Resources by Subject Religious Studies

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film and Video
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online: Religion (current, full text)
A collection of reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes encyclopedias and dictionaries on the Bible, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, world religions, philosophy and many other topics.

Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament (1979)
Ref BS 2305 .M67
With a Greek index.

Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (1993)
Ref BS 2650.2 .D53 1993

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (1997)
Ref BR 162.2 .E53 1997
From the life of Jesus to the seventh century.

New Interpreter's Bible (1995)
Ref BS491.2 .N484
Commentary and reflections in verse order.

Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms (1996)
Ref BR 95 .M378 1996

Religions of the world: a comprehensive encyclopedia of beliefs and practices (2002)
Ref BL 80.3 .R45 2002

Dictionary of Ethics, Theology, and Society (1996)
Ref BJ 63 .D53 1996

Finding Books

The Library of Congress Classification for religion is BJ-BX:

BJ Ethics
BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
BM Judaism
BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
BQ Buddhism
BR Christianity
BS The Bible
BT Doctrinal theology
BV Practical theology
BX Christian Denominations

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (some full text; 1908 to present with some older citations)
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion; includes full text from over 150 journals.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Making of the Modern World (full-text; 1450-1914)
Digital reproductions of over 66,000 rare primary source books and serial publications chronicling the development of the modern western world through world trade, exploration and colonization of the New World, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism. Subject coverage includes history, political science, economics and business, women's studies, and legal and religious history. Individual publications are also in MaconCat.

Project Muse (late 1990s-present, full text)
Database covering over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Religion and Philosophy Collection (some full text; dates vary, most 1960s to present)
Full text and indexing for journals and magazines in religious studies and philosophy.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film and Video

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.


BBC World Service
Your Guide to the Religions of the World.

World Wide Study Bible (Calvin College)
Bible-related resources according to scripture reference.

Unbound Bible (Biola University)
Searchable Bibles in 10 English versions, Greek and Hebrew versions, 4 ancient versions, and 42 versions in other languages.

New Testament Gateway (Duke University)
A directory of internet resources on the New Testament.

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning (Boston College)
Promotes dialogue and understanding between the two faiths.

Resources for American Christianity (Lilly Endowment)
Research resources created in conjunction with Lilly Endowment grants.

Institute of Islamic Information and Education
Dedicated to the cause of Islam in North America by providing accurate information about Islamic beliefs, history and civilization from authentic sources.

The Revealer (New York University)
Concerned with controversial issues in religion and how the media portrays them.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines.

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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