Bibliotherapy: Poetry Therapy or Therapeutic Story-telling

The Family Relations journal is available online by remote access, and on campus access, to E.M. White Library patrons. In the most recent issue, Vol. 70, Issue 2, of the journal there’s an article on Bibliotherapy, which may be of interest to students and faculty studying grief and loss. Here are two quotes from it. To read the article, just use the DOI link in the citation (remote access login will open first).

Bibliotherapy (also referred to as poetry therapy or therapeutic storytelling) is a creative arts therapy modality (see http://www.nccata.org) that involves storytelling, the reading of specific texts or writing with the purpose of healing. This brief report discusses the use of stories drawn from literary resources (poetry, memoir, fiction, drama, song lyrics, vignettes from film clips, and related sources) as powerful prompts for reflection and validation (see McCullis, 2012). These stories also are presented as catalysts for discernment of options useful when on the cusp or moving through thresholds that include losses.

Bowman, T. (2021). Lessons From the Field. Family Grief Care and Bibliotherapy: A Call for Models and Studies. Family Relations 70 (2): p. 402-407. https://doi-org.lpts.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/fare.12539

For this Lesson From the Field report, I write as a family and grief educator to advocate for greater attention to bibliotherapy by family scientists, therapists, and educators. Bibliotherapy (also referred to as poetry therapy or therapeutic storytelling) is the use of literary resources, storytelling, or writing with the purpose of healing.

Bowman, T. (2021). Lessons From the Field. Family Grief Care and Bibliotherapy: A Call for Models and Studies. Family Relations 70 (2): p. 402-407. https://doi-org.lpts.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/fare.12539

I The mourning dove in the photo is one of a pair in our Garden of Grace. The doves return every Spring to lay eggs and hatch babies in our garden. Once upon a time, when I was grieving, I even wrote a parable about the garden and its critters. You can read The Economy of Grace on One Church, Many Voices. My very own bibliotherapy!

E. M. White Library Research Databases

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Academic Search Complete is a cross disciplinary database covering general humanities, social sciences, business, and current events. This is one of the most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text databases, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals. [Link to title list] Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

African American Historical Serials Collection developed in conjunction with American Theological Library Association (Atla) as an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture, features more than 170 unique publications spanning from 1829 through 1922. This collection includes periodicals, newspapers and magazines, in addition to reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions. [Link to title list] Database description available here. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

APA PsychInfo is the world’s largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association, it is an indispensable tool for the discovery of global scholarly research. Currently, there are 2, 281 journals included but the list changes often so be sure to check the title list as needed. Link to titles list | PsychInfo User Guide. Uses the EBSCOHost interface

ARTSTOR (from JSTOR) – The Artstor Digital Library provide straightforward access to curated images from reliable sources that have been rights-cleared for use in education and research — you are free to use them in classroom instruction and handouts, presentations, student assignments, and other noncommercial educational and scholarly activities.

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. Includes 530 full text journals. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

AtlaSerials, Religion Collection contains 360+ full text major religion and theology journals. This database is produced by Atla, a membership association of collectors and connectors in religion and theology. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Audiobooks Collection includes titles which you can borrow and listen to. You can sample the book freely or create an account to borrow an audio-book on your mobile device. Here is an EBSCO Tutorial for How To Use Audiobooks  | About EBSCO AudioBooks. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Business Source Premier provides access to scholarly journals, trade publications, and newspapers as well as company profiles, industry reports, and more.

Child Development and Adolescent Studies produced by NISC, is today’s source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed. More than 342,000 records are included with over 10,000 new records added each year. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

CINAHL With Full Text provides comprehensive indexing of the nursing and allied health journal literature. It includes indexing for over 5,000 journals, including publications in nursing and allied health, consumer health, alternative/complementary medicine, biomedicine, and health sciences librarianship. It also includes citations for health care books, book chapters, nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisual materials, and publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In addition to this indexing, CINAHL with Full Text includes the full text of over 300 journals, legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, research instruments, and clinical trials. The database also offers cited references searching, an image collection, and Pre-CINAHL citations, which are brief citations for new journal articles that have not yet been assigned subject headings. CINAHL is the electronic continuation of the print publication Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. 1963-present; full text from 1981-present. Subjects covered: Alcohol Studies; Nursing; Health Related Professions; Childhood Studies; Dissertations; Psychology/Behavioral Sciences. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Consumer Health Reference eBook Collection Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Digital Karl Barth Library – Included in the collection is the English translation of Barth’s magnum opus and The Church Dogmatics in its entirety. The original German version, Die kirchliche Dogmatik, is also included as are the first 45 volumes of Barth’s Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings. These volumes are supplemented by seven additional German works that have not yet been published as part of the Gesamtausgabe and English translations of thirteen important texts by Barth. Produced in association with the Theologischer Verlag Zürich (TVZ) and Princeton Theological Seminary, Alexander Street Press is pleased to offer the first major online collection of Karl Barth’s works combining comprehensiveness with a carefully crafted set of text-analysis tools.

Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts – The collection includes digital facsimiles and searchable texts of Protestant Christian reformers including Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Tyndale, Melanchthon, Beza, Bucer, Bullinger, Chemnitz, Episcopius, Oecolampadius, Cranmer, Menno Simons, Arminius, and many others whose writings shaped and defined the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, Anabaptist, Puritan, and Congregationalist traditions. Some works supplemented by English translations. Selected by scholars from universities across Europe and the U.S. including Harvard, Geneva, Tubingen, Zurich, Cambridge, Princeton, Oxford, Duke, Yale, and Munich. 

The DSM-5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing from Psychotherapy.net Streaming Video Services. 4-video series. In this first series of its kind, get a comprehensive course in the DSM-5, its uses and misuses, as well as step-by-step instructions in diagnosis and psychodiagnostic interviewing. Using vignettes of 11 different clients struggling with some of the most common diagnoses, Jason Buckles and Victor Yalom instruct viewers in the delicate balance of obtaining diagnostic information while creating a warm alliance with new clients. This link also includes 46 other streaming videos of relevance to the Marriage and Family Therapy program. [Title List of 50 videos]

eBook Collection – This collection includes all of the ebook titles owned by the Library as well as the titles from the eBook Religion and eBook Academic Collections described below. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

eBook Academic Collection – ~ 203,500 e-books in multi-disciplinary subjects. Full text books are in subjects of Business and Economics, Education, Language arts and disciplines, Political science, Religion, Literary criticism, Medical, Social Science, Philosophy, Technology and Engineering, World History. New ebook titles are added quarterly. Detailed product information about this collection is available on the vendor website, here. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

eBook K-8 Collection This collection offers full text titles with unlimited access designed specifically to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all academic subjects from History, to Language and Literature, to Science & Technology. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

eBook Religion Collection – 9,180 titles from over 150 publishers covering a broad range of religious subjects including philosophy, ethics, history of religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, religious texts and more. This compilation of texts explores religious beliefs, faith, cultural systems and world views. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Encyclopedia Britannica / Britannica Academic – Specifically designed for the research and productivity requirements of colleges and academic libraries. Britannica strives to be a current, accurate, and comprehensive source for college level learners and faculty. International in scope.

Encyclopedia Judaica – Encyclopaedia Judaica by Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, eds. 2nded. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 18015 pp. 22 vols. Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to “Americana” and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers and students. Published by Gale and uses the Gale ebooks interface; don’t forget to choose a volume from midway on the screen. Example, if you are looking for the Hebrew word shekinah (shecinah) choose 18 San – Sol and then find the word. 

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Online – If this link does not work, please email library@lpts.edu. The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) is the first and only comprehensive reference work devoted to the Bible and its reception. With 7315 online entries, it is an essential resource for scholars in Biblical, Cultural, and Religious Studies and related fields. Brought to us by De Gruyter. EBR (~18 volumes) is also available in print in the library Reference Room.

Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910. This collection contains records of the Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) of the Presbyterian Church which comment on social conditions in developing nations and on efforts to spread the gospel during the nineteenth century. The majority of the material in this collection consists of incoming correspondence from the mission field and outgoing correspondence from the Board headquarters. Other primary sources include diary accounts, sermon manuscripts, receipts of sale, and field accounts. This is a Gale Archives Unbound collection.

Evangelism in India: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1833-1910 This collection documents the Board of Foreign Missions’ tripartite ministry (Farukhabad, Punjab, and the West Indian missions) in India. Documents include recorded reactions to foreigners generally and Protestant missionaries specifically, discontent with British rule and the development of the Independence movement, and racial and internecine religious warfare between Hindu and Muslim populations. This is a Gale Archives Unbound collection.

Evangelism and the Syria-Lebanon Mission: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1869-1910 The records of the Board of Foreign Missions document social conditions in Greater Syria and Lebanon as well as efforts to spread the gospel during the nineteenth century. The majority of the records in this collection consist of incoming correspondence from the mission field and outgoing correspondence from the Board headquarters. The work documented here was conducted through four main stations: Beirut, occupied in 1823; Tripoli, opened in 1848; Sidon, occupied in 1851; and Aleppo, in 1920. This is a Gale Archives Unbound collection. 

Family & Society Studies Worldwide includes more than 2.1 million records from 1902 to the present including: Book chapters, books, conference papers, professional journals, statistical documents, and theses and dissertations.  Comprised of four database files, Family & Society Studies Worldwide meets educational needs of professionals in all fields of social work, social science and family practice. It indexes publications from a wide range of social science disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history and social work. Majority of records are not available full text. [Link to title list] Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Global Missions and Theology – By reproducing personal narratives, organizational records, and biographies of leaders, missionaries, and churches, this collection documents the broad range of Nineteenth Century religious missionary activities, practices and thought in the United States. Included are materials on missionary activities among Native Americans and African Americans. In addition, it highlights activities in distant regions and countries, such as Africa, Fiji and Sandwich Islands, India, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii. This is a Gale Archives Unbound collection.

Grassroots Civil Rights and Social Action: Council for Social Action was established by the Congregational Christian Churches in 1934; the Council for Social Action sought to focus and organize concern for service, international relations, citizenship, Japanese-Americans, rural life, and legislative, industrial and cultural relations. The records in this collection trace the work of the Council for Social Action, and is sourced from the Congregational Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Records contained in this collection span from 1934 to 1956. This is a Gale Archives Unbound collection.  

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,000,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 15,000 records. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Health Source Consumer Edition is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection JSTOR is a premier humanities digital library with a powerful research and teaching platform. In addition to the journals in the Religion and Theology collection (title list forthcoming here), we can access more than 6,500 Open Access ebooks from 90 publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press (title list here). IMPORTANT NOTE: As with all our subscription research databases, you will need to log in if you are off campus. After logging in with your remote access credentials, please look for the Access provided by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary message on top of the JSTOR screen. This ensures that you have full access to our licensed content and you do not need to log into JSTOR again or create a personal account with JSTOR.

Ministry Matters – Online access to a diverse collection of resources designed to aid the minister in preaching, teaching, and study. Access to well known commentary series, dictionaries, and more. Links to blogs, articles, what others are doing in the field of ministry today. Be sure to open the Research Library tab to see a list of titles available.

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online – This online resource provides unrivaled access to six essential Oxford editions of the Bible alongside commentary and annotations from study Bibles seamlessly combined with reference material and primary texts.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection -nearly 480 full-text journals covering: emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, observational and experimental methods, and psychiatry and psychology.This collection offers particularly strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling. [Link to title list] Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Psychotherapy.net – 50 streaming videos, selected by the Marriage and Family Therapy Dept. Includes the DSM-5 video series mentioned above. [Link to List of Titles]

Small Business Reference Center – Small Business Reference Center allows you to access Small Business Start-Up guides by State from the Basic Search screen. Uses the Business Searching Interface (BSI), EBSCO’s highly focused user interface created especially for the business searcher. Small Business Center Browsing Guide |  Frequently Asked Questions about the Business Searching Interface.

Sociological Collection provides coverage of more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost. Uses the EBSCOHost interface.

Digital Resources Guide

Credentials: Off-campus access to E. M. White library e-resources requires a Username and Password:

  • Username: Library Barcode (backside of your LPTS ID)
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Troubleshooting: Email library@lpts.edu if you encounter any access issues. Include the following:

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Find Journal Articles:

General (all-disciplines) Research Database:

  • Academic Search Premier – includes magazine and scholarly journal articles on a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

MAR Religious Studies Related Research Databases:

MDIV + DMIN Divinity Related Research Databases:

  • Ministry Matters – diverse collection of resources designed to aid the minister in preaching, teaching, and study. Access commentary series, dictionaries, and more by clicking on “Research Library.”
  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online – integrates scholarly texts and reference works that provide background, context, and issues related to the Bible.

MFT Psychology and Therapy Related Research Databases:

  • APA Psychinfo – premier behavioral science and mental health research database. Includes over 2,000 scholarly journal titles. Psychinfo User Guide.
  • Family Studies Abstracts – covers essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, and family therapy.
  • Child Development and Adolescent Studies – includes scholarly journals, videos, technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations related to the growth and development of children through the age of 21.


  • Morgan Discovery (library catalog) – limited to “e-books”
  • eBook Religion Collection – contains more than 6,000 titles from over 150 publishers covering a broad range of religious subjects
  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online – includes scholarly texts and reference works
  • Ministry Matters – includes commentaries and books designed to aid the minister in preaching, teaching, and study. Open the Research Library tab to see a list of titles.

Complete List (A-Z) of all available Research Databases

New Print Books — May 10 2021

Open Access Titles Added to Atla in April

On April 27, 2001, Atla announced the addition of three new full-text, open-access journals:

  • Al-Fikr al-islāmī al-muʿāṣir [Contemporary Islamic Thought] by International Institute of Islamic Thought
    As stated by the IIIT, the aim of this publication is to: “(1) Facilitate methodological reform in Muslim thought by introducing and developing the concept and practice of ijtihad (creative intellectual reasoning on the basis of Islam’s principle sources) as a decision-making tool for the betterment of life in general; (2) Promote awareness, research, and education in Muslim societies; and (3) Formulate critical academic methodologies, tools, and policies which respond to the ongoing breakthroughs in human knowledge as a whole and which support and drive the revision and investment of Islamic knowledge.”
  • Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal by Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
    This primary publication of the DBTS seeks to address an array of theological, exegetical, and missional concerns facing the 21st-century church and its leaders. Offerings are intended to be of interest to prospective students, seminarians, pastors, missionaries and scholars.
  • International Journal of Cultic Studies by International Cultic Studies Association
    This publication seeks to advance the understanding of cultic phenomena in their relationship to individuals, families, and society, notably in their psychological, social, legal, educational, religious, and cultural dimensions.

To see a complete list of all of the new additions to the Atla suite of research finding aids, visit the Atla blog post for April 27, 2021.

New Books

Henson, Maria Rosa, Toshiyuki Tanaka, and Cynthia H Enloe. Comfort Woman: A Filipina’s Story of Prostitution and Slavery under the Japanese Military. Second ed. Asian Voices. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Maria Rosa Henson was forced into slavery and prostitution as a “comfort woman” during Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. Rosa recalls her upbringing as an illegitimate child, working for the Huk guerrillas, wartime, and a marriage that left her a single mother. Through Rosa’s riveting accounts and reflections, we are led on a journey of violent experiences and triumphs that she endured throughout her life. This autobiography is a staple in bring forth the violence experienced by women. Summary provided by MAR student Megan Reed. https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/961183366

Shelf location: D 810 .C698 H47 2017

Cimperman, Maria, and Roger Schroeder, eds. Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020.

Renowned practitioners, theologians, and psychologists engage in the conversation of intercultural living and ministry today. They dive deep into spiritual concepts, explain related terms, and provide practical tools to help us understand and accept our cultural diversity. The insights presented in this book will be essential to those wanting to strengthen intercultural relationships and advocate for inclusivity as they minister to individuals, communities, and the church. Summary provided by MAR student Megan Reed. https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1114555098

Shelf location: BX 2435 .E45 2020

Langtree, Karen, and Natalia Moore. Heaven’s Big Secret: The Easter Story. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2020.

Two of the smallest angels, Alfie and Alia, are determined to find out what the big angels in heaven are whispering about. As they journey to Earth in curiosity, they meet many furry friends ad discover the story of Easter. This exciting tale allows for children to engage with the story of Easter through relatable characters and bold, colorful pictures. Summary provided by MAR student Megan Reed. https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1140154321

Shelf location: BT 481 .L364 2020

Alexander, Cecil Frances, and Jean Claude. All Things Bright and Beautiful. SPCK, 2020.

Based on the classic hymn “All things bright and beautiful,” we get to experience and celebrate creation through this eye-catching colorful book. As ‘bright’ and ‘beautiful’ as the illustrations are in this exceptional children’s book, all readers will come to understand the essence of the creation that surrounds us. Summary provided by MAR student Megan Reed. https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1130638949

Shelf location: BT 695.5 A44 2020

Sloan, Michelle, and Summer Macon. Extraordinary Women of the Bible. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2020.

Let’s learn about the incredible women in the Bible! Deborah, Ester, Prisca, and Rahab are a few important women with great contributions in the Bible. In this meticulous and diverse children’s book, we journey with these extraordinary women through their struggles and triumphs and how their stories intertwine within the Bible. Summary provided by MAR student Megan Reed. https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1140165481

Shelf location: BS 575 .S538 2020

New EBooks – March 2021

In March, the following ebooks requested by faculty have been added to the library. If you are off campus, login with remote access credentials.

Bal, Mieke. Narratology : Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Fourth edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1003284695

Cochrane, Steve. Asia’s Forgotten Christian Story : Story of the Church of the East Monastic Mission in Ninth-Century Asia. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2019. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1134148565

Fodor, Jim, and Mike Higton. The Routledge Companion to the Practice of Christian Theology. London: Routledge, 2015. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/904799130

Klawans, Jonathan, and Lawrence M. Wills. The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1201532520

St. Clair, Raquel A. Call and Consequences: A Womanist Reading of Mark. 1517 Media, 2008. JSTOR, Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1241558763

Law, David R. Historical-Critical Method : A Guide for the Perplexed. Guides for the Perplexed. London: Continuum International Publishing, 2012. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/793996912

Tobin Anthony Siebers. Disability Theory. Corporealities. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Permalink: https://lpts.on.worldcat.org/oclc/608299067

ATLA’s Focus on Asia

ATLA (the American Theological Library Association) lists diversification as one of its key goals for inclusion of titles in its Religion Database: “Expanding in geographic coverage, content areas, and languages are three prongs of this strategic work.” At present ATLA includes more than 220 titles “relevant to Asian content.” As of February, these include the following full-text publications:

  • Journal of Sufi Studies
  • Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture
  • Journal of Religion in Japan

To see the full list of titles added and for more on ATLA’s efforts to diversify its research offerings, see the Focus on Asia: Atla Continuing Content Expansion blog post.

As chance would have it, ATLA posted its Focus on Asia blog post on February 22, 2021. Reflecting on this post in light of the recent shootings in Atlanta and the way that this event exposed a deep rooted racial bias against Asian people in the United States, it seems almost prescient. It also feels bitter-sweet to read this now as any reference to Asia brings a pang to my stomach and rush of sadness. I take some comfort in knowing that anti-Asian sentiments are not shared by all and that there are organizations and people working to alleviate the scourge of racism.

Open Access Additions to ATLA – March

ATLA — the American Theological Library Association — just announced additions to the Atla Religion Database including two new full text journals:

  • The Biblical Annals from the Institute of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.
    + Overarching aim is to present the research of Polish scholars focusing on problems and methodologies current in contemporary biblical studies, with articles published in Polish, English, Italian, French, and German.
  • Journal of Religion & Society from Creighton University Center for the Study
    + Covers the social, rather than theological aspects of religion, with a particular focus on Western religious traditions in a Western and American geographical context.

These, and the additional titles that are now indexed in Atla Religion database, are open access meaning that some, if not all articles published by these titles, are available to anyone with access to the internet. [See SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Coalition) for an authoritative and thorough definition of Open Access] On the one hand, this is an easy add for ATLA, as the content is free. On the other hand, this is a win for Open Access publications that can languish due to a lack of exposure to those not immediately involved. In addition to more eyes on content, being indexed in ATLA lends credibility for open access journals that face a slowly diminishing but lingering sense that they are less scholarly or have lower standards.

For a complete run down of all of the new additions for March, please see the Atla Additions Blog post.