Religion Resource Guide

There are many resources in the library which will provide information on this topic. The purpose of this Subject Guide is to give you some suggestions for getting started. Keep in mind that another important resource is the librarian at the Reference Desk, (732) 987-2422 or email, who can suggest other useful sources and assist you in using the library catalog and the indexes.

Online Library Catalog

The Library Catalog lists the books, maps, audiovisual materials and periodicals in the university library. You may search the catalog by author, title, subject and keyword. Some possible ways to search for materials would be:

  • Name of a particular person
  • Terms in combination, to narrow the search
  • Terms for types of works

Use Complex Search for more options, like searching for the Item Type "video."

Indexes and Abstracts

Searching by topic in these indexes will give you a list of articles from journals or chapters in books. Some articles will be full text. Some databases are computer-searchable via the campus network.

Academic Search Premier
ATLAS Religion Database
New Testament Abstracts (paper only)
Old Testament Abstracts (paper only)
Wilson OmniFile / Humanities
Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
Project Muse

To see if your article is full text in another database, you may consult the
Journal List.

If an article is not full text in any database, you need to consult the library WebCat, which lists the periodical titles held by the library. WebCat gives you the dates and format (print, microfiche, microfilm) of each periodical title the library subscribes to.

Reference Materials

This is just a sample of available titles. Browse through the "BL-BX" classification in the Reference area to find others.


Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament Ref BS440.B5713
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament Ref BS2312.K5813
The Anchor Bible Dictionary Ref BS440.A54
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary Ref BS491.2.N485
The HarperCollins Bible Commentary Ref BS491.2 .H37
The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible Ref BS425.58
Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible Ref BS425.47
The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion Ref BS440.M36
Encyclopedia of Religion NEW ONLINE Ref BL31.E46
New Catholic Encyclopedia NEW ONLINE Ref BX841.N44
New Historical Atlas of Religion in America Ref G1201.E4 N4

Encyclopedia of Buddhism NEW ONLINE Ref BQ128.E62
The Encyclopedia of Science and Religion NEW ONLINE Ref BL240.3 .E53
The Sociology of Religion Ref BL60 .H6
The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion Ref BL65.P7 E53
Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia Ref KF4783.A68 R45
Handbook of Religion and Mental Health Ref BL65 .M45 H26
Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion Ref BL2525.B45

Internet Resources

The Bible, Revised Standard Version 
The Society of Biblical Literature
Bible Gateway
Official Vatican Website
Catholic Internet Directory
Wabash Center Guide to Internet Resources for Teaching & Learning in Theology & Religion
National Catholic Reporter

You may locate other World Wide Web sites by using search engines such as Yahoo! or Lycos, which permit you to search by names or topics. For assistance, consult the librarian at the Reference Desk.

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