What is ATLA?

ATLA is an online database for theology and religious studies created by The American Theological Library Association.  

Why would I use ATLA?

ATLA can be used to enhance your research for class papers.  It is also a valuable resource for clergy and parish leaders seeking to deepen their Christian formation offerings or for personal enrichment.

How do I access ATLA?

You can access ATLA by clicking this link. You will need the SSFM username and password.  If you are a SSFM student, you can obtain that username and password by logging into Populi and going to the Files section (very top left) and choosing Student Policies and Procedures for the document named “Accessing ATLA.” It will provide you with the username and password. If you are not a SSFM student, please email Michael Nailor.

How do I use ATLA?

Once you have logged into the ATLA system, you can use it like most other search engines. If you know exactly what you are looking for via the title or author, you can type that into the box and click “Search.”  If you are not sure about the exact nature of your search or if that returns too many records to be helpful, you can use “Advanced Search” and look based on other criteria such as subject, date published, journal name, etc.