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Subject Definition

Religious studies tries to study religious behavior and belief from outside any particular religious viewpoint. Religious studies draws upon multiple disciplines and their methodologies including anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of religion.


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  • Religion and Philosophy Collection  
    Covered topics include world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, epistemology, moral and political philosophy, and history of philosophy. More than 300 full-text journals, 250 peer-reviewed. Subset of Academic Search Complete.
  • Academic Search Complete  
    Multi-disciplinary academic resource. Covers social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language, arts, literature, and medicine. Includes scholarly full-text articles from over 7,300 sources, with an additional 1,000 full-text sources. Indexes more than 10,000 periodicals
  • World Religions
    Offers topic centers for in-depth study on many different religions, the complete text of many sacred or otherwise important religious works, brief fact files for overviews, hundreds of definitions and encyclopedia entries, as well as many videos, timelines, slideshows, maps, graphs, and music recordings.


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