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GENERAL TOPICS

Anthropology and Social Sciences

Ingold, Tim. Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology GN25.C65 1994

Levinson, David, ed. Encyclopedia of World Cultures REF GN307 .E53 1991

Moss, Joyce and George Wilson. Peoples of the world. Asians and Pacific Islanders : the culture, geographical setting, and historical background of 41 Asian and Pacific Island peoples REF GN308.3.A83 M6 1993

Seymour-Smith, Charlotte. Dictionary of Anthropology REF GN11 .D48 1986

Sills, David L., ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences REF H41 .I6

Winthrop, R. H., Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology REF GN307.W56 1991

Art History

*Turner, Jane, ed., Dictionary of Art N31.D5 1996

Comparative Religion and World Religions

Brandon, S.G.F, ed. A Dictionary of Comparative Religion REF BL31 .D5

Crim, Keith, ed. Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions REF BL31 .A25

Goring, Rosemary. Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions REF BL31 .D53 1994

*Eliade, Mircea, ed. The Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL31 .E46 1986

*Smith, Jonathan Z., ed. The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion REF31.H37 1995

*Hastings, James. Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics REF BL31.E4

Hinnells, John R. A New Dictionary of Religions REF BL31 .P48 1995

Literature and Literary Criticism

Cuddon, J. A. A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory REF PN41 .C83 1991

*Groden, Michael and Martin Kreiswirth, eds. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism REF PN81 .J64 1994

Hawthorn, Jeremy. A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory REF PN44.5 .H37 1992

Klein, Leonard S., ed. Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century REF PN771 .E5 1989

Lang, D.M. and D.R. Dudley. The Penguin Companion to Classical, Oriental & African Literature PA31 .P4 1969

*Lentricchia, Frank, ed. Critical Terms for Literary Study PN81 .C84 1995

Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, eds. The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics REF PN1021 .N39 1993

Mythology, Folklore, and Symbolism

Bonnefoy, Yves, compl. Mythologies BL311.D513 1991

Cirlot, Juan Eduardo. A Dictionary of Symbols REF BF1623.S9 C513 1971

Jobes, Gertrude. Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore, and Symbols REF GR35.J6

Jones, Alison. Larousse Dictionary of World Folklore REF GR35.J664 1995

*Leach, Maria, ed. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend REF GR35 .F82 1972

Leach, Marjorie. Guide to the Gods REF 473.L43 1992

Lurker, M. Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils, and Demons REF BL303.L8713 1987

Moon, Beverly. An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism / the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism REF BL603 .A72 1991

Olderr, Steven, ed. Symbolism : A Comprehensive Dictionary REF CB475 .O38 1986

*Thompson, Stith. Motif-Index of Folk-Literature: A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-books, and Local Legends REF GR67 .T5

Whitcomb, Bill. The Magician’s Companion : A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism REF BF1611 .W443 1993

Willis, Roy. World Mythology REF BL311 .W66 1993

Philosophy

The PhilosopherÍs Index REF B51.P55, CD-ROM in Reference Room and earlier volumes

Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

*Blackburn, Simon, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy REF B41.B53 1994

Craig, Edward. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy REF B51.R68 1998 and CD-Rom Reference Room

*Edwards, Paul, ed. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy REF B41 .E5 1972

Kearney, Richard, ed. Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy REF B804 .T884 1994

Quinn, Philip L. and Charles Taliaferro. A Companion to Philosophy of Religion BL51.C634 1997

Wiener, Philip P., ed. Dictionary of the History of Ideas REF CB5.D52 1973

Theology and Ethics

Cohen, Arthur A. and Marvin Halverson, eds. A Handbook of Christian Theology BR95.H3

Becker, Lawrence C. and Charlotte B. Becker. Encyclopedia of Ethics REF BJ63 .E45 1992

Childress, James F. and John Macquarrie, eds. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics REF BJ1199 .W47 1986

Clark, Paul Barry and Andrew Linzey, eds. Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society REF BJ63.D45 1996

Dwyer, Judith A., ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought REF1753.N497 1994

Harvey, Van A. Handbook of Theological Terms BR95.H32

Komonchak, Joseph A., Mary Collins, and Dermot A. Lane, eds. The New Dictionary of Theology REF BR95.N38 1991

*McGrath, Alister, ed. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought REF BR95.B58 1993

Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Melody of Theology: A Philosophical Dictionary BR95.P36 1988

Rahner, Karl and Herbert Vorgrimler. Theological Dictionary BR95.R3

*Rahner, Karl, ed. Sacramentum Mundi: An Encyclopedia of Theology REF BR95.S3

Richardson, Alan and John Bowden, eds. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology

Singer, Peter, ed. A Companion to Ethics REF BJ1012 .C62 1991

RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS

American Religions

Benowitz, June Melby. Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion REF BL2525 .B45 1998

Hill, Samuel S., ed. Encyclopedia of Religion in the South REF BR535 .E52 1984

*Lippy, Charles H. and Peter W. Williams. Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience: Studies of Traditions and Movements REF BL2525 .E53 1987

Melton, J. Gordon. The Encyclopedia of American Religions REF BL2525 .M449 1999

Murphy, Larry G., J. Gordon Melton, and Gary L. Ward, eds. Encyclopedia of African-American Religions REF BR563.N4 E53 1993

Reid, Daniel, ed. Dictionary of Christianity in America REF BR515 .D53 1990

Ancient Near East

Black, Jeremy A., and Anthony Green. Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia : An Illustrated Dictionary REF BL2350.I7 B53 1992

Knappert, Jan. The Encyclopaedia of Middle Eastern Mythology and Religion REF BL1060 .K58 1993

Leick, G. A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology REF BL1060 .L44 1991

Pritchard, James B. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament 2nd edition BS1180.P7

Asian History and Cultures

Carr, Brian and Indira Mahalingam, eds. Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy

Embree, Ainslie, T. The Encyclopedia of Asian History REF DS31 .E53 1988

Fischer-Schreiber, Ingrid. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion : Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen REF BL1005 .L4813 1994

Munsterberg, Hugo. Dictionary of Chinese and Japanese Art REF N7340 .M85 1981

Biblical Studies

Alter, Robert and Frank Kermode, eds. The Literary Guide to the Bible BS511.2.L58 1987

Bauer, Johannes Baptist, ed. Sacramentum verbi; An Encyclopedia of Biblical Theology REF BS440 .B3

Barton, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation BS511.2 .C35 1998

*Buttrick, George Arthur. The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible REF BS440 .I6

Freedman, David Noel. Anchor Bible Dictionary REF BS440 .A54 1992

Metzger, Bruce M. The Oxford Companion to the Bible REF BS440 .O84 1993

Myers, Allen C. The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary REF BS440 .C7613

Ryken, Leland, et al., eds. Dictionary of Biblical Imagery REF BS537 .D48 1998

Buddhism

Ling, T.O. A Dictionary of Buddhism REF BQ130.D5 1972

Prebish, Charles S. Historical Dictionary of Buddhism REF BQ130 .P74 1993

Reynolds, Frank. Guide to Buddhist Religion REF BQ4012.R49 1981

Celtic

Green, Miranda J. Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend REF. BL980.I7 G65 1992

Christianity

Atiya, Aziz S. The Coptic Encyclopedia BX130.5 .C66 1991

Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Study of Churches and Religions in the Modern World, AD 1900-2000 REF BR157 .W67 1982

Bercot, David, ed. Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More Than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers REF BR66.5 .D53 1998

*The Catholic Encyclopedia BX841.C28

Cross, F.L., and E.A. Livingstone The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church REF BR95.O8 1974 Revised edition 1997

Di Berardino, Angelo, ed. Encyclopedia of the Early Church BR66.5 .D5813 1991

Downey, Michael, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality

Fahlbusch, Erwin, et al., eds. The Encyclopedia of Christianity REF BR95 .E8913 1999

Ferguson, Everett, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Early Christianity REF BR162.2 .E53 1997

Fink, Peter E., ed. The New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship

Hillerbrand, Hans J., ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation REF BR302.8 .O93 1996

Kazhdan, Alexander, P., ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium REF521.093 1991

Speake, Jennifer. The Dent Dictionary of Symbols in Christian Art REF N8010 .S64 1994

Greek and Roman

*Aufsteig und Niedergang der romischen Welt DG209.T36 1972

Bell, Robert E. Dictionary of Classical Mythology : Symbols, Attributes & Associations REF BL715 .B44 1982

Hammond, N.G.L. and H. H. Scullard, eds. The Oxford Classical Dictionary REF DE5.O8 1970

Harvey, Paul. The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature REF DE5.H3 1984

Paulys Realencyclopedia der classischen Altertumswissenschaft DE5. P2

Speake, Graham, ed. The Penguin Dictionary of Ancient History REF DE5.D53 1995

Stapleton, Michael. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology REF BL715 .S7 1986

Hinduism

Dowson, John. A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature REF BL1105 .D7

Grimes, John A. A Concise Dictionary of Indian philosophy: Sanskrit Terms Defined in English B131 .G67 1989

Kurian, George Thomas. Historical and Cultural Dictionary of India REF DS405 .K8

Liebert, Gosta. Iconographic Dictionary of the Indian Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism REF BL2001.2 .L54 1976

Potter, Karl H. Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies B131 .E5 1977

Stutley, Margaret. An Illustrated Dictionary of Hindu Iconography REF N8195.A4 S78 1984

Stutley, Margaret and James, eds. Harper’s Dictionary of Hinduism: Its Mythology, Folklore, Philosophy, Literature, and History REF BL1105 .S88 1977

Werner, Karel. A Popular Dictionary of Hinduism REF BL2003.W47 1994

Islam

*Encyclopedia of Islam REF DS37.E523

Esposito, John L. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World REF DS35.53 .O95 1995

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, John O. Voll, and John Esposito, eds. The Contemporary Islamic Revival: A Critical Survey and Bibliography REF BP60 .H33 1991

Nanji, Azim, A., ed. The Muslim Almanac : A Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and Peoples of Islam REF. BP40 .M83 1996

Shorter encyclopaedia of Islam REF DS37 .E52 1974

Judaism

*Encyclopedia Judaica REF DS102.8 .E496

The Jewish Religion: A Companion BM50.J28 1995

Werblowsky, R.J., and Geoffrey Wigoder. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion REF BM50.094 1997

Native American

Gill, Sam D. and Irene F. Sullivan. Dictionary of Native American Mythology REF E98.R3 G46 1992

Hirschfelder, Arlene B. and Paulette Molin. The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions : An Introduction REF E98.R3 H73 1992

Klein, Barry T., ed. Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian REF E76.2 .K58 1995

Sturtevant, William C., gen. ed. Handbook of North American Indians E77 .H35 v. 4-11

Sikhism

Cole, W. Owen and Piara Singh Sambhi. A Popular Dictionary of Sikhism REF BL2017.3 .C65 1990

Singh, Harbans, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Sikhism REF BL2017.3 .E63 1992

MAJOR PERIODICALS

Periodicals Indexes

Anthropological Index Online available at the Sawyer Library website under Indexes and Data Bases or directly at lucy.ukc.ac.uk.

Bibliography of Asian Studies available at the Sawyer Library website under Indexes and Data Bases or directly at bas.umdl.umich.edu.

Book Review Digest available on CD-ROM at Stetson.

Humanities Index available on CD-ROM at Stetson.

Periodicals Contents Index (PCI)

Philosopher’s Index available on CD-ROM at Stetson.

Religion index one, Periodicals 1985-present. Available on CD-ROM at Stetson. (Formerly Index to Religious Periodical Literature BL1 .I52 REF)

Social Sciences Index available on CD-ROM at Stetson.

Periodicals

Journal of the American Academy of Religion. BR1.J54

History of Religion. BL1.H5

Numen. BL1.N8

Parabola. BL1.P25