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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

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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.


Electronic Encyclopedias:

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

Encyclopedia of Religion in America

Encyclopedia of Global Religion

Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

Encyclopedia of Christian Theology

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

New Age Encyclopedia

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.

Electronic Handbooks:

Routledge international handbook of spirituality in society and the professions

Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

Oxford Handook of Religion and American News Media

Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

Oxford Handbook of American Islam

Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies

Bloomsbury Handbook to Studying Christians

Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Transhumanism Handbook

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)



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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:

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Religious Studies - Core Research Database

Religious Studies - Subject Databases

  • 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.

  • EBSCOhost Platform Databases ?

    Description: Multidisciplinary platform containing many databases in different disciplines, such as the humanities, social sciences, education, arts and natural sciences.

  • 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.

  • ProQuest Platform Databases ?

    Description: Multidisciplinary platform containing many databases in multiple disciplines, such as the humanities, social sciences, education, arts and natural sciences.