Religious Studies

Major Research Tools

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Coverage: 1949-present

Indexes general-interest and scholarly articles, book reviews, book chapters, and theses relating to religious concepts. Emphasis is on Christianity.

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Coverage: 1971-present

Index of Western-language publications on topics relating to Asia.

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Scholarly encyclopedia covering all aspects of the Hindu tradition.

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Second edition (2007) of a scholarly encyclopedia covering Jewish history and culture.

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Authoritative reference source on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes access to the completed second edition, the Glossary and Index of Terms and the in-progress third edition.

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Encyclopedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies.

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Encyclopedia covering Christianity through its 2000-year history within a global context. Originally published 1999-2005.

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From the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, this database indexes a selection of journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.

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Collection of works on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes scholarly encyclopedia articles, Qur'anic materials, and primary sources.

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Collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works on religion from Oxford University Press.

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Electronic version of the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 C.E. to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. Fundamental Latin texts for the study of late antiquity and early modern history.

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Quantitative data on American religion; includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups.

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Digital archive of German-language Jewish newspapers and periodicals,  ca. 1768 - 1938, in Germany, Austria, and elsewhere in Central Europe.  Covers religious, political, social, cultural, and academic aspects of Jewish life.

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Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage.

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Collection of texts printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes literary texts, sermons, legal documents, scientific treatises, and many other types of works.

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Collection of Korans and Koran translations printed between 1537 and 1857 in European cities.

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Digital collection of 180,000 English language books, pamphlets, essays, and broadsides published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.

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An abridged translation of a Persian encyclopedia that is one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. Particularly strong in coverage of Shiʿi Islam. Still a work-in-progress; not many volumes of the translation have been completed yet.

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Online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion, including an image gallery and genealogy tables.

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Covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods.

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Online version of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (AltaMira Press, c1998). Covers world religions, religious perspectives on political and social issues, and religious leaders and scholars around the world.

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A searchable "guide to the current state of knowledge on the background, origins, and development of the canonical texts of the Bible as they were accepted in Judaism and Christianity. The encyclopedia also documents the history of the Bible's interpretation and reception... not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in literature, visual art, music, film, and dance, as well as in Islam and other religious traditions and new religious movements." Includes extensive bibliographical information for each entry.

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Conducts research on churches and congregations in America today. Includes an extensive, ongoing study of megachurches.

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Atlas of the Islamic world showing boundaries, trade routes, railways, empires, ethnic groups, etc.

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Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences

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Coverage: c. 33 AD to 1550 AD

Database of medieval art relating to Christianity with full-text records for nearly 80,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times (ca. A.D. 33) to A.D. 1550. Includes nearly 100,000 images. Disclaimer: approximately 25% of images in the database are currently restricted and cannot be accessed. All other "public images" are available to view.

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Digital collection of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s library and museum collections covering the 13th to 20th centuries and representing many regions, languages, and subjects.

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Encyclopedia covering the history of Jewish women. Includes thematic essays (e.g., abortion, Hadassah) as well as biographical entries.

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Digital archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, containing some 250,000 articles covering Jewish news around the world from 1923-present.Coverage of antisemitism, the Holocaust, the story of Soviet Jews, Israel, and other topics of interest to students of modern Jewish life.

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Classification of narrative elements in folktales, ballads, myths, fables, mediaeval romances, jest-books, and local legends. The above links to the index (Volume 6). To directly access other individual volumes: Vol. 1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3; Vol. 4; Vol. 5.

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Directory of internet resources of possible interest to New Testament scholars.

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Scholarly essays and shorter entries on the world’s many religions. Still a work-in-progress.

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Coverage: 1226-present

Provides links to the full text of papal encyclicals and other papal documents.

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Research, opinion polls (national and global), and news coverage on politics, religion, immigration, demography, and the media. Includes daily tracking of policy trends by state. Its Hispanic Center focuses on the U.S. Hispanic population and its growing impact on the nation.

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Coverage: 1940-present.

Index of books and journals in philosophy and related fields. Includes records for book reviews.

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For studying religious diversity in the United States. Includes a directory, statistics, and maps of religious communities around the country,

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Collection of Jewish literature, artwork, and works of intellectual and religious culture covering 1973-2005. Note that you must register for a free account to access content.

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Finding aid that allows users to identify and localize text fragments of the Qurʾān.

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Selective index of thousands of journal articles, articles in collections, and chapters in books from primary and secondary sources in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, offering worldwide coverage of Jewish studies and the land of Israel. From the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem.

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Core reference work covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.

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Coverage: US Census 1790-2010; American Community Survey 2005-2012, and others.

User-friendly tool for locating and downloading US Census data and other demographic resources. Social Explorer is also an on-line tool for creating maps with this data for export as image files.

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Collection of searchable Bibles consisting of 10 English versions, Greek and Hebrew versions, 4 ancient versions, and 42 versions in other languages, as well as lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, and maps.

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Online dictionary with over 400 entries covering a wide range of topics on the study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

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A collection of public-domain scores from the John Hay Library of Brown University focusing on Yiddish-language music for the stage.  Also includes art songs, folk songs, and sacred music in Yiddish and Hebrew.

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This online encyclopedia covers the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present day. Includes primary documents, images, audio, video, and maps.