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World Religions

Guides to print and online sources on different religions of the world.

What is background information?

Background information provides basic facts, history, descriptions and concepts about your topic.  Use only the information that you find useful in starting your research. You can always return to your sources if you need more in-depth information as you get deeper into your research topic.

Search Terms

Here are some search terms that could produce useful results:

  • Religion
  • Faith
  • Worship
  • Liturgy
  • Names of religions such as Christianity, Islam, or Judaisim
  • Names of religious figures such as John the Baptist, the Dalai Lama, or Shiva
  • Names of sacred places such as Ankor Wat or Mecca
  • Religious practices such as prayer, hajj, or sabbath
  • Religious holy days such as Eid Al-Fitr, Diwali, or Passover
  • Theological terms such as theology, ecclesiology, or eschatology

Recommended background information sources

Begin your research by looking up your keywords in an online dictionary, encyclopedia or reference book.