Finding Books: Religious Studies

The Library has introduced OneSearch as a single search option. Resources currently included in a OneSearch search are: the Library's catalogue (includes books, musical scores, audio recordings, etc.), all EBSCOhost products, all of the full text journals licensed from Elsevier/ScienceDirect, JSTOR, Sage, Wiley, Springer, ACS, IOP, BioOne, and ProjectMuse, many of the specialty historical full text databases (Alexander Street Press), and millions of index-only article and book records from various sources. Some Proquest databases (CBCA, ASFA, PAIS, Philosopher's Index) and Biosis are included but as optional add-ins, using checkboxes on the far right of the search results screen. More reseources will continue to be added.

If you don't find what you are looking for in OneSearch, or there are just too many result titles, then try searching for the item in a specific database or just the Library catalogue, outside of OneSearch. (From the Library's homepage, click on either Catalogue or Article Databses towards the top of the page.)

Examples of subject headings/keywords to check when doing research for religious topics:

Gods, Hindu
Psychology and religion
Theology, Protestant
Women and religion

Many headings are used with subdivisions, either for a particular geographical area or time period, such as:

Religion and literature -- History -- 19th century
Religious education -- Canada

or for a particular topic, such as:

Bahai Faith -- Doctrines
God Knowableness
Goddesses -- History

Note that if searching for various versions of, or materials about, The Bible, subject headings may include the language, the Old or New Testament, etc.

Bible -- Latin
Bible -- N.T. -- Matthew

For help in selecting subject headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, located across from the public access computers on the Main and Upper Levels.

Circulating books are shelved by Library of Congress call number on the Upper Level. Microforms (microfilm and microfiche) are located next to Special Collections, Main Level. Audiovisual materials (videocassettes, audiocassettes, and CDs) are located in the Collaboratory/Media Centre, or Reference Area, Main Level. Books that have been placed on RESERVE are available from the Circulation Desk.

Some books are in electronic format. The location of these books will be indicated as the Internet. You may access these by clicking on the “chain link” symbol. When accessing from an off-campus computer, use the ID and password that you would use to access your computer account on-campus.

To browse the shelves for books in Religious Studies, try the following ranges:



Religions. Mythology. Rationalism




Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.






The Bible


Doctrinal Theology


Practical Theology


Christian Denominations


Created by: Sharon Clark, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Date Created: May 2001

Revised by: Suzanne Jones, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Revised: March 10, 2015

Date Checked: May 27, 2022


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