Starting Points

The following resources offer introductions to research on religion and spirituality. You can use them to get a broad understanding of your topic before delving deeper with the databases and other resources listed further down on this page.

Intro Readings

Featured Resource: Harvard Divinity School Library

Swartz Hall entrance to Harvard Divinity School Library.Harvard Divinity School Library "is the primary portal to the vast resources for the study of religion available to researchers at Harvard."

The HDS Library in open to the public. Explore their collections and research resources online. Many of the related guides listed at the bottom of this page were created by HDS librarians.

Swartz Hall photo by Justin Knight.

Find Data

Explore the Harvard Divinity School Library's
Religious Statistics Research Guide

Find data on all topics & support resources in our

Data Resources for HKS Affiliates Research Guide


Also explore:

Find Books & Articles

For books, search for full titles or keywords in HOLLIS, Harvard's library catalog.

For help with HOLLIS, see the HOLLIS User Guide.

Also for books, explore our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Collection:

For journal articles, explore the databases below:

Search several of the above databases simultaneously with the
Religion Databases Cross-Search
from the Harvard Divinity School Library

Find Primary Sources

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