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REL 130 Introduction to Religions: Home

A guide for J. Glessner's Intro. to Religions course

Starting Your Search

  • It helps to start by writing a list of words that you will use in your search.
    • name of religion(s)
    • religious studies
    • critique
    • important events, dates, or time periods 
  • Keep notes as you research, the terms you used, where you searched, what you found.
  • Once you have some words do some background research to add more terms to your list.
    • details about your religion(s)
    • define any terms you don't know
    • find a map or timeline to place your religion in time and place
  • Now you have a bit more information on your topic start looking for more in depth information.
  • Search for books, use the bibliography and footnotes to find even more books or articles.  
  • Use library databases to search for articles.
  • As you encounter words, theories, etc. that you don't know circle back to do more background reading.

The librarians and your professor are here every step of the way.

Finding Sources

General religion sources:

More specific religion sources:

To find books (and more!) use DePauw's Discovery search. It will also search materials owned by libraries all over the world.  


Other ebook packages, that may not appear in the search above: 

Google Book Search

Throughout your searches you will see this icon/button:  

Click on it to see:

  • if the article is online in another database
  • if we have a physical copy in the libraries
  • if not, and it looks useful for your research, you can request an Interlibrary Loan

To find full text for articles or ebooks when using our Discovery Search, click the Access Online button:

Scholarly Communication and Resource Services Librarian

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Victoria Peters
Standard Office Hours: M-F: 9AM - 5PM


How to Get Help


Just go to the library's Research Help page, and chat/text with the peer research consultants (you can also drop-in to the Library Research Spot in Prevo Science Library), email the libraries, check the FAQs, or make an appointment with a librarian!