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Religious studies

Liaison librarian

  • katherine [dot] hanz [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7644
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Sources for Background Information

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias


NOTE: there are many more encyclopedias and other reference sources (online and in print) that may be appropriate, depending on your topic -- See our Reference Materials page for help finding sources.

Searching the Library Catalogue

For more resources in Religious Studies, consult the library catalogue: McGill WorldCat

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. religio? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words religion, religions, religious, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "New Testament" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase New Testament
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. religion AND (revelation OR "New Testament") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word religion AND either revelation OR the phrase New Testament


To find a specific journal or article for which you have the title of the journal, see our Find Journals guide

For more information on finding articles, see our Find Articles guide

Article Databases + Dissertations and Theses

  • ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
    Core database for religious studies, covering world religions, Bible Studies, Church history, and religious perspectives on social issues
  • Academic Search Complete
    Large, multidisciplinary, and easy to use; includes lots of full text articles
  • America: History & Life
    Covers all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs, including religious history
  • Historical Abstracts
    Comprehensive index to the world's historical literature (except Canada and the United States) from 1450 to the present. Indexes journal articles, selected books, and dissertation
  • 19th Century Masterfile
    Includes Index to Periodical Articles on Religion 1890-1899, by Ernest Cushing Richardson - Tip: Advanced Search > Source
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Onine version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) containing records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia
  • Philosopher's Index
    Covers the philosophy literature and related areas
  • Index Islamicus
    International classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world
    A European, multilingual, multidisciplinary database covering journals and other documents in a range of subjects, including religion
  • Humanities Full Text
    Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with significant full text access to articles
    Retrospective coverage of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication
  • Web of Science
    A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences, humanites, and arts (Social Sciences Citation Index and Humanities Citation Index) and offers citation searching

Dissertations and theses include literature reviews and long bibliographies, and they cover topics that are new or emerging

See our guide Theses & Dissertations for all the details on how to find theses at McGill and beyond

Primary Sources

Internet sites: a select list

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