Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Religious Studies

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and other library resources

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the Library Catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first). 
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Examples of subject headings:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Religion

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also)

  • Atheism
  • God
  • Monotheism
  • Mythology
  • Theology
  • Women and religion

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Hemingway, Ernest'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.    You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: new testament[as a phrase], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: interpretation analysis exegesis [any of these words], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: prayer meditation [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: faith [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as religious studies. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses REF 291.1303
  • Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible REF 220.3 E 2-2
  • Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism REF 294.303 K 1
  • Oxford Dictionary of Islam REF 297.03 O 1

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia Judaica REF 296.03 E 2
  • Encyclopedia of Christianity REF 230.03 E 2
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Religions REF 299.703 H 1
  • Encyclopedia of Religion REF 203 E 3
  • Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology REF 291.1303 G 3

Holy Books

  • Bibles REF 220 (also available for check-out - 220, 3rd floor)
  • Koran REF 297 (also available for check-out - 297, 3rd floor)

Concordances, Handbooks, Atlases

  • Eerdmans Analytical Concordance REF 220.2
  • How to Be a Perfect Stranger: the Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook REF 291.38 H 1
  • Macmillan Bible Atlas REF 220.9 A 2-2
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look under "Find Articles" and click on Databases by Name or Databases by Subject (

  • Proquest, Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines.
    Includes scholarly journal articles.
  • Project MuseFull text scholarly journal articles covering the humanities, and social sciences
  • JSTOR JSTOR Arts & Sciences III is a full text database focused on the arts and humanities. It includes titles from language, literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture.

To browse or search to see if the Library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (

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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site (Religion section) http://www/ or see recommended websites below. is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.
Bible Gateway
Search several versions of the bible for a passage or word. Also includes topic search, and search by book and chapter.
Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library
A large database of Web sites relating to Buddhism. Pure Land Buddhism, Tibetan Studies, Zen Buddhism, Buddhist texts, and links to many online sources are covered.
Encyclopedia Mythica
A comprehensive encyclopedia on topics mythological. Sections include: aboriginal mythology, African mythology, Arthurian legend, Aztec mythology, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Etruscan, Folklore, Greek mythology, Greek heroic legend, Hindu, Inca, Japanese, Judaica, Korean, Mayan, Native American, and Roman mythology.
Hartford Institue for Religion Research
This site focuses on the sociology of religion. Content includes professional associations, sociologists of religion, online syllabi, online articles, research resources. Under "Organizations" are sections on denominations, judicatories, congregations, megachurches, new religious movements and parachurch groups. "Research areas" include women & religion, church growth and decline, religion & the family, religion and the web, congregational studies, pentecostalism, homosexuality & religion.
Islam and Islamic Studies Resources
This site provides a scholarly overview of Islam and related subjects. Find answers to questions about Islamic history, philosophy, art, culture, muslim women and women's rights, islamic sects, and the Quran.
Religous Worlds
"Information and links for study and interpretation of religions." Religious traditions include: Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Islamic, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu, Jain, Shinto, Sikh, Taoist or Daoist, also Alternative or New religions. Links to Religious Studies programs and to other online resources.
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last updated: 04/15/2010 by P. Johnson revision #2