Religion: Getting Started

World Religions, Asian Religions


Use the tabs of this guide for research about world religions:

  • Books and Videos -- links to great resources available through PCC Library. 
  • World Religions in Portland -- suggested temples, mosques, churches and other sites that you can visit in Portland
  • Bible - resources for Old Testament/Hebrew scriptures and New Testament studies
  • Article Databases - find published magazine and journal articles
  • Websites - recommended web resources, plus a Google Custom Search tool that searches only sites recommended by PCC faculty
  • Get Help - resources on creating citations, finding writing and other tutors, and more.  

Religion Encyclopedias

  • Specialized encyclopedias are an excellent place to start your research. 

Religion Streaming Videos

Watch high quality videos about the world's religions available in the library collection.

Religion in the news - recent articles from the Religion News Service

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Religion and Culture

Religion influences not only spirituality, but also everyday activities. In a given context, religion may have an effect on interpersonal relationships; food and drink; eating rituals and patterns; clothing; shelter; the arrangement of public and private space; commerce; medicine and health practices; the measurement and use of time, particularly around the practice of religious ritual; pilgrimages; the political and justice systems; and/or practices at the time of major life transitions (birth, adulthood, marriage, death, etc.).

Some resources for researching how a religion is expressed in the culture of a particular country:

Web search strategy

Limit your web search to a results from a particular country by using the country code top-level domain.  For example, by adding site:uk to a search, your results should mostly come from websites originating in England. 

                    Images of domain searches

The Five Major World Religions (11 minute TED-Ed video)

Introduces the intertwined histories and cultures of the major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

Coronavirus: World’s religious faithful try to cope amid pandemic shutdowns and social distancing (4:53 minutes)

Contact your class librarian!

Contact librarian Roberta Richards

  • Southeast LIB 206
  • 971-722-4962

Roberta's appointment calendar: