Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch: Scripture Search

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Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch is a tool that simultaneously searches these databases: Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials PLUS, Religion and Philosophy Collection, EBSCOhost eBook Religion Collection, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts.

One unique feature of Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch is Scripture Search. This tutorial will demonstrate how to use this feature.

OneSearch searches these databases. But if you want to use the Scripture Search feature, you must be searching directly in the Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch, not OneSearch.

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This is the Milligan Libraries homepage. To navigate to the Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch, click on the light blue tab labeled "Databases".

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in. Use your Milligan Network ID and password, the same one you use for Canvas.

Click the down arrow to the right of "Choose a category..."

Select "Religion & Philosophy". Click the Browse button.

Click on Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch.

A new screen should appear.

What word is left of the new search box?

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In many cases, you can find exactly what you need in Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch by doing an exact phrase search on your passage, "Hosea 11" (use the "").

But there is another way to search.

Look at the blue horizontal bar at the top of the webpage. You may need to pop it out, by clicking on the three horizontal lines at the top of the page.

Click on"Scriptures" in the dropdown or in the horizontal bar and select "ATLA Hierarchical Scriptures Authority".

A new page should open with a listing of the books of the Bible in order starting with Genesis.

What phrase is to the right of the EBSCOhist icon?

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Let's pretend that you are doing an exegesis on Deuteronomy 1:1-18. 

Click on "Deuteronomy".

How many results are there in Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch for the search  "Deuteronomy"?

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This is ALL the results in the Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch that have a discussion of some passage from the book of Deuteronomy. Since we only want results for Deuteronomy 1, this is not very helpful. Click the back button on the browser. You should be back at the list of books of the Bible.

This time, click "[Expand]" next to the word "Deuteronomy".  You will see a list of individual chapters from the book of Deuteronomy.

Click on "Chapter 1".

How many results are there for Deuteronomy, chapter 1?


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Click the back button on your browser.

At times you may want to limit even further and look at the verse level.  

Click "[Expand]" next to Chapter 1.

Click on Verse 2.

How many results are there for Deuteronomy 1:2 in Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch?

Note that many of the results discuss more than just verse 2 (and sometimes discuss several chapters).

Other Features

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Religion resources may be written in other languages. It can be frustrating to look at a results list with many items that you cannot read. Here is a solution.

Look at the left hand side of the page. Scroll down until you see Language. Click on Language. You can now limit your search results to just languages that you use. For this activity, please select only "English". Be aware that you can select any languages you read for future searches.

What other language can you use as a limiter for these articles?

Other Features

2 of 4There is one other Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch quirk of which students should be aware. 

In Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch, the source icons can be misleading. The Periodical icon is used for several different types of resources, not all of which are periodicals. 

To determine the type of source look within the citation for Publication Type:

Publication Type: Article is a journal article.

Publication Type: Book is a book.

Publication Type: Essay needs more explanation. Essay should more accurately be described as a chapter in a book. Frequently these are books in which each chapter is written by a different person.

**If the database is telling you that an Essay publication type needs to be Interlibrary Loaned, STOP! The Milligan University libraries may have the item. Go to the next section to learn what to do.

Other Features

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Keeping with our search for English language resources on Deut. 1:2, scroll down several screens and find: 

Kaleidoscopic patterns and the shaping of experience

This is the title of the CHAPTER. Look at the citation and find SOURCE: This is the BOOK TITLE.

What is the title of the BOOK with the chapter entitled: 
Kaleidoscopic patterns and the shaping of experience?

Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch does not communicate with our library catalog as to our holdings for the book. Before ILLing, please look up the BOOK TITLE in the catalog here to check if we have the book with the chapter (Publication Type: Essay) you need.

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This concludes the tutorial on Scripture Search in the Biblical & Religious Studies Metasearch.

For more information about searching and locating the full text of resources, we recommend completing two other tutorials:

Introduction to OneSearch

OneSearch: Advanced Strategies

If you have any questions or are not finding the resources you need, please contact the library:


Phone: 423-461-8703 (Welshimer Library)

Phone: 423-461-1540 (Seminary Library)

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