Selected Resources for: Religious Studies

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Subject Librarian:

Susan Gangl

This subject covers: the spiritual history and practices of human beings from mythological times to the present. Other related subjects are Philosophy, and Middle East Studies.

Article Databases and Indexes

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The standard, highly recommended research database in the fields of religion and theology. Produced by the American Theological Library Association.

An index on Jewish history, activity and thought. This database provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 160 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. Most references are not found in standard periodical literature guides. Index to Jewish Periodicals is intended for students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern affairs.

Includes the full content of four key scholarly works, 180 entries from the six-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur'an, the first electronic version of the standard Concordance used by English-speaking scholars around the world, and primary source documents.

This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.


Dictionary of the Bible
The Oxford Companion to the Bible
The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
A Dictionary of Buddhism
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
The Oxford Dictionary of Popes
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Religion Compass guides students, researchers and non-specialist scholars through the accumulating body of literature, and navigates the field by laying out the territory, describing divisions and subdivisions of Religious Studies and identifying the major issues within those sections - ISSN: 1749-8171

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This is the catalog for the École Biblique’s library. It contains comprehensive bibliographic information relating to Biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies, archaeology, and related disciplines. The collection consists of more than 140,000 volumes and 400 active journals specializing in biblical studies, Near Eastern archaeology and ancient Middle Eastern languages and literature.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Useful for interdisciplinary and historical research.

This Brill database is an international bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. It covers their history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages and literature. The file contains indexing for over 3,400 titles with coverage dating back to 1906

This database contains document descriptions from more than 600 periodicals, plus Festschriften and congress publications in many languages. Check MNCAT for holdings.

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

The product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, this database is a research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu.

The product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association, this database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered.

"RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies - is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Articles are in English in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, and are based scientific research, or contain important information for such research. Coverage is from 1966 to the present.

CHOOSE RAMBI WEB; page opens in Hebrew; for English select English link on medium blue bar, upper left corner of screen.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

for use in searching in MNCAT and other library book catalogs

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps


Search within a book
A Dictionary of the Bible
The Oxford Companion to the Bible
The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
A Dictionary of Buddhism
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
A Dictionary of Hinduism
The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
The Oxford Dictionary of Popes
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions


This online resource is an updated edition of this lauded work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists. This is the online version; (a 2007 print version is also available, located in Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS102.8 .E496 2007)

The Encyclopaedia of Islam Online covers Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, bringing scholars and researchers access to over 13,000 articles (number or articles in volumes I-XI, excluding supplements on every aspect of Islam. The online edition offers access to Volumes I-XI of the English edition, plus the Index of Subjects to Volumes I-XI, Index of Proper Names to volumes I-X, and supplements. New data will be added to the online edition as they become available in the print edition.

Encyclopedia of African Religion explores such topics as deities and divinities, the nature of humanity, the end of life, the conquest of fear, and the quest for attainment of harmony with nature and other humans.

The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors. See also print copy at Wilson Library Reference Quarto BL31 .E46 2005

Covers the significant religious denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in North America, from the beginning of European settlement to the present day.

provides an "anthology of documents" and an interdisciplinary encyclopedia on religion and science, including:
- more than 80 anthological texts, from classical and contemporary authors
- about 60 articles from the Intedisciplinary Encyclopaedia of Religion and Science
-Teachings from the Vatican

Prepared by an editorial staff at the Catholic University of America. Selected articles from the earlier Catholic Encyclopedia are available on the World Wide Web.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation is a definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.

General Reference Works

Access to 4 titles only:
The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies
The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology
The [Oxford] Handbook of Religious Diversity.

Summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals, covering a wide variety of periodical literature including Christian, Jewish, and other World religions. Provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages.


compiled by the Religious Studies librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

The Acta Sanctorum Database is an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur (Antwerp; Brussels: Society des Bollandistes, 1863- (68 vols.) and found in Wilson Library Annex Folio 270 Ac8). It is a collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, and runs from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The Database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are also included.

2007-2013. Brill Online Books and Journals includes full text of over 175,000 book chapters and journal articles, covering humanities and international law . Brill is a major publisher in biblical and religious studies. Guide to printing and downloading is

Essay extracted from F Condron, M Fraser, S Sutherland - CTI Textual Studies Guide to Digital Resources for the Humanities (Oxford: Humanities Computing Unit, 2000)" NOTE: due to the date some links may not be accurate, but the essay remains generally useful.

Edited by Brian M. Fagan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Online version features articles which provide authoritative entries on a range of subjects, including biographies of the great figures in the field, extensive coverage of the methods used in archaeological research, together with essays that examine human evolution and the many general facets of culture.

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

Represents Chapter 24 of "A Short History of Austria-Hungary" by H. W. Steed, W.A. Phillips and D. Hannay, reproduced from the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (London, 1914).

Gateways & Megasites

Keep in mind that we own a lot of the electronic resources listed here but you need to access them through the University of Minnesota Libraries Web site, and not via Harvard's site.

compiled by the Wabash Center

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, constructed from available public domain and copy-permitted texts, is organized as three main index pages (selected sources, full-text sources and saints' lives), with a number of supplementary documents.

Library Web Sites

Provide the citation information for an article and retrieve the online version (if available).

Search Engines

The Scholarly Databases currently holds over 100,000 bibliographies and provides over 2,600 full texts on various subjects for free access and download.

Web Sites

CONTENTS: Graduate Programs - Survey of Graduate Religion and Theology Programs Provides the results of the 2002-2003 Survey of Graduate Programs. - Finding List An online database of academic doctoral programs in the United States and Canada. Undergraduate Programs - Survey of Undergraduate Religion and Theology Programs Provides information about the field for strategic decision-making and other sources of data on schools, departments, and programs. - Finding List An online finding list for information on undergraduate departments, programs, and schools in the United States and Canada.

The CDRI 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. The CDRI is a joint project of the American Theological Library Association and the Association of Theological Schools, with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO allows full-text searching of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more. Search opens with the Overview highlighted. Scroll down to the section on Philosophy and Religion to learn more about the contents of this database.

Search some 3,400 finding aids to collections of archival material at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid is a guide and inventory list to a collection of archival materials, personal papers, or manuscripts. For more information about this resource, please see the Finding Aid FAQ or contact the Libraries.

Links to primary sources available online, primarily via subscription databases available to U of M community and campus library visitors.


Historical Documents

Sacred Texts

High-resolution images of the scrolls, plus short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online." Language of the Scrolls: Hebrew is the most common language, though a small number of scrolls are written in Aramaic, and a few in Greek. The most common script is the Jewish script, also called the "Assyrian" or "square" script, which was widely used from the sixth century BCE on. However, about 14 biblical scrolls are written in the ancient Hebrew script, and many texts use a cryptographic script, combining mirror writing and a mixture of Jewish, ancient Hebrew, and Greek scripts. Description and commentary are in English.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

"Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting high quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research. As members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the American Academy of Religion (AAR), our research team follows the highest research standards of independence and academic excellence." (from the source) Comments: good source for charts/graphs etc. to use in teaching.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

The targeted audience and the data collection include American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world. Currently housed in the Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University, the ARDA is funded by the Lilly Endowment, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Pennsylvania State University.

"The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050."--Home page, Brill site.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

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