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Reference materials are a valuable resource when doing research.  

Use dictionaries to help with terminology.  Encyclopedias provide background information,  an overview of topics and issues and often lead you to further readings.

  •  Oxford Reference Online Premium - includes over 100 dictionary, encyclopedias, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Search the entire collection or limit by specific subject area.
  • Encyclopedia Judaica / Shelomoh Yosef Zeyin, Meyer Berlin, Harry Freedman (1969-1978) (Online at HathiTrust) - BM500.5.E613
  • Encyclopedia Talmudica; a digest of halachic literature and Jewish law from the Tannaitic period to the present time Shlomo Josef Zevin, et. al. (1969-) (Online at HathiTrust) - BM500.5.E613
  • Encyclopedia of religious rites, rituals, and festivals / Frank A. Salamone (2004) BL31.E525 2004
  • The Encyclopedia of Jewish life and thought / Chaim Pearl, et. al. (1996) BM50.E341 1996
  • The JPS guide to Jewish traditions / Ronald L. Eisenberg (2004) (print) (online)
  • Bar Ilan's Judaic library (2007) BM495.B36 2007
  • ​The Encyclopaedia of Judaism / Jacob Neusner, et. al. (2005) BM50.E63 2005 (vols. 1-3)
  • Encyclopaedia of Midrash : Biblical interpretation in formative Judaism / Jacob Neusner & Alan, et. al. (2005) (Online at HathiTrust) -  BM514.E53 2005 (vols.1-2)

Biographical Sources

  • Essential figures in the Talmud / Ronald L. Eisenberg (2013) BM501.15.E37 2013
  • Who's who in Tanakh (2007) (print) (online)
  • Rabbinic exegesis of biblical names and narratives : (in the Talmud and Midrash) / David Mendel Harduf (2002) BS1199.N2.H32 2002
  • Women in scripture : a dictionary of named and unnamed women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament / Carol Meyers, et. al. (2000) BS575.W593
  • Historical dictionary of prophets in Islam and Judaism / Scott B. Noegel, Brannon M. Wheeler (2002) (Online at HathiTrust) - BM645.P67.N64 2002


Content last reviewed: July 16, 2020