Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014
Professors in the Religion Department generally prefer Chicago or Turabian style for creating citations and organizing a research paper.
See Purdue's excellent guide to creating annotated bibliographies: lists of scholarly sources with brief descriptions.
If you're doing research in Religion and need articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, or other resources, go to these databases.
- Academic Search Premier
This general database includes full text of more than 4,600 journals in most college subjects, and indexes 4,000 others. Try narrowing your search by SUBJECT and limiting it to "Academic Journals." (See the PAS tutorial
to review how to identify scholarly journals.)
More scholarly than Academic Search Premier, the American Theological Library Association's database gives you access to more than 1,600 religion and theology journals, some full-text.
- Religious & Theological Abstracts
This database goes hand in hand with ATLA, providing the abstracts that ATLA (which gives bibliographic citations, but not article summaries) does not have.
- The Philosopher's Index
Religion and philosophy are close cousins. This respected database provides author-written abstracts of scholarly material drawn from nearly 500,000 resources (including 550 journals) going back to 1940: journal articles, books, book chapters, and book reviews.
No full text? Click "Find It" by the article to get it elsewhere, or to order it (learn more
The newest faces in our reference collection — and some old standbys, too. Want to expand your horizons? Don't forget to check bibliographies at
the end of an article or encyclopedia entry to get even more
Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd ed.)
Call Number: Reference BL31 .E46 2005 v. 1–10
Use it online!
With the aim of "introduc[ing] educated, nonspecialist readers to important ideas ... in the religious experience of humankind," this illustrated 10-volume encyclopedia is the first place to turn for religious research.
- CIA World Factbook: Religions
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been publishing "factbooks" — compendiums of knowledge about the world — since its inception in 1947. Starting in 2008, it offers concise descriptions of world religions' core beliefs, from Baha'i to Zoroastrianism. Also includes a breakdown of religions by country.
- Religion Facts
A clean, straightforward design expresses its author's wish to present "just the facts" about the world's religions without promoting any one of them. In addition to clickable links about individual faiths, the site's so-called "Big Religion Chart"
is both concise and comprehensive.
- Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
A selective, annotated guide (funded by the Lilly Endowment) to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those involved in the study and practice of religion.
Lindell Library ordered these recently acquired items at the request of faculty members from the Religion department.