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Understanding Your Topic
The first step in research in any subject is making sure you understand your topic. Use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sources to gather background information to better understand your topic.
Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics by
Call Number: BL2525 .D58
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
An A-to-Z reference on all facets of American religion and politics, from the early days of the republic to the rise of the political power of the Christian Right. Over 600 entries cover key religious and political leaders, historical events, court cases, concepts and religious denominations.
The Qur'an by
Call Number: BP133 .Q87
Publication Date: 2005
The objective of The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia is to present a diversity of thoughts amd approaches in order to give a strong appreciation of the range of response that the text has provoked throughout its history and providing students and researchers with a powerful one-volume resource covering all aspects of the text and its reception.
Encyclopedia of Religious Freedom by
Call Number: BV741 .E47
Publication Date: 2003
The Encyclopedia consists of 150 essays by scholars on topics including concepts and ideas, historical events and eras, major world religions, key issues of religious freedom, minority groups and the stance of major world religions on the issues of religious freedom.
Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions by
Call Number: Electronic Book
Publication Date: 2009
"Comprehensive as well as compelling, with coverage on more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information on these groups is presented in two distinct sections.
The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions by
Call Number: BL31 .O84
Publication Date: 1997
The best-value and most wide-ranging reference volume available on the subject The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is an exceptionally wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, customs, and artifacts of the worlds religions past and present.
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by
Publication Date: 2009-12-29
Details more than 3,000 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.
Dictionary of Sects, Heresies, Ecclesiastical Parties, and Schools of Religious Thought by
Publication Date: 2019-01-02
In an attempt to organize the swiftly-growing diversity in Christianity during the nineteenth century, the author compiled a learned compendium of the known religious groups of his day.
General Religion Reference
The Counter-Creationism Handbook by
Call Number: BS651 .I82 2007
Publication Date: 2007
The Counter-Creationism Handbook is a one-stop resource for addressing over 400 of the most prevalent claims made by creationists.
Hidden Religion by
Call Number: BL610 .I87
Publication Date: 2014
Covering secret societies, mysterious ancient traditions, and the often-mistaken history of the world's religious symbols, this book takes readers on a tour through the fascinating world of religious symbolism and reveals the most mysterious and misunderstood facets of religion.
New Religions by
Call Number: BP603 .N492
Publication Date: 2004
New Religions offers an authoritative and lavishly illustrated guide to more than two hundred wildly varied groups and movements of new religions.
Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions by
Call Number: BP161.3 .G85
Publication Date: 2004
An introduction to the religious practices, celebrations, festivals, observances, beliefs, folklore, customs, and calendar system of the world's Muslim communities, including an overview of Islamic history and geography.
A World Religions Reader by
Publication Date: 2020-02-10
A comprehensive and accessible textbook which explores the traditions and beliefs of the world's living religions - the fully updated and revised new edition The World Religions Reader is an inclusive, student-friendly examination of the history, teaching, practices, and appeal of the world's major religions.
Additional Reference Sources
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) This link opens in a new window
A collection of reference e-books covering a wide range of topics.
Oxford Reference This link opens in a new window
A collection of electronic reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias, covers a broad range of topics ranging from short-entry, general reference to more in-depth articles on specialized subjects. A good place to start your research.