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Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in religion.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian:
Lois Coleman
306C Lehman Hall

Major Databases for finding journal articles

  • ATLA Religion Database: Abstracts for articles in periodicals and collections of essays in religion and theology; book reviews are also included.
  • Catholic Periodical and Literature Index: Indexes articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics or produced by Catholic publishers.
  • Historical Abstracts provides citations to journal articles on all aspects of world history from 1450 to the present. Journals included date back to 1955. Selected books are also available in full text.
  • Index Islamicus: Index of journals, conference proceedings, books, multi-author works, book reviews, websites, and other materials in European languages as well as Turkish, Malay, and Indonesian, on all aspects of Islamic history, culture, law, art, and philosophy.
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals: Indexes English-language articles and book reviews in periodicals devoted to Jewish affairs.
  • JSTOR includes page images of key scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, including many articles from Middle East Studies journals. Coverage spans the late 19th century to the present.
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts: Abstracts for articles, many of them interdisciplinary, in scholarly journals of religion and theology.
  • Sociological Abstracts: Abstracts for articles in sociology journals that concern the sociology of religion, religion and society, etc.


Other Useful Sources


Finding Books

CLIO - Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.

Religion call number range: BL

For primary sources use keywords:

  • archives
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • narratives
  • memoirs
  • sources

JTS: The online catalog of the Jewish Theological Seminary Library.

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