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This Research Guide is designed to aid students in using the Iona College Libraries' resources to complete project and assignments in Religious Studies.
Go to the Religious Department's home page to find information about course offerings, program requirements, faculty, and more.
Search for Background Information
Ebook versions of encyclopedias and reference works covering most subjects, as well as a collection of classic literature and criticisms.
Below is a sample of online encyclopedias covering religious studies:
Articles and abstracts from journals, book reviews, and essay collections in all fields relating to religious study.
Religion Database provides a wide range of primarily full-text periodicals and other sources for diverse religious and spiritual studies, covering formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many worldwide religions. It also include scholarly journals from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.
Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile)
Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.
Philosopher's Index with Full Text
This database includes nearly 250 full-text journals. The complete backfile of The Journal of Philosophy is available with no embargo. Documents in the collection include: anthologies, monographs, book reviews, dissertations, and print and e-journal articles from more than 1,800 philosophy and interdisciplinary journals.
Testaments to the Holocaust (in Archives Unbound)
This collection of documents from the Wiener Library in London, contains documentary evidence of Nazi oppression during WWII. Items include written eyewitness accounts, photographs, postcards and a unique collection of Nazi propaganda publications. 75% of the content is written in German.
Academic Search Elite
Articles from journals, magazines and other resources covering multidisciplinary topics.
EBSCO (all collections)
Articles and ebooks covering multidisciplinary subjects from all Ebsco databases.
Scholarly journals and ebooks in the humanities, social sciences, and business. Journal coverage generally ends 3-5 years before the current year. Complimentary access to unlicensed collections has been made available by JSTOR through 6/30/2022 in an effort to support increased online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Articles from journals and newspapers covering all subject areas. Includes dissertations, working papers from OECD, company reports, and country profiles.
SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Journals Online contains 600+ journals covering business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. The full text of every issue is available from Volume 1, Issue 1 to the present.
Where are the Religion Books Located?
In general, books on religion have call numbers beginning 200 through 299. At Iona, these are primarily located on the third floor, south wing.
The Spiritual Masters Athenaeum is also located on the third floor of Ryan Library and consists of several small collections of books on religion and spirituality including the Brother John Driscoll Collection, the Thomas Merton Wisdom Collection, the Msgr. Kenneth Loughman Collection, the Quinlan Collection, and the Spiritual Institute Collection. Additional books on religion may be located in other sections such as the Irish Collection or reference collection. See this complete list of all library collection locations for more information.
List of Dewey Call Number Ranges for Religious Studies:
- 200-209 - General religion
- 210-219 - Philosophy and theory of religion
- 220-229 - The Bible
- 230-239 - Christian theology
- 240-249 - Christian moral and devotional theology
- 250-259 - Local Christian church practices and religious orders
- 260-269 - Christian social and ecclesiastical theology
- 270-279 - History of Christianity
- 280-289 - Christian denominations and sects
- 290-299 - Other religions
- 294.3-294.39 - Buddhism
- 294.5-294.59 - Hinduism
- 296-296.9 - Judaism
- 297-297.9 - Islam