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  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
  • Phone: (812) 855-1336
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 9/21/2011

Religious Studies

Illustration: Job and his family restored to prosperity, by William Blake

Support for the study of religion has been consistent at Indiana University from its founding in 1820 as a seminary to the present. The department of Religious Studies was among the first in this country. The Library's collections reflect this early start in the field, with very strong collections in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, and rapidly growing collections in Hinduism, and other religions. 

Department of Religious Studies Homepage

Research Assistance:

  • The Religious Studies Resources page includes access to subscription databases, online primary texts, and library catalogues.
  • Resources by Course Topic lists encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, and other reference materials for Western and Eastern religious traditions, critical issues, and American religious experience.
  • If you're new to using the religious studies databases, here is a guide to searching in ATLA; many of these tips are also relevant for other databases.
  • The creators of these Web Portals have gathered online religious studies resources from numerous disciplines, approaches, and traditions.
  • This Guide to Sacred Books of the World Religions will help you locate primary sources for many of the world religions available in the Wells Library.


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Interdisciplinary research can  broaden your access to primary and secondary material.  Browse the disciplines listed below, or click here for a full list of library resources by subject.



("Job and his family restored to prosperity" by William Blake. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art)
last updated: 9/21/2011