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Databases

SOAS Library provides access to many databases which support research into the Study of Religions

SOAS students and staff can cross-search a range of Religions related databases via Primo Central


Below is a list of our major databases available for the Study of Religions. Most databases can be accessed by all Library users on-campus. For a full list of our databases please see A-Z databases.

  • 19th century British Library newspapers
    48 local, regional and national titles selected by the British Library to best represent life,
    events and opinions in 19th century Britain
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    An index of Western language monographs, journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies and Festschriften on all parts of Asia published since 1971.
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Brill Online Reference
    For Encylopedia of Islam, Encyclopedia of the Qur’an and Encyclopedia of Judaism (among others)
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Includes the Cambridge Histories of the Bible, Christianity, Islam and Judaism and the Cambridge New Histories of the Bible and New History of Islam
    On-campus
    / Off-campus
  • Digital Dictionary of Buddhism
    Comprises both the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (DDB) and the CJKV-English dictionary (CJKV-E) for Sinitic characters and compounds.
    On-campus
    / Off-campus
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
    Access to over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Index Islamicus
    Bibliographic database of books and journal articles about the Islamic World, published since 1906
    On-campus
    / Off-campus
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online
    Online subject bibliographies for Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic studies. Useful for anyone looking at the history of these religions and countries where they are practiced
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Oxford Islamic Studies
    Access to a wide range of Oxford University Press publications on Islam and the Islamic World
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Oxford Reference
    Access to over 100 Oxford University Press encyclopaedias, dictionaries and other reference works across a wide range of subjects relevant to the study of religions
    On-campus / Off-campus