Subject Guides:
Religion & Mythology

Religion & Mythology

Subject Guide to Library Resources

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Religion is a reverence for a supernatural power that is accompanied by a set of beliefs, values, and rituals or practices based on one's conviction that the supernatural power has a direct affect on the life and destiny of the individual.

Mythology is a collection of (usually) ancient stories belonging to a people which explains their history, gods, origins, and beliefs.

Spirituality is a person's regard for the immaterial, sacred or incorporeal-- the things of the spirit. It is a quality that shows concern and care for the health of one's soul or inner being.

Theology is the study or school of thought about the nature of God and man, practices to be upheld, and other religious topics such as the concept of evil and the afterlife.

Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock & al-Aqsa Mosque with the
Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of the Ancient Jewish Temple

Books and articles on the subject of religion are found in the humanities indexes, but as religion is also a subject studied in the fields of sociology, anthropology and other social sciences, that research will also be found in the social science indexes. As you study, you will find that much of the great art and architecture of the world has come from religious expression. On the other hand, you will also find that much of the world's suffering has come in the name of religion from wars, intolerance and prejudice.

Jerome
St. Jerome, Bible translator, ca. 340-420 A.D.
A good place to start a paper is to read a little general literature about the topic (encyclopedia, internet article) and look up basic terms that are unfamiliar to you. Dictionaries or encyclopedias can be found in the reference area of the library which specifically deal with the areas of religion or mythology.

The next step would be to look for books which cover or touch upon your specific topic. Search through the chapter headings and indexes of books that seem relevant to zero in on information relating to your specific topic.

Finally, look for journal articles focused on your specific area of inquiry for more in-depth and recent coverage.

When unable to find answers to your questions in these resources, the internet, bibliographies, and reference books will often give you new leads to the answers. Finally, don't forget the wealth of information contained in videos.


FIND REFERENCE TOOLS FIND BOOKS IN THE CATALOG FIND VIDEOS
FIND ARTICLES FIND INTERNET RESOURCES


FIND REFERENCE TOOL

Reference tools are generally found in a reference area where many people can refer to general information. Items found in Reference Areas cannot be checked out of the library.

Occasionally older copies of Reference items, or similar items can be found in the circulating collection.

To find articles and books on religion, mythology and related fields, the main printed indexes to use for extensive research on a given topic are:


shinto
Shinto shrine in Japan where nature itself is a shrine


Humanities index.
Location: LAC Index Table (Reference Room)
Call Number: AI3 .H85

Social sciences index.
Location: LAC Index Table (Reference Room)
Call Number: AI3 .S62

(Previous volumes known as Social Sciences & Humanities Index
Call Number: AI3 .R49)


Other Reference Works to Consult

World Religions

Koran. Al-Qur`¯an : a contemporary translation. 1994
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BP109 .A398 2001

Shorter encyclopaedia of Islam. [c1965]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: DS37 .E52 1965

[Torah] = The Torah : a modern commentary. c1981.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS1225.3 .P55 1981

Encyclopaedia Judaica. c1972.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: DS102.8 .E5 (16 vols.)

A Dictionary of comparative religion.1970]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .D54 1970
Location: PCC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .D54 1970

Eerdmans' handbook to the world's religions. 1982.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL80.2 .E35 1982

The Encyclopedia of religion. c1987.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .E46 1987
Location: PCC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .E46 1987

The Oxford dictionary of world religions. 1997.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .O84 1997

The encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy and religion :
Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen. 1994, c1989.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL1005 .L4813 1994

Dictionary of philosophy and religion : Eastern and Western
thought. 1996.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: B41 .R43 1996

Dictionary of beliefs and religions. 1994.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .D53 1994



muqarnas
Muqarnas-- Cave-Like Islamic Design in
Entrance to Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran
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Myths & Magic

Putnam's concise mythological dictionary. [1963]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .K3

Dictionary of mysticism. [1953]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL31 .G32

Larousse world mythology. [1965]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL311 .G683

Mythology : an illustrated encyclopedia. c1980.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL311 .M95

The Macmillan illustrated encyclopedia of myths & legend. c1989.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL303 .C67 1989

Man, myth & magic : the illustrated encyclopedia of
mythology, religion and the unknown. 1995.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BF1407 .M34 1995

The golden bough; a study in magic and religion. [1911-15]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BL310 .F7 1911




rock art
Shamans in Ancient Rock Art

Tuva Shamans
Tuva Shamans in Siberia

The Bible

The new Oxford annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. 1973.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS191.A1 1973 .N43
Location: PCC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS191.A1 1973 .N43

The Interpreter's dictionary of the Bible; an illustrated
encyclopedia identifying and explaining all proper names
and significant terms and subjects in the Holy
Scriptures, including the Aprocrypha, with attention to
archaeological discoveries and researches into the life
and faith of ancient times. [1962]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .I63

Harper's topical concordance. [1962]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS432 .J63 1962

The Zondervan pictorial encyclopedia of the Bible. [1975]
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .Z63

Harper's Bible dictionary. c1985.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .H237 1985

Atlas of the Bible. c1985.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS630 .R6 1985

The Westminster historical atlas to the Bible. 1945.
Location: LAC Atlases
Call Number: BS630 .W7

The Illustrated Bible dictionary. 1980.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .I4

The Oxford companion to the Bible. 1993.
Location: LAC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .O94 1993
Location: PCC Reference Room Collection
Call Number: BS440 .O94 1993

Notre Dame in Paris Notre Dame Gothic Catholic Cathedral, Paris
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George Washington in prayer
George Washington in prayer at Valley Forge



FIND BOOKS IN THE CATALOG

 Hindu Temple
Sri-Srinivasa-Perumal Hindu Temple in Singapore Click here to enlarge

Books can be located by using a subject or keyword search in Voyager, the Library's online catalog. Use the terms religion or mythology, or the name for the religious group, or other religious topic. Also use your keywords to search the table of contents and index of general texts on religion or mythology.

In online library catalogs perform a keyword search under names of countries, cities, etc., ethnic groups, types of institutions, names of individual corporate bodies, and names of individual persons along with the term religion. More keyword terms you might use to search the online catalog or the Internet for your research topic include the following:


African Traditional Religion
Agnosticism
Ancestor Worship
Animism
Archaeology and religion
Architecture and religion
Art and religion
Atheism
Baha'ism
Belief
Bahaism
Baptism
Buddhism
Catholicism
Cao Dai
Ceremonial
Chanting
Christianity
Communism and religion
Confucianism
Conversion
Cults
Demons
Devil
Druids
Dualism
Eschatology
Evil
Faith
Folk Religion
God
Gods
Grace
Heaven
Hinduism
Holy
Idols and images
Islam
Jainism
Juche
Karma
Magic
Mana
Mandeism
Manichaeism
Mazdakism
Meditation
Messianism
Mithraism
Monotheism
Mysticism
Myth
Mythology
Native American Religion
Nativistic movements
Natural theology
Neo-Paganism
New Age Religion
Nirvana
Occult
Pantheism
Philosophy and religion
Polytheism
Positivism

Purgatory
Prayer
Priests
Primal Indigenous Religions
Primitive Religion
Protestantism
Psychology and religion
Rastafarianism
Redemption
Reformation
Reincarnation
Religion
Religion and Civilization
Religion and Culture
Religion and Politics
Religious absolutism
Religious awakening
Religious fundamentalism
Religious life
Religious pluralism
Religious thought
Repentance
Resurrection
Revelation
Rites
Ritual
Sacrament
Sacred
Sacrifice
Salvation
Sanctification
Santeria
Scientology
Shamanism
Shinto
Shrines
Sikhism
Sin
Socialism and religion
Spiritism
Spirits
Spirituality
Supernatural
Superstition
Symbolism
Syncretism
Taboo
Taoism (also Daoism)
Temples
Tenrikyo
Theism
Theology
Totemism
Traditional Religion
Tribal Religion
Truth
Unitarianism--Universalism
Visions
Vodou (or Voodoo, Vodun)
Wicca
Witchcraft
Women and religion
Worship
Zoroastrianism


You can also browse the shelves for books to check out by the Library of Congress Classification letters assigned to books in these subject areas:

Find these call numbers on Stack Level 1,
Sub-Basement of LAC:

BL Religions
BL 300-325 Mythology
BL 1100-1295 Hinduism
BM Judaism
BP Islam. Bahaism
BQ Buddhism
BR Christianity
BS The Bible
BT Doctrinal Theology
BV Practical Theology
BX Christian Denominations
BX 800-4795 Catholic Church
BX 4800-9999 Other Christian Denominations

FIND VIDEOS

Some videos may be found in the Library's collection on Voyager. First select a Quick Limit of Videorecordings, then do a keyword search on the the name of the topic, religious group, or the terms religion or mythology.

You may also view videos inhouse from the Instructional Media Collection. Search Medianet for the terms religion or mythology.


Jain Temple
Jain Temple, Uttar Pradesh, India

FIND ARTICLES

Periodical titles currently held in the LAC Library with articles on religion or mythology include:

America
* Catholic World
Christian Century
Christian Science Monitor
Christianity Today
Church & State
Commentary
Commonweal
* Freedom Write
Judaism
Modern Theology
The Muslim World
Theology Today
U.S. Catholic


* Subscription is no longer current

The Library has a subscription to several online databases containing articles or information on religion and mythology. These databases are particularly helpful in finding information on a specific topic or social group as many journals can be searched simultaneously by the subject words you select. Full-text of these articles are then available for printing or sending to your email account. Some of these databases include:

Biography
Country Watch
CQ Researcher
Encyclopaedia Britannica

Ethnic Newswatch
Facts.com
Facts on File On-Line
Matter of Fact
Matter of Fact
Newsbank
Opposing Viewpoints
Proquest
SIRS Government Reporter
SIRS Renaissance
SIRS Researcher

Only current faculty, students or staff may use these databases. Ask for passwords at the Reference Desk at either Library. The Librarians can instruct you on using these article databases. There is a free workshop offered for learning the ins and outs of online database searching.


FIND INTERNET RESOURCES

Many good resources can be found on the Internet for current research, basic information, and indexes to more resources. You will also come across many sites that will not carry the authority and accuracy you might be looking for. So review the origin of the information carefully. A few trustworthy indexes to religion and mythology sites include:

Academic Info - Religion Gateway = http://www.academicinfo.net/religindex.html
Adherants of World Religions Statistics = http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html
African Religion - Wim van Binsbergen = http://www.shikanda.net/african_religion/index.htm
African Traditional Religion = http://www.africamission-mafr.org/atrgb.htm
American Religion Data Archive = http://www.arda.tm/
Architecture & Religion = http://rubens.anu.edu.au/htdocs/teach/roman/britfiles/arch7.htm
Buddhist Art & Architecture = http://www.buddhanet.net/gallery.htm
Buddhist Virtual Links = http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-Buddhism.html
Catholic Encyclopedia = http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/
Catholic Patron Saints Index =
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm

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From the Sistine Chapel

Exploring Religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam Judaism)= http://www.buddhanet.net/gallery.htm
Essential Buddhism = http://www.buddhaweb.org/
Hinduism, the World's Oldest Religion = http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9410/hindu1.html
Islam & Muslims = http://www.ummah.org.uk/what-is-islam/index.html
Islam, The Religion of = http://www.iad.org/
Islam, Resources for Studying = http://www.uga.edu/islam/

Jainism, Jain Principles, Tradition & Practices = http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/jainhlinks.html
Jewish Encyclopedia.com = http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/index.jsp
John Wycliffe = http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/john-wycliffe.html
Judaism - Jewish Virtual Library = http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/judaism.html
Martin Luther = http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/martin-luther.html
Martin Luther 1483-1546 = http://www.educ.msu.edu/homepages/laurence/reformation/Luther/Luther.htm
Martin Luther Selected Works = http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/wittenberg-luther.html
Mythology--Bulfinch's Work on Greece & Rome = http://www.bulfinch.org/
Mythology--Encyclopedia Mythica = http://www.pantheon.org/main/search.html
Native American Spirituality = http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/naspirit.html
Occultopedia = http://www.occultopedia.com/index1.htm
Religion & the Founding of America = http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel03.html
Rutgers University Virtual Religion Index = http://religion.rutgers.edu/vri/

Sacred Places = http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/sacredplacesintro.html
Sacred Sites = http://www.sacredsites.com/
Sacred Texts = http://www.sacred-texts.com/world.htm
Salem Witch Trial documentary archive = http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/
Shinto in Ancient Japan = http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/ANCJAPAN/SHINTO.HTM
Shinto Religion in Japan = http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~port/teach/relg/shinto.sketch.html
Tenrikyo = http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/tenrikyo.html
Theology Library (Spring Hill Jesuit College) = http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/
Voice of the Shuttle Religious Studies = http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2730
Wabash Center Guide to Internet Resources...for Theology & Religion = http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/Internet/front.htm

WRITING/RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

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Jewish Hanukkah Candle Judaism

Finally, while you are writing your paper, there is an online subject guide on Writing Tips with links to online help for organizing and formulating your paper, finding online dictionaries and citation tools.

There is also a Writing Center at both campuses to help you with the fundamentals of your paper, for information call the Writing Center at LAC (562) 938-4520 and at PCC: (562) 938-3991.



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