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Religious Studies: Using Search

This guide is designed to support study in religion.

Subject searches in Search

To find items by subject in the library catalogue use Advanced search, select in subject from the drop down menu and key in terms. See the 'Subject headings' box below or ideas of terms to use.

Subject headings

Here are some subject headings to assist your search.

  • Asia - Religion
  • Bible - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Bible - Evidences, authority
  • Bible - Hermeneutics
  • Bible - History of biblical events
  • Buddhism
  • Catholicism
  • Christianity and other religions.
  • Christianity - Early works to 1800
  • Christianity -Philosophy.
  • Church and state
  • Church history
  • Church history - 17th century
  • Church history - Early works to 1800.
  • Church history - Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Cults
  • Death, religious aspects
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Hadith
  • India - Religion
  • Islamic civilization
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • Judaism
  • Judaism - History
  • Koran
  • Middle Ages - History
  • Millennialism
  • Monotheism
  • Mythology, Assyro-Babylon
  • Paganism
  • Papacy - History -1447-1565.
  • Protestantism
  • Qur'an
  • Religion
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion - Philosophy
  • Religions - History
  • Religions - Relations
  • Renaissance
  • Renaissance - Italy
  • Rites and ceremonies, Middle East
  • Theology
  • Theology, Doctrinal

Library Search

Finding books & articles in Search

Use Search to retrieve books, journal articles and other resources.

Sign in first so that you can place holds on books at other campuses, renew books and manage loans.  You can also save items to your e-shelf which enables you to construct your own list of resources to revisit and modify.

Leave the default as 'All resources'.  There is an option to limit your search from 'All resources' to 'Library collections', which removes journal articles from your search, but it is not necessary to use this as you can apply limits after your search is completed by using facets in the left column.

  • Use * to truncate terms eg Catholic* will retrieve books etc. on Catholicism or Catholic.
  • Use inverted commas " " for phrases eg "Middle Ages", "ancient pagan".
  • Use the left hand options to limit your results to books, journals, e-resources etc or by date or in a specific library.
  • You can Request a book if there isn't one on the shelf in your home library.