How do I find items on a Bible passage?

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Getting Started

An index to Scripture passages is one of the most useful features of electronic resources designed for theological research.

The Kroemer Library offers several sites that have such an index. In this tutorial, we will take a look at:

  • ATLA Religion Database
  • The CTSFW Media Site

Throughout this tutorial, keep an eye out for text in bold which will be a marker for an action you can perform, and for underlined Keywords which you can click for more information.

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ATLA Religion Database

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The ATLA Religion Index covers journal articles, books and chapters of books in the fields of Religion and Christian Theology.

Normally, you can find a like to the ATLA Index under Bibliographies and Indexes on the Kroemer Library resources page.

Image demonstrating the location of the ATLA link

So that you don't lose this tutorial, click here to proceed: ATLA Index.

Note: If you are off campus, you will be asked to sign in before you are able to access the ATLA Index. You can sign in using your library barcode and password.

ATLA Religion Database

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The EBSCOHost search page will appear next. It is set to search the ATLA Religion Index. You can see the text above the search box says, “Searching: ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.”

Image showing the search box on the ATLA page.

There are several links in the navigation menu at the top left of the page.

Image of the EBSCO Menu

Click the “Scriptures” link in this menu.

There will next appear a list of the books of the Bible.

ATLA Religion Database

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For the purposes of this tutorial, let's look for articles about Genesis 3:15.

Click on “[Expand]” next to “Genesis.”

Image showing the location of the "Expand" link.

A list of the chapters in Genesis will appear in the window. Click “[Expand]” next to “Chapter 3.”

A list of the Verses in Genesis 3 will appear. Find and click on Verse 15.

ATLA Religion Index will now search for articles and chapters that discuss Genesis 3:15.

Many of the results will be available in full text which you may view by clicking “PDF Full Text.”

ATLA Religion Database

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If you are interested in articles from a whole chapter or a whole book, you may click the chapter number or book name for those results instead of clicking on expand. These results may be overly broad, however, so it is often best to narrow your search down to a chapter or verse.

CTSFW Media Site

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The CTSFW Media Site contains a variety of articles, booklets, books, video and audio related to theology.

You can get to the Media Site using the link under “Electronic Collections” on the Kroemer Library resources page.

Image showing the location of the Media Site link

You can also type into your browser. So that you don’t lose this tutorial, click here:

This site is open to the internet, so you will not need a username and password to use it.

CTSFW Media Site

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Once you are on the Media Server home page, look for the Browse Titles By... drop down menu. It is in the upper left hand corner of the window.

Media Server drop down menu

Click "Browse Titles By..."

Next, Select "Scripture Verses" from the dropdown menu.

Drop Down Menu

CTSFW Media Site

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A page will appear with the books of the Bible listed in the left column, a center column for the display of chapters and a right column for the display of verses.

Bible Index Page

Let's look for resources on Genesis 3:15.

Select Genesis in the left column menu. A column will appear in the center with chapter numbers displayed.

Click 3 in the center column to select chapter three. A column will appear on the right with verse numbers displayed.

Verse Selection Page

Click 15 in the right column to select verse 15. Note, the boxes for the individual verses also displays the number of titles related to that verse.

After you click verse 15, a page will display listing all the resources in the Media Site on Genesis 3:15. The number of results for a given scripture verse is growing all the time as we continue to add content to our Media Site.


This concludes the tutorial. You should now know how to find items based on a specific scripture verse in both the ATLA Serials database and the CTSFW Media Site.

Now that you know how to find items based on a specific passage of Scripture, you may also want to try one of our other guides: