Reynolds Library reference page for Religious Studies
Guide for religious studies resources available via the ZSR Library

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of Religion:
The foremost reference source for topics in religious studies

Religious Studies Online Reference Sources:
GVRL Religion:

Oxford Religion:
Both of these collections contain encyclopedias and dictionaries devoted to individual religious traditions (Buddhism, Islam) and topics (Religion & the Law in America, Religion and the Physical Sciences)

Oxford Handbooks:
Contains handbooks on a variety of religious studies topics (Sociology of Religion, Holocaust Studies, Religion and Emotion, etc…) with survey articles written by experts

Useful Research Sources

Primary database for religious studies; includes books, book chapters and articles on most religious traditions and related fields, such as Classics, archaeology and anthropology; also includes a scripture search

Full text multi-subject database, coverage from 1850’s up to 5 years ago

Project MUSE:
Full text humanities and social sciences database, coverage brings most titles in JSTOR to current issue

Religion Compass
Peer-reviewed surveys and overviews of a variety of religious topics and current research in religious studies

Historical Abstracts:
Abstracts of journal articles, books and dissertations covering world history (except US & Canada) since 1450

America: History and Life:
Abstracts of journal articles, books and dissertations covering the history of the United States & Canada since 1450

Oxford Handbooks:
Contains handbooks on a variety of religious studies topics (Sociology of Religion, Holocaust Studies, Religion and Emotion, etc…) with survey articles written by experts

ZSR Journals:
Locate journals by title, search within a specific journal

Directory of Open Access Journals:
Database of scholarly journals that are freely available online, no fees or subscriptions necessary

Useful Internet Resources

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Theology and Religion
Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, The Wabash Center supports faculty in their teaching via workshops, grants and online guides

Wabash Internet Guide to Religion
Organized by subject, this resource page includes hundreds of links to online books and journals, blogs, societies, and syllabi

Kenyon College—online resources for Religious Studies
Organized by tradition, includes hundreds of links to societies, online journals and other resource pages

UCSB–Religious Studies Resources (Voice of the Shuttle)
Resource guide organized by religious tradition, includes online books, syllabi, lectures, etc…

Indigenous Peoples Resource Guide
Resource guide for work with Indigenous Peoples, including information on specific people groups

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Includes reports and survey research on religious issues in contemporary American life

Religion News Service:
Non-sectarian, in-depth coverage of current news on religious issues

The Religious Studies Project:
Website and podcasting project that features interviews, articles for postgraduate students and scholars, and other useful resources.

Religion Dispatches:
Daily online magazine that publishes a mix of expert opinion, in-depth reporting, and provocative updates from the intersection of religion, politics and culture.

The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion and the Public Sphere (a program of the Social Science Research Council):
Publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere.

Research Assistance

MLA Citation Guide:
Gives examples for the most frequently used resources: books, articles, websites

Other Citation Guides:
If another citation style is needed (APA, Chicago, Turabian) look here for examples, print versions are also available at the Reference Desk

This Firefox plug-in will help keep track of research and format citations as papers are written

WFU Writing Center:
Located in ZSR, the Writing Center can help students develop a topic and organize their ideas as they begin to write their paper

The Bridge (IT Help Desk):
Located in ZSR, The Bridge is the place to go for problems with a ThinkPad or the software load

The Modern Researcher:
Writing Theology Well:  A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers:
These two titles, as well as the citation guides mentioned above, can help clarify the research and writing process