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Search Tips for ADL and SDAPI

Search tips and links to primary sources to support research for Professor Tompkins' course.

About the Adventist Digital Library

The Adventist Digital Library (ADL) project provides free access to a growing collection of digitized Adventist resources both historical and current. The project includes the digital library website, which features books, periodicals, photographs, manuscript collections, videos, audio recordings, and more. It also provides the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index, which is a database of article-level citations from over 40 Adventist periodicals from the 1970s to the present. Full text article links and PDFs are provided for about half of the citations, with more added regularly. ADL is housed at the Center for Adventist Research, and the project is funded and supported by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians.

Search Tips & Tutorials

The Adventist Digital Library (ADL) and Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index (SDAPI) websites provide access to useful primary and secondary sources, but sometimes the search interfaces can be unfamiliar. The tutorials below show how to:

  • Search the complete digital library using a broad keyword,
  • Filter search results,
  • Find a keyword within a periodical issue,
  • Search for a keyword phrase, with and without quotation marks,
  • Search the SDAPI for relevant article citations that can be read in full text on ADL,
  • Browse on ADL directly to a particular periodical title, volume/year, and issue,
  • ...and how to browse collections of Adventist periodicals by world region.

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