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Welcome to the Religious Studies Research Guide!
Here you will find a variety of resources related to Religious Studies.
"The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different."
Religious Studies - Core Research Database
The academic subject specific encyclopedias listed here are excellent tools to help define terms and concepts in religious studies. They will offer you short introductions to key topics, concepts, methods and areas of study in the discipline. Entries will often include a bibliography so you can learn about key authors in the subject area and articles and books on the topic.
If you are on campus, these are some of the encyclopedias in religious studies available at the libraries at Huntington University and the University of Sudbury:
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion (In Print: U. of S. Ref. BL31 E53)
The Popular Encyclopedia of World Religion (In Print: HUNT. BL31 W65 2007)
Celtic Culture: a Historical Encyclopedia (In Print. HUNT. CB206 C45 2006)
Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication and Media (In Print: HUNT. P 94 E48 2006)
Encyclopedia of Religion and Film (in Print: HUNT. PN1995.9 R4E53 2011)
Handbooks provide introductory articles and chapters on sub-topics in a discipline. They provide overviews of the research that has been done in a given area.
Handbooks in Print:
The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender (HUNT. BT708.094 2015)
Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music (HUNT. ML3921.8.P67 B6 2017)
Searching the Catalogue
The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library and other campus libraries.
You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).
You can search the catalogue by:
- Journal Title
When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the exact Subject heading describing your topic.
More on searching the Catalogue is available in Module 5 of the Research Skills Tutorial in D2L.
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