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Religious Studies: Get Started

About This Guide

This guide outlines major resources to assist in researching topics in Religious Studies.

In addition to the Religious Studies collection in the Dana Porter Library, many publications and resources (all included in Primo) are also available at the federated university and affiliated colleges:

Library Links

Key Library website links:

Your Library Card

Your WATCard is your Library card. Use it to borrow books from uWaterloo and other University Libraries as well as to remotely access the uWaterloo Library's electronic resources.

Are You Off Campus?

Access the Library's electronic resources (Research Databases, E-Journals, E-Books, etc.) from anywhere!

"Get access from anywhere" link.

Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • Research Databases
      • Specific Journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)