flinders, click here.

The ATL subscribes to two eBook collections and the Oxford Religion Collections. Books are easy to find and download for offline use.

To access electronic resources you will be required to ‘authenticate’ using

  • your ACD student number (eg ACD12345) and leave the password blank
  • or for Flinders students, your FAN and password

Journal articles are very useful if you want to access most recent and relevant material on your research topic.

  • If you have a citation click on our Journal list to see if we subscribe to it
  • If you know your search terms for e.g. “Theology” and “Barth” search FindIt@Flinders and limit your search on the right hand side to Peer-reviewed Journals and Full Text Online under Availability and click Apply Filters. Make sure the article you’re trying to access has this prompt: Access only available to Theology students and Adelaide Theological Library patrons
  • If you know your search terms you can also go straight to our theology Databases

To access journals online you will be required to ‘authenticate’ using

  • your ACD student number (eg ACD12345) and leave the password blank
  • or for Flinders students, your FAN and password

The library holds copies of higher degree theses which could be a valuable resource when you are looking for background information on a topic for your assignment.

  • 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

Papers researchers have produced for a conference are sometimes tricky to find but worth looking for as they give good background information on a subject area of interest.

  • Go to FindIt@Flinders
  • Type in your search terms
  • Select “Conference proceedings” on the right hand side under Resource Type then click on Apply Filters
  • You could also search our Databases or Google or Trove

Still confused? To see what resources we recommend for your subject area, try our Subject Guides.

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  • ACD wireless network is available to our students and staff
  • Study pods fitted with power points for your laptop
  • Equipment for printing, scanning and photocopying
  • Computer workstations
  • Group discussion room