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Religions of the World: Online Catalog

This is a guide to researching religions of the world: Western and Eastern Christianity, Eastern religions, Islam, Bahai, New Age Movements, Judaism. Last updated 06-26-2023

Online Catalog

It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search starting at the left side of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other.  To do a more traditional search, read on.

Below the general search box, click on Books and Media to search for physical, paper/cloth bound books, paper/cloth bound journals, physical media, such as DVDs or microforms, or individually cataloged electronic items.

In Books and Media, click on the down arrow on the right side of the form where it says "Catalog."  Choose the type of search you want to do.  In the box to the right put in your search terms.  Enter author's name last name, first name or first name last name.  Omit initial articles in book titles; include them as they occur within the book title itself.  To search by L.C. subject heading, it may be better to use the Browse Alphabetically Browse by Subject lower down in the list than Catalog: Subject, because those results will show the surrounding subject headings and number of hits retrieved.  After you receive your results, notice that you can filter them in various ways, by using the facets along the left side of the page.

Advanced search allows for combination of more than one search aspect, such as author and title or subject and keyword (Any Field), or several rows of keywords.  You can also confine your results to particular parts of our Collections, using the location area, lower right.

Below the general search box, click on E Books and Journals to search for journals in electronic form or individual electronic books that will have been received by the Library in a package.  You may need to check both Books and Media and E Books and Journals to find your electronic book.

The Library of Congress List of Subject Headings,a set of fat, red books in Reference first floor East, at Z 696... provides the official subject headings for use in LC Subject searches. These common subject headings below may be useful; use Books and Media, Browse Alpabetically Browse by Subject search. 

African American churches
African American clergy

African American singers
assisted suicide
Bible. English--Versions--authorized
Bible--Black interpretations
Bible--feminist criticism
big churches
bioethics--religious aspects
Catholic Church [for the Roman Catholic Church]
Catholic Church--Byzantine rite
Catholic Church--history
Christian teenagers
church work with immigrants
death--religious aspects
Evangelical churches
Evangelical revival
feminism--religious aspects
fundamentalist churches
gifts, spiritual

gospel music

gospel musicians

gospel singers
Great Awakening

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust denial literature
Holocaust survivors
Holy Spirit
homosexuality--religious aspects
Islamic fundamentalism
liberation theology
Muslim women
Pentecostal churches
poverty--religious aspects
right to die
Torah scrolls
women and religion
women clergy
women in the Bible
youth--religious life