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Reference materials are excellent resources for background information on your topic, as well as a way to find ideas for a topic and keywords to use when searching databases.  Materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides and bibliographies can be found by performing a KEYWORD search and adding dictionar* or encyclop* to limit the results.

To find reference materials in Omni, perform a KEYWORD/SUBJECT search
       for example: christian* AND encyclop*

Examples:
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences   Excellent source for definitions and information on concepts and theories in sociology and anthropology.   REF  H41 .I5 2001 (26 v. set available online and in print) 
Oxford Reference (Online)  Gateway to dictionaries and encyclopedias in Religion and Philosophy.
Sage Knowledge Encyclopedias
Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology / George Ritzer (2007) (Online at HathiTrustHM425.B53 2007
Encyclopaedia Iranica / Ehsan Yarshater (1996-)
Encyclopaedia Judaica / Fred Skolnik (2007)
Encyclopaedia of Islam / H.A.R. Gibb et. al. (1960-) DS37.E523 (vols. 1-10)
Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam / H.A.R. Gibb, et. al. (1953) (Online at HathiTrust)
Encyclopedia of Religion / Lindsay Jones (2005)
The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion / Robert Wuthnow (1998)
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'¯an / Jane Dammen McAuliffe (2001) BP133.E53 2001 (vols. 1-6)
The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia / Oliver Leaman (2005)
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America / Rosemary Skinner Keller, et. al. (2006) BL458.E527 2006 (vols. 1-3)
Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures / Suad Joseph (2006-)
Encyclopedia of women and world religion / Serinity Young (1999) (Online at HathiTrustBL458.E53 (vols. 1-2)

Content last reviewed: August 12, 2020