Religion: Getting Started
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.
Specialized encyclopedias are an excellent place to start your research.
- Gale Ebooks (formerly GVRL) This link opens in a new windowGVRL has over 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including: Encyclopedia Judaica; Encyclopedia of American Religious History; Encyclopedia of Buddhism; Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World; Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Encyclopedia of Religion: New Catholic Encyclopedia; Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices; and Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices.
- Credo Reference This link opens in a new windowProvides online versions of 500 published reference works, including general and specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias
Religion Streaming Videos
Watch high quality videos about the world's religions available in the library collection.
Browse World Religions titles in the Films on Demand database: Collections - Religion and Philosophy
Search by topic for e-videos in the library catalog
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:
- Countries and Their Cultures (an encyclopedia in the Gale eBook database)
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religion Practices (an encyclopedia in the Gale eBook database; "provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.")
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.
- Find the domain for a particular country: Internet country domain list
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
Roberta's appointment calendar:
- Online Monday mornings
- In-person Wednesdays at the Southeast Campus Library
- Online Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.