Subject Guide -- Religion

Information in a variety of formats is available through Maag Library on the various world religions, their history, Theology, Religious biography, and Religious ethics, to name a few topics. This subject guide provides suggestions on which you can base your initial research. For further assistance, contact the Maag reference desk, chat with a librarian online via the Maag Library home page or contact the librarians.

Reference Resources

Reference resources provide general coverage in the subject area of Religion. Bibliographical references provided by some of these titles can serve to expand your research.

  • Oxford Reference, Religion and Philosophy (Database)
    Provides fast access to reference resources in the area of Religion and Philosophy.
  • Great Thinkers of the Western World REF B72.G74 1992
    A chronologically arranged guide to the theoretical ideas of one hundred and sixteen of the most outstanding thinkers of Western history.
  • Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions REF BL31.D53 1994
    Breaks each major system of belief down to its most significant parts. Outlines are given of each faith or philosophy, augmented by biographies of figures most influential in their growth.
  • The Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL31.E46 1993
    Covers a wide range of religious topics ranging from the Paleolithic age to the present.
  • The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion REF BL31.H37 1995
    Contains in excess of three thousand two hundred entries on world religions and associated terms.
  • Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions REF BL31.M47 1999
    A guide to the religions of the world and the concepts, movements, people and events associated with them.
  • Holy People of the World : a Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia REF BL72.H65 2004
    Three volumes of biographical details of religious figures.
  • Who’s Who of World Religions REF BL72.W54 1992
    Intended for use by both the specialist and general reader, this resource contains one thousand five hundred entries on key figures from Aaron to Zwingli.
  • Mythologies REF BL311.D513 1991 v.1-2
    A general guide to mythologies of the world.
  • Guide to the Gods REF BL473.L43 1992
    A comprehensive guide to gods and goddesses of the ancient Near East as well as those of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Finding Books

Books can be found by searching the Maag Library or OhioLINK catalogs. OhioLINK books are available through inter-library loan, and generally arrive within three days.

Academic library collections are organized using Library of Congress Classification which organizes books within similar subject areas in the same general area of the collection.

The following are general Library of Congress classes under which books on Philosophy are found.

  • BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism including Hinduism, Jainism, Shintoism, etc.
  • BM Judaism
  • BP Islam. Bahai faith. Theosophy etc.
  • BQ Buddhism
  • BR Christianity
  • BS The Bible
  • BT Doctrinal theology
  • BV Practical theology
  • BX Christian denominations

Searching by subject heading is the most effective way to conduct research. Once you find a relevant resource, click on the attached subject headings in the catalog record to find other resources in the same subject area.

The following is a list of subject headings under which you may find useful resources.

Finding Articles

Students rely heavily on online subscription databases to conduct searches for scholarly articles. Maag Library also maintains some print subscriptions to journals. Should you not find the full text for a specific article online, it may be available through the Maag Library print serial collection or the print serial collection of another OhioLINK library.

The following are some of the core online databases for research on Religion however, you should be encouraged to sample any of the numerous online databases available through the Maag Library home page.

  • ATLA Religion Database
    An index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Subject areas include antiquities and archaeology, Bible, church history, ecumenism, ethics, missions, pastoral ministry, philosophy, religions and religious studies, and theology. This is an index which provides citations only. Most journal titles for these citations can be found through the Electronic Journal Finder.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
    This resource covers such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
  • Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
    The Electronic Journal Center includes the full text of more than 6000 online research journals covering many subject areas.
  • Academic Search Premier

    Academic Search Premier is the world’s largest scholarly, multi-discipline, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This resource indexes over 4300 periodicals and contains the full text for over 3400 scholarly publications. This scholarly collection provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage)

    The content of JSTOR spans many disciplines, including Religion. It's purpose is to provide wide spread access to an archive of high quality scanned images of articles printed in important scholarly journals. Be advised that this is a retrospective resource, and that there will be a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published issue and the issues available in JSTOR.