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Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Access World News Restricted Resource

Electronic editions-of-record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers. Also contains full-text content from key international sources.

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource

Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource

An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 Restricted Resource

Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.


ATLA Religion Database Restricted Resource

1949-present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.

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Index Islamicus Restricted Resource

1906-present. International bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literatures.

Index of Christian Art Restricted Resource

Electronic database cataloging Christian artwork produced from early apostolic times to the middle of the 16th century, with a focus on the western world, northern Africa, and the Near East. Includes a variety of media, such as illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, and stained glass. The database contains nearly 80,000 records with over 100,000 images in both color and black-and-white, and is periodically updated as new material is cataloged.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource

Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.

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Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource

Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.

Philosopher's Index Restricted Resource

1940-present. Indexes books and journals in all areas of philosophy, including aesthetics, bioethics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, social & political philosophy, and the philosophy of education, history, language, law, religion, and science.

Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource

1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

PsycINFO Restricted Resource

Covers psychology and related disciplines including sociology, education, and sport. Worldwide coverage includes references to over 1,800 journals, dissertations, and book chapters.

MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource

1926-present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Bibliography of Asian Studies Restricted Resource

1971-present. An online index of scholarly literature on all subjects (especially humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Film & Television Literature Index Restricted Resource

Covers film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes full text of more than 90 journals and indexing for more than 600 publications.

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Humanities Source Restricted Resource

Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Project MUSE Restricted Resource

Access to the full text of approximately 600 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Digital Collection Restricted Resource

Digital collection of over 4,300 full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with 30 academic societies and over 100 contributing publishers.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries

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WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Data and Statistics

Association of Religion Data Archives

An archive of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers.

Social Explorer Restricted Resource

Provides access to current and historical census data and demographic information, allowing users to create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Limited to U.S. data; available datasets include the Census (1790-present), American Community Survey (2005-2011), Religious Congregations & Membership Study (1980-2010), and Carbon Emissions Data (2002).


ARTstor Restricted Resource

Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.

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Primary Sources

Artemis Primary Sources Restricted Resource

An integrated search interface that allows users to search across all of our Gale primary source collections--17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers,  19th Century UK Periodicals, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, and The Times Digital Archive.

Empire Online Restricted Resource

1492-present. A digital collection of original primary documents relating to intercultural contact, including aspects of imperialism, religion, race, and class.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource

1473-1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of 100,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.

International Mission Photography Archive (USC Digital Library)

The historical images in the International Mission Photography Archive come from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections held at a number of centers in Britain, Europe, and North America. The photographs record missionary endeavors and reflect the missionaries' experience of communities and environments abroad. There are examples of the physical influence the mission presence brought--seen in churches and their surrounding settlements-- as well as examples of the cultural impact of mission teaching and Western influence, including schools, hospitals, training programs, Christian practices, and Western technology and fashions. The pictures document indigenous peoples' responses to missions and the history of indigenous churches which are often now a major force in society.

Yale Divinity Library: Digital Collections

Offers a range of digitized images, texts and documents concerning the history of Christian missions around the world.

12 Digital Research Suggestions for Dissertations on the History of Modern Britain & the British Empire

Posting on the blog Imperial & Global Forum, hosted by the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the History Department, University of Exeter. Provides a listing promising of primary sources, many of which are free, for both undergraduate and graduate study.

Internet Archive

Digital library that archives texts, audio, music, moving images, software, videos/films, and web pages from the Internet for researchers, historians, and scholars, as well as the general public. Also provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.


A completely free, non-profit website providing access to the largest and greatest online collection of Qur’anic Commentary (tafsir or tafseer), translation, recitation and essential resources in the world.

Islamic Heritage Project (IHP)

Harvard’s Islamic Heritage Project (IHP) is a digital collection containing more than 156,000 pages of primary source materials dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE.  IHP includes over 280 Islamic manuscripts, more than 50 maps, and more than 275 printed texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections.

Film and Video Collections

Filmakers Library Online Restricted Resource

Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 

Films on Demand. Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource

Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.


Digital Grinnell Repository

Hosts a wide and growing variety of materials created by Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff, as well as selected material that illuminates the College's history and other activities.

Web sites

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

The Israel Museum, in partnership with Google, provides users the opportunity to examine and explore searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of five of the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

H-Net: Humanites and Social Sciences Online

An international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.

Sacred Texts

The British Library’s digital collection of sacred texts from all religions, arranged chronologically, with a zoomable high-resolution image for each text.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Impressive for its depth, scope and authority; open access.

Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion

A directory of religious resources on the Web, browseable by subject.

Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive Restricted Resource

Contains selected journals and books published by the Biblical Archaeology Society. Includes each issue of the magazines Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey, as well as the content of four books.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Religion [electronic resource] Restricted Resource

Widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field, this 15-volume second edition includes over 3000 entries. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation Restricted Resource

This work provides detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to, and methods for, interpretation of the Bible.  The Encyclopedia contains entries ranging in length from 3,000 to 5,000 words, each with a bibliography for further reading and cross-referenced to other useful points of interest within the Encyclopedia.

Oxford Reference Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (online) Restricted Resource

Publishing in print in February 2009, this encyclopedia presents students, researchers, political analysts, journalists, and common readers with accurate, comprehensive, and balanced scholarship on all aspects of the world's fastest-growing religion and the areas it affects: society, politics, economics, everyday life, culture, and thought.

Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (online) Restricted Resource

Covers more than three millennia of Jewish religious thought, custom, law, and practice, from traditional approaches to Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and post-denominational Judaism. Brief definitions and longer essays, all supplemented with bibliographies, enlighten readers about the major figures, folklore, and events in the history of Judaism throughout the world. 2011 edition.

Encyclopedia of Buddhism
Print Location: 1st floor Oversize BQ128 .E62 2004 2 volumes

Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies
Print Location: BL41 .C34 2012

Introduces readers to key debates in the contemporary study of religion and suggests future research possibilities.

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion
Print Location: BL41 .R686 2011

Routledge Companion to Religion and Science
Print Location: BL240.3 .R685 2012

Brings together an outstanding team of scholars to explore the ways in which science intersects with the major religions of the world and religious naturalism.

Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice
Print Location: BL65.J87 W55 2012

Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor BL687 .R47 2004

Encyclopedia of Religion
Print Location: Reference BL31 .E46 2005

Encyclopaedia of Islam
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DS37 .E523 2007

Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor B121 .E53 2001

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize BL458 .E53 1999

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style

This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper

Collection of links to guides for citation styles, prepared by the Duke University Libraries via Fisher College.

Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: Perm Reserve Z253 .U69 2010

On permanent reserve at Burling and Kistle.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th. edition (2009)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2009

On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

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