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Famous Religious Leaders

Search for famous religious people in these biographical encyclopedias. To find out whether the library has an entire biography of a particular person, search the library catalog for the person's last name as the subject. 

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Encyclopedia of World Biography (33 volumes, print) - Gale
Call Number: 920 B993e
Publication Date: 2008
The entire series of the Encyclopedia of World Biography, covering world figures through history. Each entry includes basic facts and an overview of the person's life and work.

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Encyclopedia of World Biography (e-book)
ISBN: 9780787691240
Publication Date: 2004
The first 22 volumes of this comprehensive biographical dictionary covers world figures with basic facts and an overview of their lives and works.

On the Web

  • BBC - Religion
    An excellent overview of the world's religions, with sections on holy days, food, history, etc.

Books in the Library

These are just a few of many books about religion in the library. Search the library catalog for the religion as subject, or use the Power Search to combine terms. 

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The Sacred East
Call Number: OVR 299.5 LIT
Publication Date: 2003

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The Rise of Christianity - Don Nardo (Editor)
Call Number: 270.1 N223r
Publication Date: 1998

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Islam, Christianity, Judaism - Amelia Hipps
Call Number: 201 KAV
Publication Date: 2005

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Atlas of the World's Religions - Ninian Smart (Editor); Frederick Denny
Call Number: OVR 200.022 SMA
Publication Date: 2007

Library Databases

  • Oxford Reference Online
    Included are 12 religion reference books, with general titles such as Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions and specific ones such as A Dictionary of Buddhism, Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion. These e-books are also linked from the library catalog.
  • Britannica Online Academic  Icon
    This is the place to get an overview of a religion or look up a concept or a person associated with a religion.
  • Country Reports
    Contemporary information about countries, including culture and religion as well as geography, population, and natural resources.

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For access to the databases from off campus, email the librarians for passwords.

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