WS 377U: Women's Spirituality: Background Resources

Library guide for WS 377U class for Winter Term 2021.

Why Reference Works?

Scholarly reference works are useful for the following:

  • An overview of a topic
  • Topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
  • Finding keywords for searches 
  • Bibliographies for further research

Reference works are good starting points for research, but are rarely cited in research as secondary sources. 

Encyclopedias and Reference works

The following is a list of relevant encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works.  All are in print and most of those will be shelved on the 2nd floor of the Library in the reference collection.  Sources that are also available as ebooks are indicated. 

Background Information Video

This three-minute video shows how to find background information

Online Reference Works