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RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY: Research Guide | Get Started

Resource suggestions and search tips for research in religion and philosophy.

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Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources can be a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 


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The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Wide-ranging guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, and customs of the world's religions. REF 200.3 Ox2

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Global Dictionary of Theology

A theological dictionary that embraces and explores a full range of global expressions of theology. ebook

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Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology

Designed to help the reader understand and assess the specifically theological significance of the most important concepts. ebook

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Encyclopedia of Religion

Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. ebook

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Encyclopedia of Philosophers on Religion

Presents the religious affiliations and beliefs of prominent philosophers, in A-Z entries. ebook

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Religions of the World

A survey, in four volumes, of religious belief and practice in all 276 of the world's nations and territories. REF 200.3 R279

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Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals, and Festivals

Covers general concepts and ideas, major forms of ritual and festival, and the religious rites and festivals of major and minor religions. REF 203.8 En19

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Religious Holidays and Calendars

A comprehensive, authoritative source of information about the calendars and holidays of the world's religions. ebook

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Encyclopedia of Science and Religion

Addresses the interactions, contradictions and tensions between science and religion, both historically and in contemporary life. REF 201.65 En19


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Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics

Covers a wide range of philosophical ideas. ebook

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The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

The leading, full-scale comprehensive dictionary of philosophical terms and thinkers. ebook

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Encyclopedia of the Mind

Explores the multidimensional nature of the human mind. REF 150 En192

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Encyclopedia of Ethics

Coverage of ethical theory as pursued among English-speaking philosophers. ebook

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Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Features articles from international experts across the discipline of philosophy. ebook

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A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic

Introduces students to the main problems and positions of philosophical logic. ebook

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A Dictionary of Philosophy

Spans the personalities, terminology and vocabulary of thousands of years of philosophical thought in addition to the more recent social and psychological sciences. ebook

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