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Religion: Subject Guide: Books

Resources for your religion research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web.

Selected Books

Having Trouble?

Having trouble finding the book you need in WorldCat Local? Try these helpful links:

Finding Books

Browsing the Shelves

Books covering religion, culture, the role of women, and the history of religion can be found in several areas of the library. Here are the breakdowns by Dewey Decimal numbers and location:

Second Floor of the SLC 

  • 200: Religion
    • ​210: Philosophy and Theory of Religion
    • 220-280: Christianity
    • 290: World Religions:
      • 292: Classical Mythology
      • 296: Judaism
      • 297: Islam
  • ​​305.42: Social Role of Women
  • 392: Customs of Life and Death
  • 398: Folklore

Third Floor of the SLC

  • 970: Native Americans & History of North America

Searching the Catalog

The SLC's WorldCat Local catalog is a great place to search and browse for books online. Here are some effective ways to search for books on religious studies topics.

Basic Keyword Search

The catalog's default search setting is a basic keyword search:

This often brings up lots of results, many of which may not be useful for your assignments. Instead, try limiting your search results by using the filters located to the LEFT of every list of search results. They can help you narrow a search that has too many results or too many irrelevant results. When there are many options for limiting in a category (usually seen with the topic and author limiters) only some will initially display. Click "show more" to see additional options.