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This page lists resources related to Religion and Religious Studies. For a full list of Wheaton's electronic resources, consult this list.
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ATLA Religion Database [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes scholarship of religion, including Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. From the American Theological Association; 1949 - present.
Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR)
Database containing over 48,000 open-access social science articles and papers.
Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.
Index Islamicus Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, and book reviews on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. From the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. A ProQuest database, 1906 - present.
Index of Medieval Art Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Indexes primarily Christian art, plus other religious and secular imagery such as Jewish and Islamic works, from early apostolic times to approximately 1550 A.D. Includes many photographic reproductions.
Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journals, dissertations, conference papers, and selected books in sociology and related disciplines. A ProQuest database; 1952 to present. 
AnthroSource Restricted Resource Some full text available
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource brings 100 years of anthropological material online to scholars and the public, with current issues for 11 of the AAA's most critical peer-reviewed publications including American AnthropologistAmerican Ethnologist, and Cultural Anthropology
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Full text backfiles of over 2,500 core scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To help you navigate and search JSTOR, check their helpful how-to guide (PDF). 

Note: JSTOR includes 16 current titles, but for all others, JSTOR does not contain the most recent 1-7 years of content. Many of these titles are continued in the Library's print and/or electronic subscriptions, however. Check the Journal Finder for complete holdings information.

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text current and archival articles from 670+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. The Library's subscription also includes over 7,000 e-books. Updated continually.


Bibliographic database hosted at the University of Toronto and the Université Catholique de Louvain which aggregates the tables of contents of about 200 scholarly periodicals (and some Festschriften) in Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion, with more than 100,000 articles captured and even some links to full text. 1992-present; select pre-1992 coverage. 

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society Some full text available
Online version of the AltaMira Press reference work edited by William H. Swatos, Jr., hosted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford Seminary.
Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion
Comprehensive, 2-volume reference work covering all major and most minor religions of the world and their relationship with and attitudes toward women. 
Call Number: Ref. ​BL458 .E53 1998. 
Encyclopedia of Buddhism Restricted Resource Some full text available
Two-volume reference source on the history, theology, and sociocultural context of Buddhism. 2004. Call Number: Ref. BQ128 .E62 2004. 
JAINpedia Some full text available
Extensive resource about Jainism, including a digital library of important manuscripts from the history of the religion held in British archives and libraries.
Jewish Encyclopedia Some full text availableopenURL
Full text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia.
New Encyclopedia of Judaism Restricted Resource Some full text available
In-depth reference work on historical, theological, cultural, and biographical aspects of Judaism.
Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology Restricted Resource Some full text available
Thorough reference work offering comprehensive background information on all aspects of modern Christian theology as well as Christian theological interpretations of social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena. 
Catholic Encyclopedia
Full text of the "Old" Catholic Encyclopedia (originally published between 1907 and 1914).
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) Some full text available
Comprehensive, editorially supervised online encyclopedia covering Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite history, culture, and belief systems. Based on the Mennonite Encyclopedia (originally published 1955-59), with contemporary revisions, updates, and additions.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation Some full text available
Covering both religious and socio-political aspects of the Reformation, this four-volume encyclopedia serves as wide-ranging compendium on the history of Europe in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 
Call Number: Ref. BR302.8 .O93 1996. 
Oxford Islamic Studies Online Restricted Resource
Features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved. Includes time lines, images, maps and primary source documents including two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur'an.
Encyclopedia of Islam Some full text available
Standard reference work on Islam and the Muslim world, written primarily (though not exclusively) by Western scholars. (The original edition dates to the early 20th century but has twice been thoroughly reviewed and revised.) 
Call Number: Ref. ​DS37 .E523. 
New Encyclopedia of Islam Some full text available
Shorter but up-to-date reference work covering historical, cultural, and religious aspects of Islam. 
Call Number: Ref. BP40 .G42 2001. 
Encyclopedia of Mormonism Some full text available
Quasi-official encyclopedia on the history, institutions, and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Hosted by the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.
African American Religious Culture Restricted Resource
Extensive encyclopedia outlining religious customs, institutions, and experiences of African Americans (understood as people of African descent in all of the Americas, not just the United States), from the 15th century to the present.
Hispanic American Religious Cultures Restricted Resource Some full text available
Extensive encyclopedia outlining religious customs, institutions, and experiences of Hispanic Americans, from the introduction of Roman Catholicism to the Americas in the late 15th century to the present. 
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy Restricted Resource Some full text available
"Covers the main traditions within Asian thought: Persian; Indian; Buddhist; Chinese; Japanese; and Islamic philosophy. Each section provides comprehensive coverage of the origins of the tradition, its approaches to, for example, logic and languages, and to questions of morals and society. Also contains useful histories of the lives of the key influential thinkers, as well as a thorough analysis of the current trends." 1997. 
Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
Digital library of over 700 cross-searchable reference books in a wide variety of disciplines. A great starting point for your research that also leads you right to the library catalog and other databases.

Digital Libraries and Collections

World Digital Library (WDL) Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
"The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures." 

Data and Statistics

Association of Religion Data Archives
ARDA allows you to interactively explore data on American and international religion using online features for generating national profiles, GIS maps, church membership overviews, denominational heritage trees, tables, charts, and other reports.


Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full text database of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People. A ProQuest database, 1959 - present.


Digital Islamic Humanities Project
"The Digital Islamic Humanities Project is a research initiative of the Middle East Studies program at Brown University. This site contains a working bibliography, useful resources, a frequently updated blog, and information about ... conference[s]." 
H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online
"H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. [Its] edited networks publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussions for colleagues and the interested public."