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Religious Studies

The following is a selected list of resources for research in Religious Studies. For further assistance, contact Paul Frantz, Reference Librarian, at or 541-346-1880

Starting Your Research

These reference sources will provide an overview of a specific topic and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research.

Finding Articles

To look for articles in academic journals or magazines, start with a periodical index. An index will allow you to find articles by subject, by a few keywords which describe your topic, or by author.

  • ATLA Religion database indexes approximately 600 religious studies periodicals and multi-author books, with coverage back to 1949. The full text of about 40 religious journals is included in the database.
  • Index Islamicus is an international bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, covering from 1906 to the present.
  • JSTOR provides full text retrospective coverage of core academic journals.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index provides indexing to about 1500 periodicals in the humanities. Uniquely, it allows researchers to see which journal articles have been cited by subsequent writers.From 1975 to the present.

Finding Books and Dissertations

  • LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for search results that combine, into a single merged list, the collections of the UO Libraries and Summit libraries.
  • Books on religious studies can be found under the following call numbers:
    • BL Religion
    • BM and DS 101-151 Judaism
    • BP and DS 35-39 Islam
    • BQ Buddhism [both in the Knight and East Asian collections]
    • BR-BX Christianity
  • Dissertation Abstracts provides summary information to dissertations in all subjects from 1861 to the present.

Locating Facts and Figures

  • American Religion Data Archive stores and distributes data sets from the leading studies on American religion, including many surveys.
  • Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches (Knight Reference BR 513 .Y4 latest edition) is a basic statistical source for North American religion.

Contacting People and Organizations

Web Resources


Last revised April 2015 by Paul Frantz


Created by pfrantz on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Aug 24, 2015
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