Olin C. Bailey Library

Globalization and Religion


Encyclopedia of Religion                                             R 200.3 En19e
Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements                           R 200.9034 En19c
Encyclopedia of Christianity                                       R 230.03 En19f
Encyclopedia of Protestantism                                        R 280.403 En19h
Catholic Encyclopedia (pre-1965)                               R 282.03 C286h
New Catholic Encyclopedia (post-Vatican II)                R 282.3 N42
Encyclopedia of Buddhism                                         R 294.303 En19b
Encyclopedia of Hinduism                                          R 294.503 En19c
Jewish Encyclopedia                                                  R 296.03 J556
Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology                        R 305.803 En19L 
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society                          R 306.03 En19s
Encyclopedia of Islam                                               R 956.03 En19b2 


Book Databases: Online Catalog & WorldCat

Try searching these subject headings in a keyword or subject search:

World in HandsCulture and globalization
Globalization – moral and ethical aspects
Globalization – religious aspects
Philosophy and religion
Religion and culture
Religion and international affairs
Religion and society

Note:  “Modernity” must be searched as keyword – no subject heading exists.

  • Keyword:  most flexible, most results, use AND to separate words.
  • Subject:  more restrictive, categories, works like an index
  • Title:  more restrictive, have precise titles, works like an index. 
  • Modify/Limit:  limit by language or location.  Ex.:  media center 


The world’s online catalog. Use this database to find books that have been published…period.

  • “Keyword” – still the most flexible.
  • Pay attention to subject headings when you look at your results!
  • Limit to type of material, language, and audience where appropriate.
  • Use “*” on the end of your term to pick up different endings.
  • Use quotes to search your terms as a phrase.  Ex.:  “Pentecostal Christianity”
  • Click on the “Libraries worldwide that own item” to see whether or not UCA owns it (anything Hendrix owns displays a symbol).
  • You can mark records that you’re interested in (by checking the box), which you can then print or email.



 To see what journals we have in religion, check out our Journals List.  Check both our print journals and our online journals.   If we don't have what you need, check UCA's Journals List.  If they don't have it, order it through interlibrary loan.


Library Article Databases

ATLA Religion Database
This database from the American Theological Library Association contains a collection of major religion and theology journals representing all major religious faiths, denominations, and language groups.  Some full text is available.

  • Use AND, OR, and NOT to connect concepts.
  • Use indexes to find the “magic words”:  subject, publications, name as subject and scriptures.
  • Use an “*” on the end of your term to pick up variant endings.  


SocINDEX indexes over 4,500 journals in sociology and related fields.  Some full text.

  • Use the advanced search for more searching options.
  • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? to account for variant spellings.  Ex.:  Chin* retrieves China, Chinese, etc. 
  • Boolean/Phrase search mode requires “AND” to break your search terms.
  • Use the indexes to search for journal titles, subject terms, and author information.


Project MUSE
Full text of nearly 200 scholarly journals published by university presses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Use quotations (e.g. "spiritual hybridity") to search for phrases.
  • If desired, combine terms by typing Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT, or type terms in separate boxes and use the pull-downs at the left of the search boxes.
  • Select fields to search from the right-hand pulldowns. 
  • Use truncation (*) on the end of your term to search for plurals or parts of words.


A largely full-text, social sciences database that covers complete runs of scholarly periodicals, but NOT the most current 2-5 years!

  • Use the Advanced Search.
  • Use the drop-down menu for options to connect search terms:  and, or, near.
  • Use “?” on the end of your term to account for plurals, and “*” to account for variant word endings.
  • Use quotes to search phrases. Ex.:  “Islamic militancy” AND globalization 



Journal of Globalisation for the Common Good

Hartford Institute for Religion Research 
The Hartford Institute is a group of scholars who study the social scientific dynamics of religious groups and institutions.  This site covers research areas such as women and religion, megachurches, and a national church inventory.

Pluralism Project 
This Harvard University site includes the Directory of Religious Centers.

Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero 
This companion to the PBS program Frontline explores such questions as, “Where was God on September 11?” through interviews and online discussions with religious leaders and thinkers.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive 
This site of English translation texts is a “freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.”

World Scripture:  A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts 
From the International Religious Foundation.



The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) 
Study guide and research data on the Hare Krishna movement.



Buddhanet.net:  Buddhist Information and Education Network 
An interactive site with e-books, audio files (on chanting), world Buddhist directory, and information on Buddhist studies, history, and culture.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship 
Buddhist perspectives on human rights, economic justice, war, environmental sustainability, and events such as September 11th.


Confucianism & Taoism

Taoism Information Page 
Annotated links to resources on Taoism.



World Council of ChurchesInternational fellowship of Christian churches.



Muslim Life in America 
A web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Information Programs that covers the range and richness of Islam in America.

A companion to an episode of PBS’s Frontline series, this site looks at the major themes of Islam through different portraits of Muslims.


Indigenous Traditions

Resources for indigenous cultures around the world.

World Wide Web Virtual Library:  Indigenous Traditions 
Supported by the Center for World Indigenous Studies, this site contains an exhaustive list of lightly annotated links to indigenous traditions around the globe.


Last Modified on 9/20/2010