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RLG388H5F Mothers, motherhood and mothering in religious traditions

A guide to assist students with research for the course

Religion Databases

  • ProQuest Religion
    A resource for researching religious issues and perspectives.This is a subset of Summon the huge interdisciplinary database you access via the "search all" or "article search" tabs on the library's home page.
  • ATLA Religion Database
    The major international index for religion, ATLA covers all scholarly fields of religion. Journals, selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope, represent all the major religious faiths, major denominations, and include numerous language groups.

  • Religious and Theological Abstracts
    The database provides summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of religion and theology. Coverage includes journals in the fields of Christian, Jewish, and other world religions.
    Covers over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It is a full text retrospective database.In most cases recently published issues of journals (past 3-5 years) are NOT available in JSTOR. The date of publication is extremely important to consider when using this source.Don't use an article published decades ago, aim for a more recent item.
    When searching the database limit your results to your subject area, for example, Religion or Asian Studies.

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Women's Studies Databases

  • Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts
  • Gender Studies Database
    Provides interdisciplinary coverage of gender-related topics including women's studies, men's studies, ethnic studies, health issues, and sexual diversity.
  • Contemporary Women's Issues
    Provides access to information about women in over 200 countries covering topics such as domestic violence, employment and the workplace, gender and equity, family and reproductive health, and human rights.

Tips for Database Searching

To find relevant articles and information in a database depends on your ability to construct a search.

Successful searching depends on Boolean Searching (Using And and OR) and Truncation (Word variations). 


You probably know how to do this already. However, just to make sure everyone is aware of these tips, here are two tutorials to make sure.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

What are subject headings?

  • Library of Congress subject headings are the vocabulary by which librarians describe and organize items in the collection
  • Subject headings may be different from the natural language used to describe topics:
Natural language Library of Congress subject headings
Rights of women in Israel > Women's rights Israel
A history of women's social conditions > Women--social conditions--history
Feminist movements in the Middle East > Feminism Arab countries

To find relevant subject headings to your topic

  • Select subject from the drop-down menu
  • Work your way down the list of results, and click on a link to view titles tagged under that subject heading