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HIST 3360 / HIST 5378: American Religious History

Get started researching topics in U.S. Religious History


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Kristina Claunch
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This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for researching U.S. Religious History. 

This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this subject or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

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Books from the Main Collection (A Sampling)

Urban American Religious History

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Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges.

You'll find most Religion & History books on the 4th floor of the library. Start in these call number areas:

  • Religions, mythology, rationalism - BL
  • History and principles of religions - BL660 - BL2680
  • History and principles of religions, American - BL2500 - BL2592

  • Judaism - BM
  • Judaism History - BM150 - BM449
  • Judiam History by region or country - BM201-449

  • Islam, Bahaism, theosophy, etc. - BP
  • Islam History - BP50 - BP68
  • Buddhism - BQ
  • Buddhism History - BQ251 - BQ799

  • Christianity - BR
  • Christianity History - BR140 - BR1510
  • Christianity History by region or country - BR500 - BR1510

  • History of specific doctrines and movements, heresies, schisms - BT1313 - BT1480

  • Christian Demoninations - BX (broken into MANY sub-categories)

To look up additional, more specific call number ranges, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Education, then look for more specific subjects, such as Education England History 18th century.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.


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