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Religious Studies


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When performing research in religious studies, there are often many variant spellings for the same term (especially in Asian religions, such as Lao-Tzu vs. Lao-Tze vs. Laotse vs. Laotze vs. Laozi). Thus, it can be helpful to try out multiple spellings if you are having trouble finding information.

Finding Articles

Use these selected databases to find articles on your topic:

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Background Sources

Religious Studies Encyclopedias

For a more in-depth list of background sources, also see the Catholic, Judaic, and Islamic studies guides.

Multidisciplinary Encyclopedias

Other Background Sources:

Biblical Research Resources


Bible Interpretations and Commentaries

Commentaries take readers through each passage, explain the meanings of the words and phrases, and discuss the major alternative interpretations.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


A concordance allows you to locate a scripture verse by looking up a specific word and directing you to the chapter and verse where that word is used.

Qur’anic Research Resources

Transliteration Guide

This guide will help with different spellings and transliterations that can affect the results you get while searching on a topic. For example, sometimes it's "Qur'an," sometime's "Quran," and sometimes "Koran." If you're searching one spelling and not getting the results you want, try one of the others listed here.


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


A concordance allows you to locate a scripture verse by looking up a specific word and directing you to the chapter and verse where that word is used.

American Scholars of Religion Videos


American Scholars of Religion Video Collection

The American Scholars of Religion Project, begun in 1998, is a video oral history; it is a collection of short commentaries or vignettes that preserve and illustrate the thinking and scholarly personality of a diverse sample of American scholars of religion. In these video clips we can watch a scholar at work and come to understand that scholarship is often the struggle to understand the question rather than posit an often simplistic answer. The collection represents a wide range of scholarship in America on the topic of religion at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

This video project was conceived, created and produced by Dr. Alfred Benney. Dr. Benney is a retired Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University.

Citations & Support

Citing Your Sources

The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.

Questions about Citations? Save time, ask a Librarian!

Citation Managers

the Zotero logo

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a standalone application that uses browser connectors to save full text, organize sources, and create citations. Click the logo to see more info!

Refworks logo

ATTENTION: Please note that the Library will be ending its subscription to Refworks in July 2022. For more information, see our Refworks-to-Zotero transfer guide.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in the main level of the DiMenna-Nyselius library, will help you with your writing. Tutors will work with you to improve essays, research papers, oral presentations, and more!

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