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Library Research Guides

Religious Studies

Important resources for the study of religion at the University of Michigan

Collection Overview

UM maintains extensive library collections to support the multidisciplinary study of religion.  Library holdings cover all regions of the world and all historical periods, and are available in a variety of formats and languages.

This guide provides myriad resources for conducting research in religious studies, including the following links to specific area programs as they relate to religion, history, and culture:

Search for Materials in our Library

Here are some tips for finding materials in our libraries:

To find books, start by searching our library catalog Mirlyn.

  • Try relevant Library of Congress subject terms, such as "Religion," "Religious aspects," "Religious life and customs," or more tradition-specific terms. 
  • Browse the library stacks in areas of interest to you, such as those under the Library of Congress Religion classification (esp. BL-BX)
  • Browse our holdings virtually using Mirlyn Classic to browse by Library of Congress call number.

To find articles, start by searching in ArticlesPlus or ATLA and look for the MGetIt links! 

Access to Materials at other Libraries

Interested in what libraries in other parts of the country, and around the world, have to offer in religious studies?

  • You can search WorldCat, an online catalog of materials held by over 10,000 libraries worldwide (including most libraries in North America, and the national libraries of Australia and many Western European countries).
  • Place an Interlibrary Loan request for materials that we don't own. We will request material(s) from other libraries on your behalf.

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Select Titles in Religious Studies