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Religion: Home & Help

Library services during COVID-19

For the safety and wellbeing of our community, Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library Building are closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Learn more about services available at the Library during the COVID-19 response.

General Library Info

Spring 2020 Remote Access

Some of the resources listed on this guide have been licensed by the UC San Diego Library. Off-campus access, as well as on-campus wifi access, is restricted to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff. Follow the links below to enable access on campus using your laptop, or off-campus access using VPN.

Off-Campus Access to Journals, Ebooks, and Databases:  Use AnyConnect VPN.

Access to Electronic Library Resources for Spring 2020: Home

A list of resources available during the Spring quarter, during the COVID-19 online transition, including new (temporary) content.

Key Resources

Resources with a blue lock mean that you need to have your off-campus computer configured for access.

  • ATLA Religion Database  Licensed by UCSD.                                                                                                                                                                          The major database for religion. Indexes journal articles & book chapters. 1949-present. Indexes journal articles, books and collected essays on all aspects of religious studies, from ancient history to the present, including social aspects of religious phenomena. Also useful for archeology of the Levant.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion Licensed by UCSD                                                                                                                                                                     Great place to start your research on religious topics.  About 3300 scholarly entries give useful background and list relevant literature for more information.


  • JSTOR Licensed by UCSD                                                                                                                                                                                                  Search by subject or browse full text of more than 500 scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities, and sciences, to their earliest issues. Many titles extend as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries; most recent 3-5 years not included. Now (2015) includes scholarly books as well as journals.
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology. 2 volumes, print. Located in Geisel Reference Collection at DS 111 .A2 O94
  • Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese ReligionsLicensed by UCSD                                                                                                                      Overview rticles on Chinese religion by historical time period, religious tradition (including Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and popular religions). Also includes lengthy introductions to broad topics such as religious text, ritual, gender and religion, etc.



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