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Theology books have call numbers in the 200's. Philosophy books have call numbers in the 100's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other religion and philosophy books are located on the upper floor, right side.

Other Useful Databases

  • ATLA Religion Database
    Premier religion database covering Christian topics as well as other religions back to 1949. 1500+ major religion and theology journals. Over 266,000 full text articles.
  • Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
    Citation-only database covering all aspects of Catholicism back to 1981. Content from periodicals, Papal documents, Church promulgations and other Catholic publications.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Full text database with coverage on theology and Biblical studies, along with philosophy and other topics in the humanities.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database with strong full text coverage of scholarly journals in philosophy and religion.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Includes full text periodical articles on religion and philosophy topics.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    Search doctoral dissertations and masters theses for religion, theology and philosophy topics.
  • ARTstor
    Searchable database of images, including temples, cathedrals, synagogues, churches, and mosques; iconographic subjects and figures; and ceremonial objects such as sacred texts, chalices, prayer books, robes, and candelabra. See ARTstor Resources in Religious Studies for more information.
  • Facts on File History Databases
    Searchable content from history books and reference sets, with general coverage of religions, religious movements and individuals, throughout history.
  • Research in Ministry
    Citation-only index of theological dissertations and theses provided by the American Theological Library Association.
  • RAMBI: Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
    Citation-only coverage of Jewish studies literature from 1966 through the present. With over 300,000 references, RAMBI is updated daily.


Catholic News Sources

  • Origins Online
    Electronic, full text version of the Catholic News Service publication with coverage dating back to 1992. Print version is available in Mahoney Library Periodicals Room.
  • National Catholic Reporter
    Full text from 7/5/91-present. Today's Online Edition. Print version is available in Mahoney Library Periodicals Room.
  • The Beacon
    Weekly newspaper from the Diocese of Paterson. Print version is available in Mahoney Library Periodicals Room.
  • The Catholic Advocate
    Bi-weekly newspaper from the Archdiocese of Newark.


Theology Reference Sites

Catholic Encyclopedia
Full text of the original 15-volume Catholic Encyclopedia, published in 1917.

Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion
Covers 3,000 years of Jewish religious thought, custom, law, and practice, from traditional approaches to Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and post-denominational Judaism.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Covers religious topics from a social sciences perspective.

Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science
Scholarly online encyclopedia addressing science and religion from a Roman Catholic perspective.

Internet Guide to Religion
Selective, annotated guide to religion resources online from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology & Religion.

Virtual Religion Index
Extensive list of websites from Rutgers. Organized by subject.

Religion Online
More than 6,000 articles and chapters covering all aspects of Christianity.

Christian Classics Etherial Library
Biblical translations and classic commentaries.

The Unbound Bible
11 versions (in English) of the Biblical text, searchable by book, chapter, verse and keywords.

Timeline of Religion
Click on 'Religion' for a detailed timeline of religious history from the beginning of time. Drag the green arrow to view a specific era. (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Intute: Religion & Theology
Selected websites for academic use. Organized by category.

Papal Encyclicals
Papal letters and documents, dating from 1227-2009.

Bible Commentaries Online
Links to various biblical commentaries, most written prior to the 20th century.

Philosophy Reference Sites

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly coverage on all aspects of philosophy.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Peer-reviewed academic encyclopedia of philosophy.

NOESIS Philosophy
Search selected websites for philosophical research.

Statistics & Data

Religion Data Archives
Archives of religious data from numerous organizations and research centers. Includes polls, surveys and reports covering religion in America and around the world.

CARA Reports & Data
Numerous reports and datasets related to the Catholic Church, from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

U.S. Religious Landscape
Extensive survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Many other religious surveys and reports are also available.