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REL 123: Faith, Religion and Culture

Spring 2010

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore everything available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7552.

Thia Cooper
Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • MnPALS Plus

    This catalog covers books in our library. Copy down the call number to find books on the shelf. Most religion books are located in the B section on the upper level.
  • WorldCat

    Use this database to request books from other libraries.
Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title. Use the yellow FindIt! button in any of the databases to locate other full text copies of the article. The FindIt! button will tell you if the article is available online through another database, in print in the library (located on first floor), or if you'll need to order the article through Interlibrary Loan. For Interlibrary Loan you'll need your 14 digit barcode (on your 3 Crowns Card) and your password (your last name).
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    A general database covering all disciplines.
  • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rfh

    This database indexes articles, books, and book chapters in the field of religion. It's narrower in focus but goes deeper than Academic Search Premier.
  • ProQuest Newsstand

    A database that includes the contents of major newspapers.
Reference Books
Reference books are great resources to consult at various points during your research. They provide you with background information, help you brainstorm search terms, clarify topics, and often offer lists of recommended reading. All Reference Books are shelved on the main (second) floor of the Library on the Arb side of the building.
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

    Contains entries on world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Taoism. Also covers various movements, sects and cults. Includes entries on the sacred writings of religions worldwide, and short biographies of founders, leaders, gurus, philosophers, mystics, and heretics.
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    An excellent source for information on the Jewish people and religion, offering scholarly and in-depth articles, recently updated to include current research on historical and contemporary topics.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 102.8 .E496 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
    Provides an overview of individuals, concepts, and topics related to Islam.
    • Location(s): Ref BP 40 .E525 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Covers religions from around the world and through history as well as people and ideas related to religion. The articles are written by experts in their fields and include excellent bibliographies. This new edition includes hundreds of new articles, thoroughly revised coverage of all topics in religion, and a handful of "visual essays" that illustrate visual culture as a significant aspect of religion.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 31 .E46 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
    The 5,000+ articles in this resource give a remarkably complete overview of current knowledge about the region. Entries are arranged alphabetically by country, by topic (such as slavery, art, Asians in Latin America), and biographically. Articles are written by experts and are followed by selective bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1406 .E53 2008
  • Encyclopedia of the American Civil War
    Subtitled "A Political, Social, and Military History," this source attempts to "fashion a comprehensive source for a boundless subject." It offers over 1,600 articles on topics related to the war and its context, events leading up to the war and its consequences. There is a special section devoted to primary sources, as well as photographs, drawings, and maps.
    • Location(s): Ref E 468 .H47 2000 (5 vols.)
  • Encyclopedia of the Holocaust
    Offers lengthy articles on topics, each followed by a selective bibliography of useful sources. Covers people, places, events, and concepts.
    • Location(s): Ref D 804.3 .E53 1990 (4 vols.)
  • Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World
    Provides a geographical framework for the understanding of world religions, past and present. It features significant descriptive text along with maps.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 80.2 .F28
  • Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia
    Includes 800+ articles on people, events, works, institutions, and topics related to the territories of present-day Spain and Portugal from 470-1500. Emphasis is on history, literature, language, religion, science, folklore and the arts. Each entry is followed by a brief bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref DP99 .M33 2003
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia
    This recently-revised encyclopedia covers many general topics, but is particularly thorough in its coverage of Catholic doctrine, history, and traditional practice. Includes many illustrations.
    • Location(s): Ref BX 841 .N44 2002
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
    Covers countries of the Islamic world and topics related to Islamic religion, history, and culture. Articles are lengthy and scholarly as well as up-to-date.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 35.53 .O96 2009
Useful Library Resources
Need an article that Gustavus doesn't own? Wondering how to cite your sources? Need a refresher on evaluating websites? Check out these resources!
  • Interlibrary Loan

    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Religion

    Resources in the library and online for research related to religion. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.

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