Religion Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)
    Comprehensive index for religious and theological scholarship, including citations for journal articles, monographs, essays in multi-author works, and book reviews.
  • Index Islamicus (1906 to present)
    Covers literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa.
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
    Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.
  • Social Science Database (ProQuest)
    Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
    Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
  • America, History & Life (1964 to present)
    Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
    More than 1.3 million citations for books, articles, essays, dissertations, and other sources on the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Online version of 15-volume standard reference work.
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    Important scholarly encyclopedia for all aspects of Judaic studies.
  • Jacoby Online (Brill)
    The authoritative resource for the study of ancient Greek historians, it includes Jacoby's Fragmente der griechischen Historiker I-III; Brill's New Jacoby, a new English edition of FgrHist I-IIII; and Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker IV and V.
  • Society for Biblical Literature's Bible Odyssey
    Searchable full text for New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the Contemporary English Version (CEVD), and the King James Version (KJV).
  • Bibles topic guide
    Help finding editions of the Bibles in Frost Library.

Primary Sources

Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
    Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
    Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Social Explorer (1790 to present)
    Access to data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, religious congregations, and other sources, with options to create thematic and interactive maps and reports.
  • Association of Religion Data Archives
    Quantitative data sets for the study of American religion
  • National Congregations Study
    Data from 1998 and 2006-2007 surveys of a representative sample of America's churches, synagogues, mosques and other local places of worship.
  • Pew Research Center on Religion & American Life
    Independent polling, research, media analysis, and publications on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs in the U.S. and around the world.

New Titles

Freud's Mahābhārata (Hiltebeitel, Alf, author.) Frost Library; BL1138.27 .H5445 2017

Ramayana : an illustrated retelling (Sattar, Arshia, author.) Frost Library; BL1139.25 .S38 2018

The goddess Frost Library; BL1216.2 .G623 2018

The cow in the elevator : an anthropology of wonder (Srinivas, Tulasi, author.) Frost Library; BL1226.2 .S698 2018

Daoist China : governance, economics, culture (Kohn, Livia, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; BL1910 .K636 2018

Religious journeys in India : pilgrims, tourists, and travelers Frost Library; BL2015.P45 R45 2018

The problem of evil : eight views in dialogue Frost Library; BL216 .P764 2018

Race, religion, and politics : toward human rights in the United States (Mitchem, Stephanie Y., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; BL2525 .M575 2019

Godless citizens in a godly republic : atheists in American public life (Moore, R. Laurence (Robert Laurence), 1940-, author.) Frost Library; BL2760 .M59 2018

Pennies for heaven : the history of American synagogues and money (Judson, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; BM205 .J83 2018

The Aggada of the Bavli and its cultural world Frost Library; BM516.5 .A464 2018

The obligated self : maternal subjectivity and Jewish thought (Benjamin, Mara H., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; BM726 .B43 2018

Nietzsche, Soloveitchik, and contemporary Jewish philosophy (Rynhold, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; BM755.S6144 R96 2018

Rentier Islamism : the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf monarchies (Freer, Courtney Jean, 1986- author.) Frost Library; BP10.I385 F734 2018

The Sanaa palimpsest : the transmission of the Qur'an in the first centuries AH (Hilali, Asma, author.) Frost Library; BP130.45 .H554 2017

The Koran in English : a biography (Lawrence, Bruce B., author.) Frost Library; BP131.15.E54 L39 2017

Le Coran par lui-même : vocabulaire et argumentation du discours coranique autoréférentiel (Boisliveau, Anne-Sylvie.) Frost Library; BP134.N25 B65 2014

Christian Muslim relations : a bibliographical history Frost Library; BP172 .C4196 2009

The religious polemics of the Muslims of late medieval Christian Iberia (Colominas Aparicio, Mònica, author.) Frost Library; BP172 .C5355 2018

The Qur'an and the just society (Harvey, Ramon, author.) Frost Library; BP173.43 .H37 2018

What is political Islam? (Cesari, Jocelyne, author.) Frost Library; BP173.7 .C473 2018

Islam and politics around the world Frost Library; BP173.7 .I7625 2018

Jews and Muslims in South Asia : reflections on difference, religion, and race (Egorova, Yulia, author.) Frost Library; BP173.J8 E46 2018

Knot of the soul : madness, psychoanalysis, Islam (Pandolfo, Stefania, author.) Frost Library; BP190.5.P78 P36 2018

Sounding Islam : voice, media, and sonic atmospheres in an Indian Ocean world (Eisenlohr, Patrick, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; BP190.5.V62 E37 2018

Beyond brainwashing : perspectives on cult violence (Moore, Rebecca, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; BP603 .M667 2018

The canonical book of the Buddha's lengthy discourses : (Taishō volume 1, number 1) Frost Library; BQ1292.E53 I34 2015

Voice of the Buddha : Buddhaghosa on the immeasurable words (Heim, Maria, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; BQ366 .H45 2018

Abhidharma doctrines and controversies on perception (Dhammajoti, Kuala Lumpur, author.) Frost Library; BQ4195 .D493 2018

The five invitations : discovering what death can teach us about living fully (Ostaseski, Frank, author.) Frost Library; BQ4487 .O88 2017

Buddhist economics : an enlightened approach to the dismal science (Brown, Clair, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; BQ4570.E25 B76 2017

Dharma of the dead : zombies, mortality and Buddhist philosophy (Moreman, Christopher M., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; BQ4570.Z66 M67 2018

The Korean Buddhist empire : a transnational history (1910-1945) (Kim, Hwansoo Ilmee, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; BQ665 .K56 2018

Battling the Buddha of love : a cultural biography of the greatest statue never built (Falcone, Jessica Marie, 1976- author.) Frost Library; BQ7310 .F35 2018

Queer nuns : religion, activism, and serious parody (Wilcox, Melissa M., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; BR115.H6 W5425 2018

Truth, community, and the prophetic voice (Libby, Christopher J., author.) Frost Library; BR115.P8 L53 2018

The finger of God : Enoch Mgijima, the Israelites, and the Bulhoek massacre in South Africa (Edgar, Robert R., author.) Frost Library; BR1450 .E34 2018

Joining the choir : religious membership and social trust among transnational Ghanaians (Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D., 1983- author.) Frost Library; BR1463.G5 M36 2018

The kingdom of God has no borders : a global history of American evangelicals (McAlister, Melani, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; BR1642.U6 M33 2018

Pentecostals in America (Sánchez-Walsh, Arlene M., author.) Frost Library; BR1644.5.U6 S264 2018

Sin bravely : a memoir of spiritual disobedience (Rowe, Maggie Wallem, author.) Frost Library; BR1725.R683 A3 2017

Divine games : game theory and the undecidability of a superior being (Brams, Steven J., author.) Frost Library; BS1171.3 .B725 2018

The Bible & archaeology (Richelle, Matthieu, author.) Frost Library; BS1196.5 .R5313 2018

John Lockeʹs political philosophy and the Hebrew Bible (Leiter, Yechiel M., author.) Frost Library; BS1199.P6 L45 2018

The Orthodox study Bible Frost Library; BS195 .O78 2008

The Magdalene in the Reformation (Arnold, Margaret, 1973- author.) Frost Library; BS2485 .A76 2018

Oral tradition and synoptic verbal agreement (Derico, Travis M. (Travis Michael), 1971- author.) Frost Library; BS2555.52 .D46 2016

Exclusion and judgment in fellowship meals (Jamir, Lanuwabang, author.) Frost Library; BS2675.52 .J35 2016

The forgotten creed : Christianity's original struggle against bigotry, slavery, and sexism (Patterson, Stephen J., 1957-, author.) Frost Library; BS2685.52 .P38 2018

Prayer : a guide for the perplexed (Cocksworth, Ashley, author.) Frost Library; BV210.3 .C63 2018

The hymnal : a reading history (Phillips, Christopher N., author.) Frost Library; BV312 .P45 2018

Laughing at the devil : seeing the world with Julian of Norwich (Hall, Amy Laura, author.) Frost Library; BV4832.3 .H355 2018

An explorer's guide to Julian of Norwich (Rolf, Veronica Mary., author.) Frost Library; BV5095.J84 R648 2018

Confession : Catholics, repentance, and forgiveness in America (Carey, Patrick W., 1940-, author.) Frost Library; BX1406.3 .C363 2018

A book of Psalms from eleventh-century Byzantium : the complex of texts and images in Vat. Gr. 752 Frost Library; BX2033 .B66 2016

Das Sakramentar aus Tyniec Frost Library; BX2037 .S25 2018

Corps saints et reliques dans le Midi Frost Library; BX2315 .C67 2018

Miracles in medieval canonization processes : structures, functions, and methodologies Frost Library; BX2330 .M555 2018

Rewriting holiness : reconfiguring Vitae, re-signifying cults Frost Library; BX4655.3 .R49 2017

Elizabeth Seton : American saint (O'Donnell, Catherine (Historian) author.) Frost Library; BX4700.S4 O36 2018

From the monastery to the world : the letters of Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal Frost Library; BX4705.M542 A4 2017

Black bride of Christ : Chicaba, an African nun in eighteenth-century Spain (Pan y Agua, Juan Carlos, author.) Frost Library; BX4705.T457 P3613 2016

The last blues preacher : Reverend Clay Evans, black lives, and the faith that woke the nation (Mills, Zachary William, author.) Frost Library; BX6455.E93 M550 2018

Quaker studies, an overview : the current state of the field (Daniels, C. Wess (Christopher Wess), 1978-, author.) Frost Library; BX7619 .D36 2018

Biblical porn : affect, labor, and pastor Mark Driscoll's evangelical empire (Johnson, Jessica, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; BX7800.F8634 S43 2018

The works of John Wesley (Wesley, John, 1703-1791, author.) Frost Library; BX8217 .W5 1984