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Finding Religion Material in the Library

Religion materials fall into the following call number ranges:

  • 200 Religion
  • 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
  • 220 The Bible
  • 230 Christianity & Christian theology
  • 240 Christian practice & observance
  • 250 Christian pastoral practice & religious orders
  • 260 Christian organization, social work & worship
  • 270 History of Christianity
  • 280 Christian denominations
  • 290 Other religions

It's usually best to start with a keyword search, but subject headings applied to relevant books can help to refine your results. Open the item record of a book that interests you. Scroll down to the clickable subject headings, and run another search to explore similar books.

You can also browse the headings associated with a particular topic as a way of getting started with your research.

Database Resources

  • eHRAF World Cultures
    eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.
  • Oxford Reference Premium
    Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection combines rich and scholarly resources offered by acclaimed titles in the Oxford Companions series with authoritative quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum.
  • Points of View Reference Center
    Points of View Reference Centerâ„¢ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database covers more than 290 topics.
  • ProQuest Religion
    ProQuest Religion is a valuable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 150 journals, with most of them available with full-text.

General Religion Resources on the Web

  • is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.
  • Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
    The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion.
  • BeliefNet
    Beliefnet is a source of spiritual information presented without defined editorial point-of-view, and is a leading authority for major news organizations in the United States.
  • Internet Sacred Texts Archive
  • Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
    Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life delivers nonpartisan, timely information on issues and debates related to religion, news, politics, and international and public affairs.
    Links and information collected by the non-academic multi-faith organization Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
  • Virtual Religion Index
    Large link collection from Rutgers University, categorized by religion. Also includes resources for ancient religions, archaeology, philosophy, sociology of religion

Selected Library Resources

Cover Art
Founding Faith - Steven Waldman
Call Number: Main 323.4420973 W146f
ISBN: 0812974743
Publication Date: 2009-03-10

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Psychology, Religion, and the Nature of the Soul - Graham Richards
Call Number: Electronic Resource
ISBN: 9781441971739
Publication Date: 2011-01-01

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Overcoming religious illiteracy : a cultural studies approach to the study of religion in secondary education - Diane L. Moore
Call Number: Main 379.28 M782o
ISBN: 1403963487
Publication Date: 2007-09-15


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