Religion Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • New Titles
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.
  • JSTOR
    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.
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.

Ethics as grammar : changing the postmodern subject (Kallenberg, Brad J.) Frost Library; BJ1251 .K245 2017

A mirror is for reflection : understanding Buddhist ethics Frost Library; BJ1289 .M567 2017

Roots of wisdom, branches of devotion : plant life in South Asian traditions Frost Library; BL1055 .R66 2016

Soulless matter, seats of energy : metals, gems and minerals in South Asian traditions Frost Library; BL1055 .S64 2016

A history of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East (Sharkey, Heather J. (Heather Jane), 1967-, author.) Frost Library; BL1060 .S53 2017

Everyday Hinduism (Flueckiger, Joyce Burkhalter, author.) Frost Library; BL1202 .F58 2015

River and goddess worship in India : changing perceptions and manifestations of Sarasvati (Prasad, R. U. S., author.) Frost Library; BL1225.S25 P73 2017

Visualized texts : sacred spaces, spatial texts and the religious cartography of Banaras (Gengnagel, Jörg.) Frost Library; BL1239.36.V37 G46 2011

Bi no kannon (Mochizuki, Shinjō, 1899- 望月信成, 1899-) Frost Library; BL1475.A9 M68 1960

Junrei no minzoku (Takeda, Akira, 1913- 武田明, 1913-) Frost Library; BL1478.45.J3 T3

The mysteries of Mithras : a different account (Mastrocinque, Attilio.) Frost Library; BL1585 .M263 2017

A Zoroastrian liturgy : the worship in seven chapters (Yasna 35-41) (Hintze, Almut.) Frost Library; BL1590.L58 H56 2007

Ishtar (Pryke, Louise M., author.) Frost Library; BL1605.I8 P79 2017

Confucianism and modernization in East Asia : critical reflections (Kim, Kyŏng-dong, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; BL1844.E37 K96 2017

Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu : American representations of India, 1721-1893 (Altman, Michael J., 1984-, author.) Frost Library; BL2003 .A444 2017

Becoming religious in a secular age (Elmore, Mark, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; BL2016.H56 E46 2016

Hotoke o gendai ni motomete (Kasahara, Kazuo, 1916- 笠原一男, 1916-) Frost Library; BL2210 .K37 1979

Ise dōchū nikki shiryō Frost Library; BL2211.P5 I78 1988

Ise sangū dōchūki : fu Dōchū kozukaichō (Ōba, Kinzō, author 大馬金蔵, author) Frost Library; BL2211.P5 O324

The origins of Shamanism, spirit beliefs, and religiosity (Sidky, H., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; BL2370.S5 S5267 2017

Science and religion : an impossible dialogue (Gingras, Yves, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; BL240.3 .G56413 2017

The new cosmic story : inside our awakening universe (Haught, John F., author.) Frost Library; BL240.3 .H383 2017

On faith and science (Larson, Edward J. (Edward John) author.) Frost Library; BL240.3 .L377 2017

Encyclopedia of American women and religion (Benowitz, June Melby, author.) Frost Library; BL2525 .B45 2017

The business turn in American religious history Frost Library; BL2525 .B87 2017

American religion : contemporary trends (Chaves, Mark, author.) Frost Library; BL2525 .C444 2017

Ecowomanism : African American women and earth-honoring faiths (Harris, Melanie L., 1975-, author.) Frost Library; BL2525 .H365 2017

Fundamentalism : ethnographies on minorities, discrimination and transnationalism Frost Library; BL256 .F86 2016

The other Judaisms of late antiquity (Segal, Alan F., 1945-2011, author.) Frost Library; BM176 .S44 2017

John and Judaism : a contested relationship in context Frost Library; BM535 .J576 2017

Malay court religion, culture and language : interpreting the Qur'ān in 17th century Aceh (Riddell, Peter G., author.) Frost Library; BP130.78.I5 R53 2017

Islam : the essentials (Ramadan, Tariq, author.) Frost Library; BP161.3 .R36 2017

The Islamic enlightenment : the struggle between faith and reason : 1798 to modern times (De Bellaigue, Christopher, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; BP166.14.M63 D4 2017

Muslim history and social theory : a global sociology of modernity (Jung, Dietrich, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; BP166.14.M63 J86 2017

Philosophers, sufis, and caliphs : politics and authority from Cordoba to Cairo and Baghdad (Akhtar, Ali Humayun, author.) Frost Library; BP173.7 .A4924 2017

Rethinking political Islam Frost Library; BP173.7 .H35547 2017

Beyond Turk and Hindu : rethinking religious identities in Islamicate South Asia Frost Library; BP173.H5 B47 2000

Jihadi culture : the art and social practices of militant Islamists Frost Library; BP182 .J54155 2017

Hearing Allah's call : preaching and performance in Indonesian Islam (Millie, Julian, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; BP184.25 .M55 2017

Amplifying Islam in the European soundscape (Tamimi Arab, Pooyan, author.) Frost Library; BP184.3 .T345 2017

Mass religious ritual and intergroup tolerance : the Muslim pilgrims' paradox (Alexseev, Mikhail A., 1963-, author.) Frost Library; BP187.3 .A397 2017

"Mysticism" in Iran : the Safavid roots of a modern concept (Anzali, Ata, author.) Frost Library; BP188.8.I7 A59 2017

The mystics of al-Andalus : Ibn Barrajan and Islamic thought in the twelfth century (Casewit, Yousef, author.) Frost Library; BP188.8.S72 A533 2017

Veil (Zakaria, Rafia, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; BP190.5.H44 Z35 2017

The Arabic Freud : Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt (El Shakry, Omnia S., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; BP190.5.P78 E47 2017

The promise of patriarchy : women and the Nation of Islam (Taylor, Ula Y., author.) Frost Library; BP221 .T39 2017

What Is Islamophobia? : racism, social movements and the state Frost Library; BP52 .W485 2017

The Oxford handbook of new religious movements. Volume II Frost Library; BP603 .H36 2016

Scientology in popular culture : influences and struggles for legitimacy Frost Library; BP605.S2 S3175 2017

Biography of a yogi : Paramahansa Yogananda and the origins of modern yoga (Foxen, Anya P., 1986-, author.) Frost Library; BP605.S43 Y6245 2017

Unfortunate destiny : animals in the Indian Buddhist imagination (Ohnuma, Reiko, author.) Frost Library; BQ1029.I42 O58 2017

Once a peacock, once an actress (Haribhaṭṭa, author.) Frost Library; BQ1463.E5 K46 2017

Buddhism : introducing the Buddhist experience (Mitchell, Donald W. (Donald William), 1943-) Frost Library; BQ266 .M48 2002

Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment (Wright, Robert, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; BQ4050 .W75 2017

Practical aspects of Buddhist ideals (Janakābhivaṃsa, Ashin, 1899-1977, author.) Frost Library; BQ4195 .J3613 2010

The just king : the Tibetan Buddhist classic on leading an ethical life (Mi-pham-rgya-mtsho, ʼJam-mgon ʼJu, 1846-1912, author.) Frost Library; BQ4570.S7 M5413 2017

Kagirinaki itsukushimi Kannon : Nihonjin no shinkō (Numa, Gishō, 1928- 沼義昭, 1928-) Frost Library; BQ4710.A84 J35 1979

Tōsō shijūku yakushi (Ōki, Mamoru, 1930- 大木衛, 1930-) Frost Library; BQ6450.J32 C44 1983

Saikoku shijūku yakushi junrei : hōwa to fudasho annai Frost Library; BQ6450.J32 K5654 1989

Enlightened vagabond : the life and teachings of Patrul Rinpoche Frost Library; BQ7950.O767 E55 2017

The letters of Chan master Dahui Pujue (Zonggao, 1089-1163, author.) Frost Library; BQ9268 .Z645213 2017

The life and times of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (Rab-gsal-zla-ba, Dil-mgo Mkhyen-brtse, 1910-1991, author.) Frost Library; BQ966.A293 R33 2017

Good citizens : creating enlightened society (Nhất Hạnh, Thích) Frost Library; BQ9800.T5392 N45447 2012

The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism (Weber, Max, 1864-1920.) Frost Library; BR115.C3 W413 2003

The dawn of Christianity : people and gods in a time of magic and miracles (Knapp, Robert C., author.) Frost Library; BR129 .K53 2017

The birth of Christian history : memory and time from Mark to Luke-Acts (Becker, Eve-Marie, author.) Frost Library; BR138 .B43 2017

Porphyrios, Contra Christianos (Porphyry, approximately 234-approximately 305, author.) Frost Library; BR160.3 .P6715 2015

Christian martyrdom and political violence : a comparative theology with Judaism and Islam (Rosario Rodríguez, Rubén, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; BR1601.3 .R67 2017

Greek and Latin narratives about the ancient martyrs Frost Library; BR1603.A1 G74 2017

A diagram for fire : miracles and variation in an American charismatic movement (Bialecki, Jon, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; BR1644.5.U6 B53 2017

Moving by the spirit : Pentecostal social life on the Zambian Copperbelt (Haynes, Naomi, author.) Frost Library; BR1644.5.Z33 H39 2017

The rise of Pentecostalism in modern El Salvador (Wadkins, Timothy H., author.) Frost Library; BR1644.S2 W33 2017

Inconsistency in the Torah : ancient literary convention and the limits of source criticism (Berman, Joshua, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; BS1178.H4 B47 2017

Pedagogy in ancient Judaism and early Christianity Frost Library; BS1199.E38 P43 2017

The Levites and the boundaries of Israelite identity (Leuchter, Mark, author.) Frost Library; BS1199.P7 L47 2017

Sodomscapes : hospitality in the flesh (Gallagher, Lowell, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; BS1235.52 .G35 2017

Genesis (Brueggemann, Walter.) Frost Library; BS1235.53 .B78 2010

Exodus (Fretheim, Terence E.) Frost Library; BS1245.3 .F72 2010

Ruth (Laffey, Alice L., 1944-, author.) Frost Library; BS1315.53 .L46 2017

Where shall wisdom be found? (Schreiner, Susan Elizabeth.) Frost Library; BS1415.2 .S335 2017

Landscapes of the Song of Songs : poetry and place (James, Elaine T., 1980-, author.) Frost Library; BS1485.52 .J36 2017

The way of lovers (Japhet, Sara, author.) Frost Library; BS1485.53 .J37 2017

Lamentations (Hens-Piazza, Gina, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; BS1535.53 .H46 2017

Amos : a new translation with introduction and commentary Frost Library; BS1585.53 .E33 2017

The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments together with the Apocrypha Archives and Special Collections; BS185 1829 .N4 x

The New Testament : a historical introduction to the early Christian writings (Ehrman, Bart D.) Frost Library; BS2330.3 .E38 2016

Nersēs of Lambron : commentary on the dormition of Saint John (Nerses, of Lambron, Saint, 1153-1198, author.) Frost Library; BS2455 .N4713 2017

Paul : the pagans' apostle (Fredriksen, Paula, author.) Frost Library; BS2506.3 .F74 2017

The straight mind in Corinth : queer readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Townsley, Gillian, author.) Frost Library; BS2545.H63 T68 2017

The Lindisfarne gospels : new perspectives Frost Library; BS2552.L56 G36 2017

Redescribing the Gospel of Mark Frost Library; BS2585.53 .R434 2017

Ecclesiology and theosis in the Gospel of John (Byers, Andrew J., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; BS2615.52 .B94 2017

Texts and contexts : Gospels and Pauline studies Frost Library; BS2650.52 .T49 2017

The emergence of sin : the cosmic tyrant in Romans (Croasmun, Matthew, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; BS2655.S54 C66 2017

God and Israel : providence and purpose in Romans 9-11 Frost Library; BS2665.6.T5 G63 2017

All the fullness of God : the Christ of Colossians (Thurston, Bonnie Bowman.) Frost Library; BS2715.53 .T48 2017

Civilized piety : the rhetoric of pietas in the pastoral epistles and the Roman Empire (Hoklotubbe, T. Chrisopher (Thomas Christopher), 1983- author.) Frost Library; BS2735.52 .H65 2017

Friendship and benefaction in James (Batten, Alicia J.) Frost Library; BS2785.52.F75 B38 2017

The Book of Revelation and early Jewish textual culture (Allen, Garrick V., author.) Frost Library; BS2825.52 .A45 2017

Catechisms and women's writing in seventeenth-century England (McQuade, Paula, author.) Frost Library; BT1031.3 .M368 2017