The University of San Francisco: Gleeson Library

Religion and Theology: Reference Sources

Oxford Biblical Studies Online

Oxford Biblical Studies Online

A comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. Includes Bible texts, commentary, and reference materials.

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism.

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Qurʾānic Studies Online

Qurʾānic Studies Online

Qurʾānic Studies Online consists of the Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān, the Dictionary of Qurʾanic Usage, and the Qurʾān Concordance, all of which can be search together.

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Early Western Korans Online

Early Western Korans Online

Includes Korans and Koran translations, printed between 1537 and 1857, and is of interest to book historians, theologians, philologists, and scholars of Islamic Studies alike.

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Encyclopedia of Religion
16 volumes

Nearyly 3000 articles covering the important ideas, practices, and persons in the religious experience of humankind from the Paleolithic past to the present day.

Call Number:
Ref BL31 E46 1987

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor; Pleasanton and San Jose Campus Libraries

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference

Over 200 reference sources including:

  • A Dictionary of the Bible
  • The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
  • A Dictionary of Buddhism
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
  • Oxford Dictionary of Islam
  • A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Popes
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
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Encyclopedia of Buddhism
2 volumes

Describes the Buddhist world view, basic teachings and practices of Buddhism, as well as its different schools and sects. In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, divinities, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this set explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, and Christianity.

Call Number:
Ref BQ128 E62 2004

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

New Catholic Encyclopedia
15 volumes

A scholarly presentation of persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities, this book is the first place to turn for answers for questions on topics such as abortion, divorce, cloning, and reproductive technologies. In addition to the hundreds of new, signed articles on a wide variety of topics, this edition also features biographies of contemporary religious figures, thousands of photos, maps, and illustrations, and completely updated bibliographical citations.

Call Number:
Ref BX841 .N45 2003

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
2 volumes

Looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more.

Call Number:
Ref BP40 E525 2004

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopaedia Judaica
22 volumes

Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers and students.

 

 

Religions of the World
4 volumes

Chronicles every major belief and significant practice, and presents the religious history and key religious communities in all of the more than 240 recognized nations and territories of the world.

Call Number:
Ref BL80.3 R45 2002

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions

Explains more than 1,000 diverse groups and movements ranging from the early days of alternative religiosity to sects practicing today. An ideal reference for researchers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in cults and similar groups.

Call Number:
Ref BL2525 L49 1998

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of Native American Religions

Encompasses major religious systems, well-documented ceremonies, and legislation and court cases affecting Native American religious belief. More than 1,200 entries in this work describe traditional beliefs and practices, the consequences of contact with Europeans and other Americans, the forms Native American religions take today, and many notable individual figures connected with Native American religious life and thought.

Call Number:
Ref E98 R3 H73 1992

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

 

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion
2 volumes

Viewing standard material from a fresh perspective, and presenting new and innovative research by current scholars as well as the work of female religious scholars of the past, the Encyclopedia's 600 articles places all aspects of religious thought and experience in a new light.

Call Number:
Ref BL458 E53 1999

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Religion and American Cultures
3 volumes

A multicultural survey of established and "new" American religions, this exhaustive three-volume encyclopedia explores the fascinating interaction between religion and ethnicity, gender, regionalism, and popular culture.

Call Number:
Ref BL2525 R448 2003

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States

10-year statistical survey of 149 Christian and other religious bodies. Includes members and adherents for each group for every county in all 50 states.

Call Number:
Ref BR526 R48 2002

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches

Essential information about religious organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Includes statistics of church membership and finances; descriptions of denominations; names, postal and email addresses of church leaders, denominational headquarters and regional offices; listings of theological schools and bible colleges; statistics of seminary enrollment, etc.

Call Number:
Ref BR513 Y39

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Anchor Bible
44 volumes

Offers book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testament and the Apocrypha, with commentary by distinguished biblical scholars.

Call Number:
Ref BS192.2 A1 1964 G3

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopaedia of the Quran
5 volumes

Combines short entries about the contents of the Quran with extended essays on the most important themes and topics within the discipline of quranic studies.

Call Number:
Ref BP133 E53 2001

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Official Catholic Directory

Comprehensive information on the people and institutions within today's Catholic community in the U.S. and around the world. Offers up-to-date contact information, with statistics on the Church and its population.

• Clergy within particular (arch) dioceses
• Listings of new parishes
• Sacramental records for new parishes
• (Arch) Dioceses throughout the world
• Catholic schools, colleges, universities, daycare centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and special care facilities in the U.S.
• Institutions within specific (arch) dioceses or geographic areas.

Call Number:
Ref BX845 O35

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

New Encyclopedia of the Occult

Contains detailed descriptions of selected national organizations, including their purpose, current priorities, members, structure, resources, publications, and services.

Call Number:
Ref BF1407 G74 2003

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor