Reference Resources

Use reference materials for an overview and background information for your topic, or to find good keywords to use when searching databases.  These are dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, bibliographies, indexes and abstracts.

To find reference materials in Omni, perform a KEYWORD or SUBJECT search
       for example - KEYWORD search:  religion AND canad* AND encyclop*
       for example - SUBJECT search:     religion encyclopedias


Oxford Reference (Online)  Gateway to dictionaries and encyclopedia in Religion and Philosophy.
SAGE Knowledge Encyclopedias
Encyclopaedia Iranica / Ehsan Yarshater (1996-)
Encyclopaedia Judaica / Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum (2007)
Encyclopaedia of Islam / H.A.R. Gibb (1960-) DS37.E523 (vols. 1-11)
Encyclopedia of Religion / Lindsay Jones (2005) (2004)
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'¯an / Jane Dammen McAuliffe (2001) (Online at HathiTrust
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America / Rosemary Skinner Keller, et. al. (2006) BL458.E527 2006
Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals and Festivals / Frank A. Salamone (2004) BL31 .E525 2004
Encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology / Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer (2010) (2002) (print.- 1996)
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences / Neil J. Smelser, Paul B. Baltes (2002)


Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021