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Religious Studies: General Reference Sources

A guide for reference and online resources for Religious Studies.

Online Reference Sources - UCSB Subscriptions

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Blackwell Companions

Oxford Reference Online

Primary Sources

  • A collection of religious adherent statistics and religious geography citations. Contains 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.


  • Primary History Documents from Western Europe.

Historical Text Archive

  • Provides high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.

Internet Sacred Texts Archive

  • Online archive of sacred texts from many of the world's religions. Scroll down the left side and click on a tradition.

Perseus Project

  • Tufts University's digital library project, containing materials related to: Greece & Rome, Renaissance, 19th century America and more. Access to Greek and Latin lexica.

Religion Online

  • This site has thousands of full-text articles on Religious Studies, but its focuses are Christianity and sociology.

General Print Reference Sources

Atlas of the World’s Religion
   Main Ref  G 1046.E4 A75  1999

    Brill Dictionary of Religion (4 vols.)
       Main Ref  BL 31 M4813 2007

      Dictionary of Atheism, Skepticism & Humanism
         Main Ref  BL 2705 C66 2006

        Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities
           Main Ref  BL 782 C67  2000

          Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism (3 vols.)
             Main Ref  BL 501 E53  1998

            Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements
               Main Ref  BT 891  E53  2000

              Encyclopedia of Monasticism (2 vols.)
                 Main Ref  BL 631 E63 2000

                The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions
                   Main Ref  E 98 R3 H73  1991

                  Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (2 vols.)
                     Main Ref  BL 65 P7 E53 2007

                    Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2 vols.)
                       Main Ref  BL 31 E465  2005

                      Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals and Festivals
                         Main Ref  BL 31 E47 2004

                        Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (2 vols.)
                           Main Ref  BL 240.3 E53  2003

                          Encyclopedia of World Religions
                             Main Ref  BL 80.3 E54 2007

                            Encyclopedia of World Scriptures
                               Main Ref  BL 70 S56  2001

                              Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements
                                 Main Ref  BP 601 C47  2001

                                The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition
                                   Main Ref  BL 245 H57  2000

                                  Mythologies (Y. Bonnefoy) (2 vols.)
                                     Main Ref  BL 311 D513  1991

                                    Pilgrimage: From the Ganges to Graceland (2 vols.)
                                       Main Ref  BL 619 P5 D38 2002

                                      Religions of the World: Comp. Encyclopedia of beliefs (4 vols.)
                                         Main Ref  BL 80.3 R45  2002

                                      The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, 2nd ed.

                                         Main BL41 .R685 2010

                                        Shamanism: An Encyclopedia… (2 vols.)
                                           Main Ref  GN 475.8 S445 2004

                                              Online Reference Sources

                                              Dissertations & Theses

                                              You will probably most often find what you need through the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses database which contains dissertations and theses from U.S. and CANADIAN institutions.

                                              For dissertations approved at BRITISH institutions use:

                                              For dissertations approved at European (other than the U.K.) institutions use:

                                              The Center for Research Libraries has a selected collection of dissertations from around the world; some are in digital format.  For dissertations approved at institutions throughout the world use: