Introduction to Religion

Fall 2012

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-111; Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)Susan Niditch (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference



 Amherst catalog

Search the Amherst catalog by keyword, title, author, or subject using the Library Quick Search box at the top of every page. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out.

Try the Advanced Search:
your person's name [in the first box]
grave or burial or tomb or cemetery or house [in the second]

Or search your person as a Subject (last name, first name)

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 Five Colleges catalog

You can also use the Quick Search box to search the Five Colleges catalog. Use request icon  to log in with your barcode and have an item sent via Five College Delivery (1-2 business days).



For even more, use WorldCat to search for and request items from libraries nationwide. Use SFX logo 2011 tiny at the top of a record to get to the Interlibrary Loan option, or go directly to ILLiad to make your request (7-10 days).

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)
Index to journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion.

Discovery searches (aka academic Google):

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more 
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

ProQuest Search Platform
An aggregated search of all 21 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in Discover).

Newspaper databases:

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

Newsstand (ProQuest)
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide.

American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.

Biography in Context
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Oxford Reference
Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.