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Why Use Reference?
Reading about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook may be one of the most effective and time saving research tips. These resources can help you define unfamiliar terms, understand the parameters of current debate in a particular area and provide you with a preliminary bibliography on the subject. Listed here are a few sources to get you started.
Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions
Call Number: Reference BL31 .B75 2006
One-volume dictionary containing entries, of varying lengths, that cover the major topics, concepts, people, artifacts, and places related to religions around the world.
Encyclopedia of Religion
Call Number: Reference BL31 .E46 2005
A 15-volume encyclopedia that covers all aspects of religion from Aaron to Zwingli. Many articles include annotated bibliographies.
Religions of the World
Call Number: Reference BL80.3 .R45 2010
Multi-volume encyclopedia that covers the religions of more than 240 countries, including all of the larger religious communities, denominations, and sects, plus a number of small but newsworthy religious groups.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices
Call Number: Reference BL80.3 .W67 2006
Information on current religious practices around the world. Volume 1, Religions of the World, contains 20-to-25-page entries on 13 major religions and 3-to-5 page entries on 28 religious subgroups. Volumes 2 and 3 focus on the significant religions in 193 countries.
Encyclopedia of Islam by
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Encyclopedia of World Religions is a new series from ""Facts On File"" that explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their historical and social background. Each volume was written by an expert in the field, and reviewed and approved by series editor, J. Gordon Melton. Ideal for high school and junior college students, these authoritative references are accessible enough to be of use to the general reader as well as the serious scholar. Each volume includes approximately 600 A-to-Z entries that provide easy access to the theological concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of each religion and the way it is practiced today. Fascinating introductions by each author place the religion in context, and further readings, a bibliography, an index, and approximately 80 black-and-white photographs complete these invaluable resources.