Journal Articles

This page of the Archive of Judaism and Health Research (AJHR) website contains links to a few search engines for databases containing scholarly articles addressing topics related to Judaism, health, and healing.  Each search engine serves as an entree into a different scholarly field or literature.  By using the search engines on this page, you will be able to locate journal articles on this subject from fields as diverse as medicine, religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, social work, and Jewish studies.

The PubMed search engine and the Religious and Theological Abstracts search engines are free to use, and hot links are included on this page. 

Other search engines (e.g., Sociological Abstracts, Anthropology PlusDissertation Abstracts International) require registration and login for access.  They may only be accessible if you are searching from within an institution with a membership or with free access, such as a university or public library.  Links to these search engines are also included on this page; they may or may not function depending upon your location.

Still other search engines (e.g., ATLA Religion Database, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts,  Index to Jewish Periodicals) are accessible only through proprietary services that host many search engines.  They will only be accessible from member institutions, such as universities or public libraries, that subscribe to these services.  No hot links are provided here, but we have included detailed descriptions of their content.  Ask a reference librarian for assistance in gaining access to these search engines. 

A few key points:

  • All of these search engines will produce full bibliographic information for journal articles.
  • Most of these search engines will also produce abstracts of these articles.
  • Some of these search engines (e.g., PubMed) may provide links to pdf files of the actual articles.  This will depend upon whether you are searching from within an institution, such as a university or public library, which has free access to that journal’s content.
  • In some instances, there may be links to the home page of a journal, from which you can then link to the full content of an article or purchase it.
  • Each of these search engines is different!

We hope to continue to add more search engine links and descriptions to this page.

In the future, as more and more scholarly content becomes “open access” with eased copyright restrictions, we plan to begin archiving pdf files of actual journal articles.   In the meantime, these links will enable you to do your own searches in order to locate peer-reviewed journal articles and other content related to Judaism, health, and healing.


PubMed comprises approximately 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

PubMed is searched via use of “MeSH” terms, a controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles in MEDLINE.  MeSH terminology provides a consistent way to retrieve information through online searches.  Jewish-related MeSH terms include:  “Judaism,” “Jewish ethics,” “Jews,” and “Israel.”

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Religious and Theological Abstracts provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of religion and theology.  It lists a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions.  It provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.

Sociological Abstracts

CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.  The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.  Records published by Sociological Abstracts in print during the database’s first 11 years, 1952-1962, have been added to the database as of November 2005, extending the depth of the backfile of this authoritative resource.

Anthropology Plus

Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK.  It offers worldwide indexing of all core periodicals, in addition to lesser known journals, from the early 19th century to today.  It provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

Dissertation Abstracts International

Virtually all accredited institutions in North America that award doctoral degrees submit their dissertations to ProQuest for publication or listing in Dissertation Abstracts International.  The listings provide bibliographic citations that include title, author name, degree-granting university, year awarded, number of pages, and ProQuest order number.  Since 1988, most entries have also included the name of the dissertation adviser, committee chair, etc.  Titles published from 1980 forward include a 350-word abstract, written by the author.

ATLA Religion Database

The ATLA Religion Database is an essential tool for the study of religion.  It is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion.  The 1.7 million+ records provide coverage of Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; and theology, philosophy, and ethics.


PsycINFO provides systematic coverage of the psychological literature from the 1800s to the present.  The database also includes records from the 1600s and 1700s.  An essential tool for researchers, PsycINFO combines a wealth of content with precise indexing so you can get just what you need easily.  It contains bibliographic citations, abstracts, cited references, and descriptive information to help you find what you need across a wide variety of scholarly publications in the behavioral and social sciences.

Social Work Abstracts

Social Work Abstracts
is the definitive social work database through which users are able to access abstracts to social work journal articles and citations of social work literature.  It contains information on the fields of social work and human services from 1977 to present.  The database provides exceptional coverage of over 500 journals in all areas of the profession, including theory and practice, areas of service, social issues, and social problems.

Index to Jewish Periodicals

Index to Jewish Periodicals is the definitive index on Jewish history, activity, and thought.  This database provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 220 journals devoted to Jewish affairs.  Most references are not found in standard periodical literature guides.  Index to Jewish Periodicals is intended for students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern affairs.  Journal coverage dates back as far as 1988.

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