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Study of Religions Research Resources: Home

Spring 2021-Remote Religious Studies Resources

As you are working on research for your Study of Religions courses, please let me know if I can help in any way!  Please feel free to email me and we can discuss your questions over email, or we can set up a virtual research session in Zoom, WebEx, or Google Meet.  You can view my calendar to set up an video appointment.

ZSR has access to thousands of ebooks and millions of online articles through our regular resources in the library catalog and databases such as Atla and JSTOROxford Handbooks Online: Religion and The Encyclopedia of Religion will be particularly helpful right now.  Additionally, we have access to thousands of streaming films and online images if you need multimedia resources.  Get tips on finding and using these resources from the tabs above, and links to more online resources in the boxes below.  

And last, but not least, remember to cite your sources!  The Chicago Manual of Style (use VPN) can help you with formatting citations for the sources you find.

Stay healthy and well!
Kaeley McMahan

Two Tech Tips:

  1. Download and use VPN: If you keep VPN running in the background while you access campus resources (ebooks, databases, etc...) it makes it look like you are on campus, so many of the authentication issues you might otherwise have will go away.
  2. ProQuest Ebook Central: If you get this error message, don't fear!  Just do as it says and reload the page and it will take you to your book:

Online Reference Collections

Online Scholary Resources

Scholarly Ebooks

The library catalog is the place to locate scholarly ebooks in religious studies.  To display only ebook results, make sure you select "available online" and "books" in the filters on the left side of the page.  You can also use an * and OR to expand your results, as shown below.  Pray*= pray, prayer, prays, prayers, praying, etc... while islam* OR muslim* means any variation of either islam, islams, islamic, muslim, mulims, etc... is an appropriate search result.

Scholarly Journal Articles

If you are looking for scholarly/peer-reviewed/academic articles, look for these features:

  • at least 8-10 pages in length
  • author is an academic (professor, PhD, researcher, etc...)
  • published in an academic journal (Journal of Biblical LiteratureJournal of Spirituality in Mental HealthReligion and American Culture, etc...)
  • the bibliography is appropriate for the article length

The following databases are excellent places to look for scholarly journal articles in religious studies, though you can find many more here.


The resources on this page have been selected because they are especially useful for Wake Forest University students studying Religion. 

Use the tabs above to select the type of resource you are interested in. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


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