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World Religions Introductory Resources  

Designed for those most familiar with the Christian tradition to begin research in other religious traditions.
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Online Reference Works

  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    A good research for introductory information and additional resources on religions and religious theory. A print copy is available in THEO REF: BL31 .E46 2005 (15 vols.)
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices
    Discusses religions as they are expressed in countries around the world. Search by country or religion. A print copy of this series is available in THEO REF: BL80.3 .W67 2006
  • Reference Universe
    A metasearch of print and electronic reference books, this resource will identify reference books with entries on your search terms, noting those that are available electronically with a blue "e-book" button.

General Reference Works

See also the online reference resources to the right (several of which are also available in print) and the resources listed on the pages of particular religious traditions.

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Oxford Handbook of Global Religions - Mark Juergensmeyer, ed.
Call Number: THEOLOGY REF: BL74 .O94 2006
ISBN: 0195137981
Contains introductory essays with particular reference ti the ways that religious traditions appear in various parts of the world. Each article includes a bibliography for further reading.

Sacred Writings - Jaroslav Pelikan, ed.
Call Number: THEO REF: BL70 .S25 1992 (6 volumes)
v. 1. Judaism: the Tanakh -- v. 2. Christianity: the Apocrypha and the New Testament -- v. 3. Islam: the Qur'an -- v. 4. Confucianism: the Analects of Confucius -- v. 5. Hinduism: the Rig Veda -- v. 6. Buddhism: the Dhammapada.

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Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America - Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds.
Call Number: THEO REF.: BL458 .E52 2006 (3 volumes)
ISBN: 0253346851
Part 7 covers Islam, and Part 8 covers both Buddhism and Hinduism.

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Religious Celebrations - J. Gordon Melton
Call Number: REF. BL590 .R46 2011 (2 vols.)
ISBN: 9781598842050
Publication Date: 2011-08-01
Notes religious holidays regularly observed by different faith groups, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha'i, as well as many regional groups.


Library of Congress Call Numbers

If you're seeking to browse resources in the stacks or reference sections of Pitts or Woodruff, below are some helpful call number ranges.  You can also browse call numbers digitally using the "Browse Shelves" tab in EUCLID.

BL -- Religions.  Mythology.  Rationalism

BL 1100 - BL 1295 -- Hinduism

BL 1300 - BL 1380 -- Jainism

BL 1500 - BL 1590 -- Zoroastrianism

BL 1600- BL 1695 -- Semitic Religions

BL 1830- BL 1883 -- Confucianism

BL 1899 -  BL 1942.85 -- Taoism

BL 2017 - BL 2018.7 -- Sikhism

BL 2216 - BL 2227.8 -- Shinto

BL 2390 - BL 2490 -- Religions of Africa

BM -- Judaism

BP 1 - BP 253 -- Islam. 

BP 300 - BP 395 -- Bahai Faith.

BP 500 - BP 585 -- Theosophy.

BQ -- Buddhism


Native American religions are in subclasses E and F.

The full list of Library of Congress Call Numbers for Subclass B is available.


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