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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016 URL: http://libguides.bard.edu/religioustudies Print Guide RSS Updates

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Religion Program at Bard


World Religions


Getting Started

The Bard Libraries have extensive reference materials for Religious Studies.  The complicating factor is that the field is so broad and diverse that researching can be difficult.  When approaching your topic you will need to narrow down the focus to know where to begin looking.  For example, research in Religious Studies might begin with topics in:

  • General or comparative religions
  • History of Christianity
  • Ancient or Medieval History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Daoism
  • South Asian History
  • Chinese/Japanese/Korean History
  • Shinto
  • History of Southeast Asia
  • And this is just a beginning

Your research will undoubtedly consist of looking for material in both books and journals.  When search for books at Stevenson Library you will need to remember that while your topic will be something in Religious Studies, the books you are looking for might be shelved as Religion, as History, as Philosophy, or even literature.

Likewise, when searching for peer-reviewed journal articles, keep in mind that material you want may be in databases that focus not only on religion, but also on philosophy, on history, or even art.

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