Starting Your Research in the Religions Collection in the Library
How do I find books and journals?
How do I find journal articles?
How do I find multimedia resources?
How do I find newspapers?
- World-wide newspapers 1996- (including UK) on Access World News
- UK Newspapers on Lexis Library
- North China Herald
Access to this major English-language Shanghai newspaper from 1850-1940. Useful for reports of missionary activity in China
- The Times of India (1838-2003)
An easily searchable database of this major newspaper covering key events in the history of India and the British Empire. An excellent resource for political, social and cultural history, including the role of religion.
SOAS Research Online
SOAS Research Online - Open access e-print repository of academic publications (articles, book chapters, theses etc.) by SOAS staff and students. Content dates mainly from the 1990s, though the earliest items are from 1959
What if SOAS Library does not hold what I need?
Try other libraries: For Religions in general, the following libraries are recommended:
- British Library
The national library and manuscript collection of the U.K.
- Kings College London
Extensive general collection for the study of religions
- National Art Library (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Holds internationally significant collections on the religious art of all the major faith traditions
- Senate House Library (University of London)
SOAS students have access to the 8 collaborating libraries, including the School of Advanced Study
- University College London (UCL)
Extensive general collections for the study of religions
- Warburg Institute (University of London)
Important collections on history, philosophy and the study of religions
Faith specific Libraries:
- Catholic National Library (held by Durham University Library)
The emphasis is on the Roman Catholic Church. Also includes Catholic mission records going back to the late 17th century
- Dr Williams’ Library
The Library specialises in English Protestant non-conformity, and is run as a charitable trust
- Heythrop College (University of London)
College with a “modern Catholic ethos” specialising in philosophy and theology
- Islamic Cultural Centre
Based at the London Central Mosque, the Library contains material on Islam in English as well as Arabic
- Lambeth Palace Library
The focus of the collection is the Anglican tradition, but also contains material on comparative religion
- Leo Baeck Institute Library
Library collections on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry
- London School of Jewish Studies
Important and wide-ranging collections on the whole spectrum of Jewish studies
- Wiener Library (for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide)
Founded in 1933, the collections focus on Jewish cultural life in Europe before the Holocaust, and all aspects of the Holocaust during the Nazi era, and its aftermath. The Library also looks at other genocides in world history, such as those in Armenia and Rwanda.
- Mundus Gateway
Guide to over 400 collections on overseas missionary work
- National Archives
To search for archival collections in the UK and abroad, go to the National Archives “Find an archive".
Public, local, government and personal papers relating to the United Kingdom from early medieval times to the present day. The Archives also include the following directories to local archive collection
- Oriental and India Office Collections (British Library)
Important archive and manuscript collections on non-Western philosophical and religious traditions
Also consult the regional subject guidesTry e-book collections
- Cambridge Books Online [SOAS staff & students only when off-site]
- ebrary [SOAS staff & students only]
- Dawsonera [SOAS staff & students only]
Use the Inter-Library loans service to request books from other Libraries
- British Library
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