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History of World Religions: Home

This research Guide was originally created for Karin Gedge's History 650, 651, and 652 capstone courses in World Religion. It highlights useful databases and websites with primary source religion materials.

Guide Info

This guide is meant to help you find Primary Source Materials on World Religions.  It is not exhaustive but will get you started on finding primary source materials.  It is broken down into General Religious sources, which tends to include a variety of world religions, Western (Eurocentric) Religions and Eastern Religions.

A good way to find additional sources is by looking in you secondary source materials.  A lot of times primary sources will be reprinted in these sources or at the very least cited. 

Also keep in mind how much language changes over time.  You may need to use words in your searches that you wouldn't consider using normally. 

Finally, if you find any really good websites, books, or other sources of World Religion primary sources please send them my way and I'll add them to this guide for others in your class.

Good luck!

Interlibrary Loan

The best way to request books is the PALCI (also known as E-Z Borrow) system.  This is a regional network that delivers books in 3 to 4 business days.  If you need a book that is not available through PALCI, you can use ILLiad, which is a larger, national system, but tends to be slower.

Note:  On the PALCI logon screen, you are asked for a Patron ID.  The number you need is the 16 digit number on the back of your WCU ID card.  If your number doesn't work, you need to stop by or call the library's circulation desk to activate this number. 

Relevant Databases @ WCU

General Religion Websites

Below is a list of useful websites for all World Religions.  Many of the links are to research guides similar to this one at other universities or colleges so you may not have access to their databases but you can request materials like books and journal articles via Interlibary Loan.

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