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Religion & Philosophy Studies Research Guide: Start Here: Finding Background Information

Welcome REL/PHIL Students

This guide was created to help you find resources for your research assignments.  Use the tabs at the top of the page to locate the information you need.  If you don't find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to contact a Librarian here at the OWHL.

Good luck with your research!

A Reference Web Resource

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Print Reference Books


Reference books are a great place to start your research, since they provide background information such as topic overviews and definitions. Use Reference Universe to help start your research. For in-depth research in your topic, use the Finding Articles tab to search the library's online databases for journal articles and the Finding Books tab to search the online catalog for books.

This is a sample of available print resources covering a wide variety of topics in Religion and Philosophy.

Databases for Background Information including Electronic Reference Books

Oxford Reference Online:

Bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s DictionariesCompanions and EncyclopediasOxford Reference is a great place to start your research.




Credo Reference: 

A searchable collection of reference books.