Category Archives: Religious Studies

Religious Studies: Top Databases

These are the top Religious Studies-specific databases that we recommend looking in for articles. If you’re not entirely sure yet what you need, try checking out the list of “General” databases; they’re often the best place to start. Also, try clicking “Humanities” in the drop-down menu.

Keep going to the bottom of this list to see the rest of our Religious Studies databases, as well as a list at the very end of other online and book sources you may find useful.

Art Full-Text
Contains articles from 1300 of the world’s leading arts and humanities journals from 1980-present. From ISI Web of Knowledge.

ATLA Religion
Combined index of articles, book reviews, and essay collections, with full text for more than 266,000 articles.

JSTOR
JSTOR has full-text search from scholarly journals in many disciplines, going back to the first volume of each journal it carries.

Readers’ Guide Retrospective
Journal and magazine articles published 1890-1982, covering a variety of subjects including African-Americans, Aging, Archeology, Astronomy, Biographies, Business, Education, Environment, Film, Fine Arts, Foreign Affairs, Health, History, Literature, Medicine, Music, News, Politics, Popular Culture, Religion, Science, Sports, and Technology.

Religious Studies: More Resources

Online Resources

Adherents.com
A collection of adherent statistics & religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, etc.

Bible Study Tools

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
Search for fully digitized manuscripts by date, location of archive/library, author, language, or specific search term.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

EIKON Image Database for Biblical Studies
From the Yale Divinity School; provides digital resources for teaching and research in the field of Biblical studies.

Jewish-Christian Relations

BBC Religions of the World
Provides an overview of beliefs, traditions, contemporary issues, and a selection of Internet links.

Review of Biblical Literature
“The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields”

Using Primary Sources

Virtual Religion Index

In the Library

Atlas of the World’s Religions
Oxford University Press / BL85 .A89 1999

Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism
Routledge / Ref BL238 .E63 2001

The Encyclopedia of Religion
Macmillan / Ref BL31 .E46 1987 (16 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
AltaMira Press / Ref BL60 .E53 1998 – also available online

The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World’s Living Religions
Facts on File Publications / BL80.2.E495 1988

The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion
HarperSanFrancisco / BL31 .H37 1995

Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World
Macmillan / BL80.2. F28