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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."

  Mahatma Gandhi

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Religious Studies - Core Research Database

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials ?

    Description: Database containing journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in religion and theology. Full text is provided for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews from more than 220 journals.

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Continuum Dictionary of Religion (In Print: HUNT. BL31 M2355 1994)

HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion (In Print: HUNT. BL31 H37 1995 )

An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies. (In Print. HUNT BL31 I68 2007)

Key Words in Religious Studies (In Print: HUNT. BL82 G43 2006)


Celtic Culture: a Historical Encyclopedia (In Print. HUNT. CB206 C45 2006)

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

The Oxford Handook of Religion and American News Media

The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender (In Print: HUNT. BT708.094 2015)

The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

International Handbook for Education, Spirituality, Care and Well-Being (In Print: HUNT. LB1092 I58 2009)

Handbook of Bioethics and Religion (In Print: HUNT. R725.55 H36 2006)

Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions (In Print. HUNT: BL60 H266 2005)

Cults: A Reference Handbook (In Print. HUNT: BL2525 L486 2005)

The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Handbook of Religion and Health (In Print: HUNT. BL65 M4 K646 2001)

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion


Encyclopædia Universalis

Encyclopedia of Religion (In Print: Hunt Ref. BL31 E46 1986)

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion (In Print: U. of S. Ref. BL31 E53)

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Encyclopedia of Religion in America

Encyclopedia of Global Religion

The Popular Encyclopedia of World Religion (In Print: HUNT. BL31 W65 2007)

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)





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Religious Studies - Core Research Database

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials ?

    Description: Database containing journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in religion and theology. Full text is provided for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews from more than 220 journals.

Religious Studies - Subject Databases

  • ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index ?

    Description: This database provides indexing of periodicals, essay collections, church documents, papal documents and electronic resources expressly addressing the practice and intellectual tradition of Roman Catholicism.

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index ?

    Description: Fully indexes over 1,700 arts and humanities journals, as well as selected items over 250 scientific and social sciences journals — from 1975 to present. Covering subjects that include archaeology, art, architecture, asian studies, classics, dance, folklore, history, language, linguistics, literary reviews, literature, music, philosophy, poetry, radio, television, & film, religion and theatre.

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 ?

    Description: Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective™: 1907-1984 offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences with high-quality indexing of more than 1,300,000 articles in nearly 1,100 periodicals, dating as far back as 1907, as well as citations of over 240,000 book reviews.

  • Philosopher's Index ?

    Description: The Philosopher's Index is a comprehensive, bibliographic database covering worldwide research in all areas of philosophy. It features: the inclusion of documents from philosophy and interdisciplinary publications, extensive indexing, and author-written abstracts. Philosophers prescreen potential source documents for relevance to the field of philosophy; this enables the inclusion of articles from interdisciplinary journals and contributions from interdisciplinary anthologies that pertain to philosophy. The database provides global coverage, with source publications from more than 135 countries, and has records from 1940 to present, with additional records dating back to 1902. It includes more than 530,000 records in 37 languages. Sources includes: journals (print and e-journal articles from more than 1600 philosophy and interdisciplinary journals); books/monographs, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and book series; anthologies; contributions to anthologies from philosophy and interdisciplinary anthologies; and book reviews.