Search Engines and Directories

Specialized Directories and Databases

News, Contemporary Culture, Current Events, Special Issues

American Religious History Resources

Centers, Institutes & Projects l African American l America l Democracy l Christianity l Islam l Judaism l New Religious Movements

Asian Religion Resources

Other Sites of Interest


Search Engines and Directories:
Our friends at FSU Libraries have just created this "wiki" portal for students of religion. It's a great place to get started with research because it links to relevant databases, e-journals, web resources, etc.
Yahoo directory list, many sponsored sites – many many categories.
Good general search engine for higher quality, academic source
Good search engine – unlike Google, it searches by relevance to search entries and not by popularity of site. This is a major drawback of Google.
However, responding to the above criticism, the geniuses at Google have launched a beta search engine that focuses on scholarly journals and educational institutions. Many full-page articles cost money, though….

Specialized Directories and Databases:
Good portal site. Good place to start….
Another good portal site. You could end up anywhere….
Yet another good portal site. There is a very good section on the “synoptic problem” of the gospels at this site. It is maintained by the Religion Department at Rutgers University.
As it says: “A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, listserv discussion groups, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.” And be sure to keep an eye out for the NB (from the latin, Note Bene) and “Top Site” ranking markers.
Started by William F. Fore when he was teaching in Bangalore, India. An amazing number of entire books and papers of scholarly value to be found here. The selection emphasizes Christianity and Theology, but is supposed to be expanding to other religions and disciplines.
Very good portal site by categories (even the one you may be looking for) maintained by Dr. Thursby at the University of Florida. I particularly liked the “What me Contemplate?” page with its “Nietzsche Aphorisms” page at the bottom of the list.


News, Contemporary Culture, Current Events, Special Issues:
Good source on recent news and information.
This is a commercial web site that provides general information. It is a good quick reference or for getting basic background at the beginning of a project.
Perhaps better as a source for professors. As it says: “The project serves as a clearinghouse for over 100 hypertext links related to some aspect of American religions and American religious history. Many sites represent truly outstanding scholarly resources that other scholars and organizations have published on the internet. Other link sites offer useful information and interesting images.”
Good portal site for gender, women’s studies, and religion
This is from the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy of the Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York.
Groovy site for Science and Religion: “Counterbalance is a non-profit educational organization working to promote counterbalanced perspectives on complex issues. It is our hope that individuals, the academic community, and society as a whole will benefit from a struggle toward integrated and counterbalanced views. Our services are used by PBS Online, The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, the AAAS, Science and Religion Forum (UK), and others.”
As they say: “For nearly 70 years, Religion News Service® has been an authoritative source of news about religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues.RNS' first priority is to provide intelligent, objective coverage of all religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Asian religions and private spirituality. RNS also provides commentary from a diverse array of all points of the political and theological spectrum.”
Maintained by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California – where the streets are paved with gold (-en candy wrappers).
Supported by the Lilly Endowment at Penn State, this is a must-visit pilgrimage site for all students of American Religious History. The American Denominations page was enough to make my Catholic bones (brittle as they are) shudder – but the “Buddhism, Shintoism, and New Japanese Family” of denominations had but one lonely listing…. Can anybody guess?
Statistics anyone? On “over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.” We all need numbers every now and then….