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Internet Sacred Text Archive
English translations of major sacred texts for most maintstream religious movements (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism Buddhism) as well as myths, legends, sagas, and obscure spiritualist movements. Most of the translations date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Films on Demand: Philosophy & Religion Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video on topics in ethics, social and political philosophy, history of philosophy, religion and sprirituality, world religions, and more.
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Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource findit database
Search over 2,000 scholarly journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

America: History & Life Restricted Resource findit database
Search 2,000 scholarly journals on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present (the rest of the world is covered in Historical Abstracts).

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BBC World Service: Your Guide to World Religions
Brief descriptions of major religions and useful links.

Catholic Encyclopedia
Designed to present its readers with the full body of Catholic teaching, the Encyclopedia contains not only precise statements of what the Church as defined, but also an impartial record of different views of acknowledged authority on all disputed questions. The online edition is based on the 1917 print edition.

Encyclopaedia Judaica
Print Location: REF DS102.8 .E496 Unrestricted Resource Some full text availableeref Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
SCSU owns both the original print and the updated online editions of this title. The updated online edition of this classic work includes more than 21,000 entries on all aspects of Jewish life, culture, history, and religion.

Jewish Encyclopedia
This is the online version of the Jewish Encyclopedia which was originally published between 1901-1906. Because of this works publication date, it does not include events of the 20th century. However, it contains important information that is relevant today.

Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia of world myth, legend, and folklore containing over 6100 articles on gods and goddesses, heroes and demons, supernatural beings and creatures, and sacred objects. Users can browse topics or search by keywords.

Encyclopedia of African Religion Restricted Resource Some full text availableeref ebook
Explores such topics as deities and divinities, the nature of humanity, the end of life, the conquest of fear, and the quest for attainment of harmony with nature and other humans. Include nearly 500 entries that seek to rediscover the original beauty and majesty of African religion.

Encyclopedia of Global Religion Restricted Resource Some full text availableeref ebook
Provides a comprehensive overview of the globalization of religious culture and society around the world in both its historical and contemporary aspects. The encyclopedia includes topics related to the diaspora of cultures and dispersions of peoples; the transitional aspects of religious ideas and practices; the cultural diversity of religious traditions; and the responses of religion—both negative and positive—to multicultural society.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World Restricted Resource Some full text availableeref ebook
This encyclopedia looks at Islam's role in the modern world in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more.

Encyclopedia of Religion
REF BL31 .E46 1987 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Multi-volume set covers all world religions.

Additional Print Reference Books can be found on 1st floor of the Miller Center Library (call numbers BL-BX)
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Religion Resources in the Library

Miller Center Basement

Books on Religious Studies begin with call numbers BL-BX

BL=Religions, Mythology, Rationalism
BS=The Bible
BT=Doctrinal Theology
BV=Practical Theology
BX=Christian Denominations
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