The UCR Library collects extensive electronic and print resources to support Religious Studies students and faculty in their research. The collection reflects the research interests and concentrations of the Religious Studies department, with materials in the areas of: Christianity, American religions and religiosity, Islam, Judaism, and Sikh Studies. We offer subject-specific educational services at the library and also provide access to information from the UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information for topics in religious studies. Search by topic keywords in the UCR catalog or the Melvyl (UC) catalog.

Scholarly articles are carefully evaluated (peer-reviewed) by subject experts to provide reliable and credible information. Locate relevant articles by searching in the religious studies discipline databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.


Many religious studies journals are found electronically and can be browsed in the UC Journal finder. Use the UCR catalog to find both print and electronic journals available in the library.

Specialized Resources

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Reference sources such as Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Religion and the Encyclopedia of Islam are useful for getting a broad overview of criticism, genres and concepts related to religious studies. Those working with primary texts may find dictionary sources like the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia helpful.

Many of the major journals and associations in religious studies maintain online blogs with up-to-date information and articles, including the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, The Immanent Frame, and Religion Dispatches.

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