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A collection of research resources pertaining to religion.

For more assistance, contact: Elise Ferer, Liaison Librarian, 245-1085.

Saints and Demons Research Guide

Ethnography of Jewish Experience Research Guide

Religion and the Internet Research Guide


Reference Works and Other Books

Reference Works

Here are some specific reference resources that are particularly useful for choosing and narrowing a research topic.


Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL31 .E46 2005

Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (in English) REF Bl31 .R4213 2007

Oxford Dictionary of World Religions REF BL31 .O9 1997

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online Resources.

Dictionary of Folklore REF GR35 .P53 1999


Encyclopedia of Buddhism REF BQ128 .E617 2007

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism REF BQ9259 .B37 2002


New Catholic Encyclopedia REF BX841 .N44 2002

World Christian Encyclopedia REF BR157 .W67 2000

Index of Christian Art Online Resource.


Historical Dictionary of Hinduism REF BL1105 .S85 1997


Oxford Islamic Studies Online Online Resource.

New Encyclopedia of Islam REF BP40 .G42 2008

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Modern World REF BP40 .E525

Encyclopedia of the Qur'an Available Online.


Encyclopedia Judaica

New Encyclopedia of Judaism Available Online.

Encyclopedia of Judaism REF BM50 .E63 1999

Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion REF BM50 .O94 1997

Center for Online Judaic Studies Online Resource.

Historical Jewish Press - Online Resource. -- An archive of Jewish newspapers and other publications

The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Database of Archives Online Resource. -- Searchable listing of Jewish history archives

Other Books

Library Catalog - Use this to find other books on your topic at Dickinson

Most of the books that deal with religion can be found on the main floor of the library on the shelves from BJ to BX.

WorldCat - Search this to find books at other libraries.

Google Books - Another great resource, particularly for searching within books.

Databases and Indexes

Databases and indexes are used to direct researchers to sources of information about a topic. They indicate where articles, book reviews, and book chapters can be found, and some, but not all, will provide the full text of the source, as well.

ATLA Religion - This covers all religious traditions, with the strongest coverage in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

JSTOR - An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This will usually not contain research that is more recent than 3-years-old.

Project Muse - A multi-disciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly journals in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up-to-date.

Google Scholar with Dickinson Links - Locates scholarly articles in a variety of fields. If the full text of the article is not available and you are on campus, click on the "Resources @ Dickinson" link to find or request it. If you are off campus, enable the "Resources @ Dickinson" link by clicking "Scholar Preferences" and selecting "Dickinson College - Full-text @ Dickinson". If the result is in a book, click "Library Search" (if available) or search for the book in the Dickinson Library catalog.

Philosopher's Index - This philosophy database covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.

Jewish Studies Source Includes full-text for leading academic journals within the discipline, monographs, related articles from major periodicals and newspapers, and over 1600 biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jews. Also contains the entire Jewish Telegraphic Agency database from 1922 to present.

AnthroSource - Full-text database of the 20 journals, newsletters, and bulletins published by the American Anthropological Association

New Testament Abstracts - Contains bibliographic citations to books and journals dealing with the New Testament and its historical milieu.

Index Islamicus - Bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world.

RAMBI - A bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages - mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. Click on "English" in the upper right corner to view the page in English.

Other Web Resources

Internet Sacred Text Archive - A massive collection of primary texts from a variety of religions. - Searchable versions and translations of the Bible that allows readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

ATLA CDRI - The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.

Israel Museum - Search and view the online collections of one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.

Pittsburgh Jewish Newspapers - Full-text access to The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), and The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present).

Religion Online - More than 6,000 full texts by religious scholars organized by Claremont School of Theology.

Hartford Institute for Religious Research - dissemination of research into religion from the Hartford Institute.