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Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT

Key Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1949-
Leading international index to publications in theology and religious studies.
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
REF AI3.C3 1967-2009
A cumulative author / subject index to a selective list of Catholic journals published mainly in the U.S., Canada, England and Ireland.
Publication coverage: 1906 - present (updated annually)
Print holdings: 1665 - 1905
Indexes articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.
Index of articles on Jewish studies.
Online from 1986-
REF BR1.R5 1958-2008
Indexes periodicals in religion, including Christian, Jewish and other world religions.

Other Useful Indexes

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Abstracts of Research in Pastoral Care and Counseling
REF BV4012.2.A26 (1972-1999)
Annual publication listing all the research done during the current year.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index to the world's historical literature (except Canada and the United States) from 1450 to the present. Indexes journal articles, selected books and dissertations.
Publication coverage: 1967-
Covers all subjects relating to European medieval studies from 450 to 1500.
Publication coverage: 1843 - present
Indexes articles and reviews drawn from scholarly interdisciplinary journal titles pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Also under construction is a database of books.
Helen De Renzy Trust
Publication coverage: 1940-
Provides indexing from books and journals of philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields.


To find books in our collection, search QCAT by author, title, subject heading, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
luther martin
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
luther martin
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
reformation and germany
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
germany--church history--16th century
Examples of subject headings relating to Religion:
Bible O.T. Genesis
Catholic Church--Bishops
Church of England--Doctrines
Cults--History--20th century
Jesus Christ
John XXIII, Pope, 1891-1963
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
Philosophy, Hindu
Theology--Early church, ca. 30-600
Women clergy
To find bibliographies on a topic, look for the subdivision bibliography following a subject heading.
To find primary sources in the library, look for the subdivision sources following a subject heading.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Consult specialized encyclopedias or dictionaries to get a broad overview of a subject, a concise overview of a concept, school of thought or person. To find encyclopedias or dictionaries on your topic, search QCAT using the keywords of your topic combined with "encyclopedia" or "dictionaries".


Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions
REF BL31.A24

This dictionary is "intended as a guide to the historical development, beliefs, and observances of religions which are being practiced today. Each major religious tradition has an extensive article devoted to it, and there are briefer articles on more specific topics and aspects of each, including entries for regional developments in religions which have spread to various geographical locations. Signed articles; bibliographies; cross-references."

Anchor Bible Dictionary
REF BS440.A54 1992

This dictionary of about 6200 entries covers proper names, major works, each book of the Bible, Apocryphal texts and the Dead Sea scrolls.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Encyclopedia of Religion
REF BL31.E46 2005

This standard work treats the theoretical, practical and sociological aspects of both major and minor religions past and present. Includes bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
REF BL60.E53 1998

From brief to long essays, this encyclopedia covers world religions, religious perspectives on political and social issues, and religious leaders and scholars in the U.S. and the world.

Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America
REF BL458.E52 2006 (3 vols)

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion
REF BL458.E53 1999

Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

This online encyclopedia offers scholarly articles relevant to the contemporary dialogue between religion and science, primarily from a Catholic theological perspective.

A New Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
REF BV173.D28 1986

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
REF BR302.8.O93 1996

This comprehensive, scholarly four volume encyclopedia not only covers the "broad phenomenon of religion and all its societal ramifications in the sixteenth century" but goes beyond the sixteenth century to include relevant topics from the late Middle Ages. Includes annotated bibliographies.

Oxford Reference Online: Religion

Includes A Dictionary of the Bible, The Oxford Companion to the bible, The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible, A Dictionary of Buddhism, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford Dictionary of Islam, A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion, The Oxford Dictionary of Popes, The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Religion and American Cultures: an Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions
REF BL2525.R448 2003

This three volume set "explores a new spirit of religious diversity, multiculturalism, and the many varied religious cultures that have emerged outside the mainstream traditions".

Religion Resource

This Routledge Reference Resource includes searchable full text of various encyclopedias, dictionaries, and 'Who's Who...' in world religions.


Catholic Encyclopedia

Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 2006

A Dictionary of Christian Spirituality
REF BV4488.W47 1984

Provides cross-references and bibliographies in the concise articles written by more than 150 contributors.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible DDD
REF BS680.G57D53 1999

"Discusses all the gods and demons whose names are found in the Bible."

A Dictionary of the Bible 2009

Provides information about important places, people, themes, and doctrines of the Bible. Features a bibliography, biographies of Bible scholars, a conversion table of measures, weights, and values, a chronology of important dates in Biblical history, and historical maps.

A Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement
REF BX6.3.D53 2002t

This edition consists of about 700 entries written from the perspective of different areas of faith, dialogue, church and society, and national histories, reflecting changes in the movement after the Cold War and the challenges of increased globalization.

Encyclopedia of Biblical Theology: the Complete Sacramentum Verbi
REF BS440.B46713 1981

"An important work of Roman Catholic biblical scholarship, providing articles on theological significant words."

The Encyclopedia of Christianity
REF BR95.E8913 1999

This three volume set is the standard reference on Christianity.

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity 1998, 2nd ed.
REF BR162.2.E53 1990t

"Covers persons, places, doctrines, practices, art, liturgy, heresies, and schisms from the time of Jesus to approximately 600 CE".

New Catholic Encyclopedia
REF BX841.N44 2003

"An international work of reference on the teachings, history, organization and activities of the Catholic Church, and on all institutions, religions, philosophies, and scientific and cultural developments affecting the Catholic Church from its beginning to the present". Includes bibliographies, some annotated.

A New Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
REF BV173.D28 1986

"Provides introduction and clarification for general readers" to the topic of Christian worship with brief treatment of other religions. Includes references.

A New Dictionary of Theology
REF BR95.N38 1987

The signed articles which are "written from the point of view of the Roman Catholic Church" have see references and bibliographies.

The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology
REF BS622.N48 1983

Has "brief definitions of terms and concise signed articles on persons, places, deities relevant to the study of Biblical archaeology". Includes bibliographies.

The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology
REF BS2312.N48 1986t

This four volume set is a translation, with additions and revisions of Theologisches Begriffslexikon zum Neuen Testament. It covers "New Testament terminology of theological importance." Material is arranged to "group related New Testament Greek terms under concepts arranged alphabetically by English word". Intended as a companion volume to The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church. (Ref. BR95.D68 1978)

The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought
REF BR95.O94 2000

In contrast to The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, this volume focuses less on the facts of Christian history than on the movement of ideas among Christians.

The Oxford Companion to the Bible
REF BS440.M434 1993t

Signed articles cover "key persons, places, events, concepts, institutions and realities of biblical times". Bibliographic citations included. Along with a short general bibliography at the end, maps and an index are included".

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
REF BR95.O8 1997

Considered to be the "authoritative, one-volume reference on the Christian Church". This third edition has new articles, rewritten and revised articles along with some of the articles from the second edition being retained.

Sacramentum Mundi: an Encyclopedia of Theology
REF BR95.S23

Includes signed articles of substantial length with bibliographies on the central themes of modern religious thought.

Signs and Symbols in Christian Art
REF N7830.F3 1961

Excellent for quick reference. Symbols are explained using direct language, line drawings and reproductions of works of art.

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT)
REF PA881.K62

Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (TDOT)
REF BS440.B5713 1977

World Christian Encyclopedia
REF BR157.W67 2001

This two volume set is a comparative survey of churches and religions in the modern world.


A Dictionary of Buddhism (2003)

A Dictionary of Buddhism
REF BQ130.D5

Information extracted from the Dictionary of comparative religion (SL BL31.D54).

A Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography
REF BQ4620.L65 1999

9 volume set.

Encyclopaedia of Sikh Religion and Culture
REF BL2017.3.D64 1996t

"Includes information on all major and minor aspects of religion, culture, history, tribes, castes, folklore, customs, fairs, and festivals of the Sikhs".

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism
REF BQ9259.B37 2002


Encyclopaedia of Islam
REF DS37.E563

Brille's Encyclopaedia of Islam is a "completely new edition of the most important reference work in English on Islamic subjects".

Encyclopaedia of the World Muslims
REF BP50.E53 2001

4 volume set.

Oxford Dictionary of Islam
REF BP40 .O95 2003

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
REF DS35.53 O96 2009

This 6 volume set "describes all aspects of Islamic society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - from beliefs, institutions, and movements to practices and people". Includes bibliographies.

A Popular Dictionary of Islam 1997; Rev. ed.
REF BP40.N48 1992

Defines basic concepts in Islam. Both Arabic and English terms are defined.


A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
BM50 .J39 1999t

Encyclopaedia Judaica
REF DS102.8.E496 2007

"Offers a comprehensive view of world Jewry in about 25,000 articles by an international list of contributors".

The Routledge Dictionary of Judaism (2003)


Consult biographical dictionaries to get brief information about people, dates and events. For more sources, see Biographical Resources.

The Book of Saints
REF BX4655.2.B66 1994t

Brief biographies, feast days and emblems of about 10,000 saints of the Catholic Church, and list of patron saints of various professions, trades and arts.

Butler's Lives of the Saints
REF BX4654 .B8 1981b

"A standard source providing, in calendar order, short biographies of saints" in four volumes.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible DDD
REF BS680.G57D53 1999

"Discusses all the gods and demons whose names are found in the Bible."

Fifty Eastern Thinkers
REF B5505.C645 2000

Provides information about major thinkers in eastern philosophy and religion. Also included are a glossary of philosophical terms, as well as bibliographies and recommended further reading for each thinker.

Oxford Dictionary of Popes
REF BX955.2.K45 1986t

Gives "biographical sketches, arranged chronologically of all 268 popes and 39 antipopes, from St. Peter to John Paul II".

Oxford Dictionary of Saints (2011)
REF BR1710.F34 2003

Who's Who in the New Testament
REF BS2430.B67

"Includes all the people mentioned by name in the New Testament as well as some who remained unnamed like the centurions at Capernaum and Calvary" plus certain religious groups. Intended for the general reader and students needing concise information.

Who's Who in the Old Testament
REF BS570.C64

Includes all the people mentioned in the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.


Consult bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic. To find out what bibliographies the Library has, do a subject search in QCAT. Many bibliographies can be found in Reference at Z7751 - Z7845. Some examples are:

Anabaptist Bibliography, 1520-1630
REF Z7845.A4H54 1991t

Church and State in America, a Bibliographical Guide: the Colonial and Early National Periods
REF Z7776.72.C48 1986

Guide to Buddhist Religion
REF Z7860.R48

Though dated, this is an excellent bibliography of Buddhism with good annotations.

Guide to Hindu Religion
REF Z7835.B8 D44

Though dated, this is an excellent bibliography of Hinduism with good annotations.

Guide to Islam
REF Z7835.M6G84 1983

A bibliography of books and journal articles which aims to "introduce the English-language reader to significant publications on Islam as a religion and a civilization". Has annotations, and author and subject indexes.

An Index to English Periodical Literature on the Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
REF Z7772.A1H86 1987

Liberation Theologies: a Research Guide
REF Z7809.M87 1991

Medieval Visions of Heaven and Hell: a Sourcebook
REF Z7794.G37 1993t

The New Testament: a Bibliography
REF Z7772.L1H37 1985t

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Lists books, journals, primary documents, web resources, and multimedia in various discipline-based subject modules including Biblical Studies, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islamic Studies.

The Oxford Movement and its Leaders: a Bibliography of Secondary and Lesser Primary Sources
REF Z7845.O83C78 1988

Religion and Society in North America: an Annotated Bibliography
REF Z7831.R44 1983

The Synoptic Problem: a Bibliography, 1716-1988
REF Z7772.M1L66 1988

Victorian Science and Religion: a Bibliography
REF Z5320.E57 1984t

Guides & Handbooks

The Bible Almanac
REF BS635.2.B48

Provides information on the "coinage, weights and measures, foods, means of travel, animal and vegetable life, chronology, social manners and customs, languages and literary forms, and many other aspects of human life" in biblical times. Includes illustrations, maps, tables and occasional bibliographic citations.

Eerdmans' Handbook to Christian Belief
REF BT77.E35 1982

This book "gives a clear and comprehensive account of Christian belief. Themes covered include: Christianity, Jesus Christ, God, creation of the universe, a new creation and Christian belief in the making. Articles have been written by an international team of contributors from twenty countries".

Eerdmans' Handbook to the World's Religions
REF BL80.2.E35 1982

Presents a comprehensive and clear introduction and guide to the world's religions from ancient times to present day. Includes diagrams, photographs and a "fact-finder" of terms.

The Illustrated Guide to the Bible
REF BS635.2.P67 1995t

Beautifully illustrated with colored photographs, etchings, manuscripts, paintings and maps, this multifaceted book treats readers to a "reliquary of scriptural influences in all walks of life". There are "historical accounts of various Bible stories and historical treatments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Roman rule" to name a few.

Sacred Books & Commentaries


A number of bibles in English and French from the King James and Douai to modern translations are located in the Reference Collection in the BS185-192 range. For other editions and languages, check the library catalogue or ask in Special Collections.


To search for bibles in QCAT, search Full Catalogue by Series/Uniform Title, which serves to bring similar works together in one list.

e.g. enter bible english or bible o.t. or bible n.t. etc. for lists of more detailed bible categories.


The principle English editions are:

King James or Authorized Version (1611):

To search QCAT by Uniform Title: Bible. English. Authoriz[s]ed

e.g. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments
REF BS185.19uu .O9 [Before 1950?]

King James Bible via Literature Online.
Searchable; part of LION. Under REFERENCE SHELF, change 'Select reference' to King James Bible.

American Revised or American Standard Versions (1901)
(a revision of the King James Version)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. American Revised

e.g. Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments
Jordan Special Collections BS190 .A1 .1901 N

Revised Standard Version (1952):
(a revision of the American Standard Version)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. Revised Standard

e.g. The Holy Bible
REF BS191.A1 1952 N4

New American Standard Bible Version (1971):
(a revision of the American Standard Version)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. New American Standard

e.g. New American Standard Bible
REF BS195.N35 1977

New King James Version (1982):

To search QCAT: Bible. English. Authorized. 1982

e.g. Holy Bible: the New King James Version
REF BS185.1982 N37 1982

Douai-Rheims Version:
(Roman Catholic)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. Douai. or Bible. O.T. English. Douai.

e.g. Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible (online)

New American Bible Version (1970):
(Roman Catholic)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. New American

e.g. Saint Joseph edition of the New American Bible
BS192.3 .1970 N48 1970t

Jerusalem Bible Version (1966):
(Roman Catholic: translated on the basis of Greek and Hebrew texts)

To search QCAT: Bible. English. Jerusalem

e.g. The Jerusalem Bible
REF BS195.J4 1966

Codex Sinaiticus

Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript of the Christian Bible written in the middle of the fourth century, contains the earliest complete copy of the Christian New Testament. The hand-written text is in Greek.


Books of the Bible
REF BS540.B62 1989

Cambridge Companion to the Bible
REF BS475.2.C26 1997

Harper's Bible Commentary
REF BS491.2.H37 1988t

Encyclopedia of Biblical Theology: the Complete Sacramentum Verbi
REF BS440.B46713 1981

"An important work of Roman Catholic biblical scholarship, providing articles on theological significant words."

The Interpreter's Bible
REF BS491.I7

The King James and Revised Standard versions with general articles and introduction, exegesis, and exposition.

The New Jerome Biblical Commentary
REF BS491.2.N485 1989t

Commentaries by Roman Catholic scholars, with bibliographical references.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books
REF BS191.5.A1 1991

The Oxford Bible Commentary

The Oxford Companion to the Bible
REF BS440.M434 1993t

Signed articles cover "key persons, places, events, concepts, institutions and realities of biblical times". Bibliographic citations included. Along with a short general bibliography at the end, maps and an index are included".


Dictionary of the Bible

The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology
REF BS622.N48 1983

Has "brief definitions of terms and concise signed articles on persons, places, deities relevant to the study of Biblical archaeology". Includes bibliographies.

Internet Sacred Text Archive: Christianity


Hebrew Bible

To search QCAT, search Full Catalogue by Series/Uniform Title: Bible. O.T. Hebrew

e.g. [Tanakh: Torah, Nevi'im Ketuvim] = Tanach: the Torah, Prophets, Writings: the Twenty-four Books of the Bible Newly Translated and Annotated
REF BS895.S77 1997 2nd ed.

e.g. [Tanakh] = JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh: the Traditional Hebrew Text and the New JPS Translation
REF BS895.J4 1999

(The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
Also called the Chumash and the Pentateuch.)

To search QCAT: Bible. O.T. Pentateuch or Bible. O.T. Pentateuch. English
or Bible. O.T. Pentateuch-Commentaries

e.g. The Torah: a Modern Commentary
(English translation of The Torah with Commentaries)
REF BS1225.3 .P55 1981

(Gemara or Shas: a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history)

To search QCAT: Talmud

e.g. Babylonian Talmud
BM499.5 E5 1961
18 volume set containing the English translation of the entire Babylonian Talmud

e. g. Talmud: the Steinsaltz Edition: a Reference Guide
REF BM499.5 E4 1989t

Internet Sacred Text Archive: Judaism

Mechon Mamre

This provides the Bible in Hebrew and English, Mishne Torah in Hebrew and English, Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, Targum Onqelos, and Tiqqun Qore'im. Search engines are provided for each.

Eastern (Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen)

Sacred Books of the East

The SBE series, comprising fifty volumes, was issued by the Oxford University Press between 1879 and 1910. It includes translations of key sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Islam. Table of Contents.

Internet Sacred Text Archive:
Buddhism  Confucianism   Hinduism  I Ching   Jainism  Taoism


Editions of the Koran can be found in the book collection in the BP100 - 109 range. Selected versions include:

Holy Qurán: English Translation of the Meanings and Commentary
REF BP100 1989t

An Interpretation of the Qur'an: English Translation of the Meanings
REF BP109 2002

Koran Interpreted: a Translation
BP109.A7 1996

Sacred Books of the East

Internet Sacred Text Archive: Islam


Sri Guru Granth Sahib

English translations:



Concordances are located in the Reference collection in the BS424 - 440 range. Selected versions:

Bible Study Tools on the Internet

This website allows access to three concordances including Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.

Nelson's Complete Concordance of the New American Bible
REF BS425.N36 1977

Nelson's Complete Concordance of the Revised Standard Version Bible
REF BS425.E47

New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
REF BS425.S8 1984


A Concordance of the Qur'an
REF BP133.K37 1983

Terms are listed in their English transliterations.


Dictionary of Classical Hebrew
REF PJ4833.D53 1993

This lexicon in English covers classical Hebrew down to 200 A.D. It includes non-Biblical material, but does not list etymologies.

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament
REF PJ4833.K61813 1994

A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, with an appendix containing the biblical Aramic: based on the lexicon of William Gesenius as translated by Edward Robinson
REF PJ4833.B68 1972

The standard lexicon in English. Features the text of the 1907 edition with an appendix of corrections. Includes etymological information from Arabic, Syraic, Aramaic....See index: Index to Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew Lexicon
PJ4833.B683E35 1977


Home Book of Bible Quotations
REF BS432.S667

Longman Guide to Bible Quotations
REF BS1171.2.M32 1986u

The MacMillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations
REF PN6084.R3D5 1996

The Routledge Dictionary of Religious & Spiritual Quotations

A Treasury of Jewish Quotations
REF PN6095.J4B3 1965


The Cultural Atlas of Islam
DS36.85.A39 1986 (Stauffer Library books)

Singe volume containing information on geographical distribution and aspects of Islamic culture generally.

Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World
REF BL80.2.F28

Oxford Bible Atlas (4th ed; 2007)
REF BS630.O96 1984

Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible
BS630.W9 (Map Library - Atlases)


Intute: Religion and Theology

Database of Religion and Theology resources.

Online Resources for the Study of Religion

Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.

Papal Encyclicals Online

Guide to online Papal and official documents of the Catholic Church.

Recommended Websites

University of Vermont Libraries.

Religious Studies Web Guide

Created by Saundra Lipton (University of Calgary Library) and Cheryl Adams (Library of Congress).

Religious Worlds

Information about religious traditions.

Resource Pages for Biblical Studies

Compiled by Torrey Seland, School of Mission and Theology, Norway.
"Focusing on the early Christian Writings and their Social World".

Virtual Religion Index

"Comprehensive guide from Rutgers University's Religion Department covers most religions as well as the psychology and sociology of religion." Includes internet guides to major faiths.

Wabash Center

Guide to Internet Resources for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology.
"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, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc."


[Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil on the Nature of Fire; Pen and Paper; Albert Einstein's Dissertation]


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:



Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.