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Use reference sources to start your research journey
Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, annuals and many others that are not meant to be read "cover to cover" but consulted for quick and factual information.
Current and reliable reference sources provide an overview of a topic. They help you understand the terminology and issues in a topic new to you.
Photograph: Conestoga wagon being pulled by horses through the hills of Pennsylvania, with a support vehicle behind, for the 1952 trek from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Waterloo, Ontario. Credit: David L. Hunsberger, Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Selected Mennonite Studies Reference Sources
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
GAMEO provides reliable information on Anabaptist-related (Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, Brethren in Christ) topics, including
history, theology, biography, institutions and local congregations. Note when researching in GAMEO that not all articles have been updated from their original 1950s version.
Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites and Mennonites
From the book description: Donald B. Kraybill has spent his career among Anabaptist groups, gaining an unparalleled understanding of these traditionally private people. Kraybill shares that deep knowledge in this succinct overview of the beliefs and cultural practices of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. Found throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, these religious communities include more than 200 different groups with 800,000 members in 17 countries.
Location: Milton Good Library Reference BX4931.3 .C647 2010
"Amish Studies" is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture.
Information and resources for service providers working with Low German speaking Mennonites from Latin America, provided by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.
More General Reference Sources
Online Reference Shelf
A listing of all of the reference sources available online through the University of Waterloo Library, including numerous works that cover Christianity, theology, Biblical studies and religion.
Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Religion
Covers a variety of religions as well as its intersection with politics, science, art, and more.