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An overview of scholarly resources in religious studies
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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News about the Religion Collection

Featured Acquisition: Religion Past and Present Online. Edited by Hans Dieter Betz, et al. Leiden: Brill.

New Acquisitions Select month, subject and area. Note, this list includes gifts to the Library.

Newsletter Archive, quarterly newsletters from the Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy


Library Workshops

The Library offers many workshops throughout the academic year. In addition, the religion specialist offers workshops specifically designed for those studying religion and for those writing a BA thesis in religious studies. If you are teaching a class, she will work with you to offer a workshop catered to the needs of a specific class assignment. Instructors can also link to this religion guide on their Chalk sites.



Welcome to the University of Chicago Library's research guide for religion. In this guide I have gathered together many of the tools needed for research in religious studies. If you have suggestions or comments, please let me know.

If you're new to religious studies and are exploring a particular topic, I recommend starting with some reference sources like encyclopedias and handbooks/companions.

One can learn more about a resource by clicking on the blue information button blue information button.


About the Collection

The University of Chicago Library is one of the largest and richest research collections (both in print and online formats) in the world. Our print resources are housed in six library sites, all of which are located on the main campus. You may need to visit more than one of these libraries depending on the interdisciplinary nature of your work.

While we strive to build the best collections possible, we cannot purchase every available resource. For example, we focus on materials that will enhance and contribute to the mission of the University and the needs of our faculty and students. I have outlined some of the principles I use in building our religion collection in this brief  collection development policy statement, which is part of a larger Library statement.


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