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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Using Reference Resources
A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.
Reference materials include
- subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri
- biographical compilations
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
30 Reference books and Encyclopedias in Religion, History, Philosophy, and more.
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of titles covering everything from accounting to zoology
Cambridge Histories Online (CHO)
Contains more than 350 volumes and covers more than 10 subject areas.
Key Reference Titles
The Encyclopedia of Judaism by
Publication Date: 1999-12-01
The Encyclopedia of Judaism provides a full and reliable account of Judaism, the religion, its diverse history, literature, beliefs, practices, observances, and its place in the context of society and culture from ancient Israelite times to our own day. By reason of its antiquity, influence on other world religions, power to persuade the faithful of its truth, and contemporary vitality, Judaism demands sustained attention.
Encyclopedia of World Cultures by
Publication Date: 1905-06-01
This single volume supplement to the 10-volume "Encyclopedia of World Cultures covers 65 cultures not included in the original set and provides updates to cultures that have changed significantly during the past 10 to 15 years.
The Atlas of Religion by
Call Number: G1046.E4 O2 2007
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
The world's religions have emerged as one of the greatest geopolitical forces now shaping our lives. Now available in an updated edition, this authoritative atlas is an essential resource for understanding the powerful role of religion around the globe. In an accessible text packed with information, it maps the current nature, extent, and influence of each of the major religions and shows, country by country, how religions are spread through broadcasting, missionary work, schooling, and banking; how they relate to government, laws, and world hunger; and the role they play in wars. It traces the emergence of new religious movements, the survival of traditional beliefs, and the presence of atheism and agnosticism. The Atlas of Religion also locates the origin, the heartland, and the sacred places of each of the major religions and provides essential background with a valuable table showing the fundamental beliefs of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism. Copub: Myriad Editions Limited
Gale Virtual Reference Library
ATLA Religion Database
Online collection of major religion and theology journals including full text for more than 285,300 electronic articles and book reviews, from 150 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. 1908-present. (EBSCOhost)