Selected Resources for: Jewish Studies

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Susan Gangl

Study of Jewish culture, history, literature, languages and religion.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

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.

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

Includes Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

"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.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

ATLA lists journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Some listings link to full text of articles. More about ATLA

This CD Rom contains a database referencing more than 115,000 volumes and articles in 400 active periodicals specializing in biblical studies, Near Eastern archeology, and ancient Middle Eastern languages and literature; Some articles are available full text online (search MNCAT by journal title) SEE ALSO the ONLINE version at

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

Indexes, Other

Augmented edition with an introduction and edited list of abbreviations by Zosa Szajkowski
Wilson Library Reference DS102.95 .S3x 1972

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Wilson Library Reference G1030 .G45 1993b

Wilson Library Borchert Map Quarto G1030 .B25x 1990 Regular Loan

Biographical Sources

Wilson Library Reference BM750 .C57 1997

Isaac Abrabanel (1437-1508) -- Abraham ibn Daud (1110-1180) -- Ahad Ha-Am (1856-1927) -- Joseph Albo (1380-1445) -- Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760) -- Leo Baeck (1873-1956) -- Bahya ibn Pakuda (1050-1120) -- Eliezer Berkovits (1900-1992) -- Dov Ber Borochov (1881-1917) -- Martin Buber (1878-1965) -- Arthur A Cohen (1928-1986) -- Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) -- Dov Baer of Mezhirich (1710-1772) -- Emil Fackenheim (born 1917) -- Solomon Formstecher (1808-1888) -- Abraham Geiger (1810-1875) -- Gersonides (1288-1344) -- Aharon David Gordon (1856-1922) -- Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891) -- Hasdai Crescas (1340-1412) -- Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) -- Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) -- Moses Hess (1812-1875) -- Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) -- Samuel Hirsch (1815-1889) -- Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) -- Judah Halevi (1075-1141) -- Zevi Hirsch Kalischer (1795-1874) -- Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) -- Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) -- Isaac Luria (1534-1572) -- Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (1707-1746) -- Solomon Maimon (1753-1800) -- Maimonides (1135-1204) -- Ignaz Maybaum (1897-1976) -- Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) -- Claude Montefiore (1858-1938) -- Nahman of Bratslav (1772-1811) -- Nahmanides (1194-1270) -- Philo (20 BCE-50) -- Leon Pinsker (1821-1891) -- Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) -- Richard Rubenstein (b. 1924) -- Saadiah ben Joseph Gaon (882-942) -- Solomon ibn Gabirol (1020-1057) -- Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) -- Solomon Ludwig Steinheim (1789-1866) -- Hayyim Vital (1542-1620) -- Elie Wiesel (born 1928) -- Sherwin Wine (born 1928).

Wilson BM729 .W6 J49 1998 (circulating)



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)

Covers an area of Jewish history, religion and culture which until now lacked its own cohesive/discrete reference work. The Encyclopedia fills the gap in academic reference literature on the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The expanded online version, EJIW Online (started in 2010), is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.

An online encyclopedia about Jewish history and current affairs, including Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism.
Note also the Related Research Guide on the Holocaust listed at the end of this page.

Andersen Immigration and History Research Center Quarto DS115.2 J49 1997
Wilson Reference Quarto DS115.2 J49 1997
"Annotated bibliography and guide to archival resources on thehistory of Jewish women in America. Includes bibliographical references and index."

Previously listed as Encyclopedia of Medieval Jewish Civilization

Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS124 .M386 2003

General Reference Works

Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 A38 1982

Searchable database: Judaic library and Responsa and Encyclopedia Talmudit.

Hebcal Interactive Jewish Calendar * Generate a calendar of Jewish holidays for any year 0001-9999 * Customize candle lighting times to your zip code, city, or latitude/longitude * Torah readings for Israel and Diaspora * Export to Palm, Outlook, and iCal Hebrew Date Converter * Convert between Hebrew and Gregorian dates * See date in Hebrew font 1-Click Shabbat Candle Lighting Times * Shabbat candle lighting times and Torah Readings, updated weekly * Subscribe by Email | Add Shabbat times to your synagogue website * Mac OS X Dashboard Widget by Mark Saper Jewish Holidays * Dates for the next few years and special Torah readings Yahrzeit, Birthday, and Anniversary Calendar * Generate a list of Yahrzeit (memorial) and Yizkor dates, or Hebrew Birthdays and Anniversaries Torah Readings * Aliyah-by-aliyah breakdown for weekly parshiyot

Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 S572 1978
The Jews in America; a chronology.--Selected documents of American Jewry.--Appendices: Estimated American Jewish population by state. Bibliographical notes and materials on American Jewish history. Summary Jewish calendar. American Jewish civic organizations. American newspapers & periodicals by state. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.

Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

Wilson Reference BM50 .O94 1997

Contents Introduction : a discovery -- A welcome from 1593 -- Custom and law -- Fundamentals of prayer -- The days of the week -- Sabbath -- The conclusion of Sabbath -- Rosh Hodesh -- The month of Nisan -- The month of Iyar -- The month of Sivan -- The month of Tamuz -- The month of Av -- The month of Elul -- The month of Tishrei -- The month of Heshvan -- The month of Kislev -- The month of Tevet -- The month of Shevat -- The month(s) of Adar -- Wedding -- Circumcision -- Bar and bat mitzvah -- Death and mourning.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

A curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

Magazine Titles

Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc. and the sister organization of Nextbook Press, which publishes a line of Jewish-themed books. Our archive holds all the articles and features that originally appeared on the website

News Sources

Wilson Library Reference PN4888.J48 H4x 1957

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.
Recommended Web browsers Windows: Internet Explorer; Mac: Safari

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference is designed to allow users to quickly navigate the billions of points of data contained in the repository, representing ~5,000 datasets covering thousands of geographic entities. With Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference, users can quickly search and view charts, maps, and rankings of time series at the country, state, county, MSA, postal code, and census-tract/block group levels. All of the data are drawn from authoritative sources and are citable.The product provides high-level summary information as well as detailed line item views.

Statistical Resources

Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.

The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry. The Data Bank's primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and provide information about methods for studying Jewish communities. Our goal is to aid in understanding North American Jewish communities, and to improve the quality and utilization of research conducted about North American Jewry. We hold the National Jewish Population Surveys of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01, about 100 local Jewish community studies, and are working to acquire other surveys of American Jews. The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset and has a large collection of related material. The North American Jewish Data Bank is a collaborative project of United Jewish Communities and the University of Connecticut's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

"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

Research Guides

short version at Turabian Quick Guide (8th ed.) Eighth Edition:
TC Walter Library Sci/Eng Ref (Desk, Rm 206) LB2369 .T8 2013
TC Music Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2013
TC Journalism Library General Collection LB2369 .T8 2013
Earlier edition:
TC Andersen Library Children's Lit (Reference) LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Bio-Medical Library Reference LB2369 T929ma 2007
TC Law Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Magrath Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Music Library Reference (Desk) LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Plant Pathology Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Veterinary Medical Library Reference LB2369 T8 2007
TC Walter Library Sci/Eng Reference (Rm 206) LB2369 .T8 2007

Writing Guides

Contents Research, researchers, and readers -- Prologue: Becoming a researcher -- Thinking in print: Uses of research, public and private -- Connecting with your reader: (Re-)creating yourself and your audience -- Asking questions, finding answers -- Prologue: Planning your project - an overview -- From topics to questions -- From questions to a problem -- From problems to sources -- Engaging sources -- Making a claim and supporting it -- Prologue: Assembling a research argument -- Making good arguments: Overview -- Making claims -- Assembling reasons and evidence -- Acknowledgments and responses -- Warrants -- Planning, drafting, and revising -- Prologue: Planning again -- Planning -- Drafting your report -- Revising your organization and argument -- Communicating evidence visually -- Introductions and conclusions-- Revising style: Telling your story clearly -- Some last considerations.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

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Library Information

Wilson Library

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West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

320 Elmer L. Andersen Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus