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Religion/Philosophy LibGuide: Books & Media

What are books good for?

Besides being "super-great-things-to-escape-inside-by-reading-them", books can help you with research. Some books contain criticisms and essays by multiple authors, much like journals contain articles. And once you've found a book that is relevant, check out the bibliography (usually in the back of the book or at the end of chapters) for citations the author used to write the book. These can lead you to more relevant sources, in books, and in journals. Browsing a general topic book can also help you narrow your topic to something more specific, or give you ideas for completely different topics or papers.

Browsing for Books on Religion and Philosophy in KML

Books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. All of our books can be found in the Basement of the library, accessed either by the elevator or the main front stairwell.

Here are some suggested Dewey Decimal areas for browsing the library’s shelves for books on Religon/Philosophy:

(from Wikipedia)

  • 200 Religion
    • 200 Religion
    • 201 Religious mythology, general classes of religion, interreligious relations and attitudes, social theology
    • 202 Doctrines
    • 203 Public worship and other practices
    • 204 Religious experience, life, practice
    • 205 Religious ethics
    • 206 Leaders and organization
    • 207 Missions and religious education
    • 208 Sources
    • 209 Sects and reform movements
  • 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
    • 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
    • 211 Concepts of God
    • 212 Existence, ways of knowing God, attributes of God
    • 213 Creation
    • 214 Theodicy
    • 215 Science & religion
    • 216 No longer used—formerly Evil
    • 217 No longer used—formerly Prayer
    • 218 Humankind
    • 219 No longer used—formerly Analogies
  • 220 The Bible
    • 220 Bible
    • 221 Old Testament (Tanakh)
    • 222 Historical books of Old Testament
    • 223 Poetic books of Old Testament
    • 224 Prophetic books of Old Testament
    • 225 New Testament
    • 226 Gospels & Acts
    • 227 Epistles
    • 228 Revelation (Apocalypse)
    • 229 Apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, & intertestamental works
  • 230 Christianity
    • 230 Christianity
    • 231 God
    • 232 Jesus Christ & his family
    • 233 Humankind
    • 234 Salvation & grace
    • 235 Spiritual beings
    • 236 Eschatology
    • 237 No longer used—formerly Future state
    • 238 Creeds, confessions of faith, covenants, & catechisms
    • 239 Apologetics & polemics
  • 240 Christian practice & observance
    • 240 Christian moral and devotional theology
    • 241 Christian ethics
    • 242 Devotional literature
    • 243 Evangelistic writings for individuals and families
    • 244 No longer used—formerly Religious fiction
    • 245 No longer used—formerly Hymnology
    • 246 Use of art in Christianity
    • 247 Church furnishings & related articles
    • 248 Christian experience, practice, life
    • 249 Christian observances in family life
  • 250 Christian pastoral practice & religious orders
    • 250 Local Christian church and Christian religious orders
    • 251 Preaching (Homiletics)
    • 252 Texts of sermons
    • 253 Pastoral office and work (Pastoral theology)
    • 254 Parish administration
    • 255 Religious congregations & orders
    • 256 No longer used—formerly Religious societies
    • 257 No longer used—formerly Parochial schools, libraries, etc.
    • 258 No longer used—formerly Parochial medicine
    • 259 Pastoral care of families, of specific groups of people
  • 260 Christian organization, social work, & worship
    • 260 Christian social and ecclesiastical theology
    • 261 Social theology and interreligious relations and attitudes
    • 262 Ecclesiology
    • 263 Days, times, places of religious observance
    • 264 Public worship
    • 265 Sacraments, other rites & acts
    • 266 Missions
    • 267 Associations for religious work
    • 268 Religious education
    • 269 Spiritual renewal
  • 270 History of Christianity
    • 270 History, geographic treatment, biography of Christianity
    • 271 Religious congregations and orders in church history
    • 272 Persecutions in church history
    • 273 Doctrinal controversies and heresies in general church history
    • 274 Christianity in Europe
    • 275 Christianity in Asia
    • 276 Christianity in Africa
    • 277 Christianity in North America
    • 278 Christianity in South America
    • 279 Christianity in Australasia, Pacific Ocean islands, Atlantic Ocean islands, Arctic islands, Antartica
  • 280 Christian denominations
    • 280 Denominations and sects of Christian church
    • 281 Early church & Eastern churches
    • 282 Roman Catholic Church
    • 283 Anglican churches
    • 284 Protestant denominations of Continental origin & related body
    • 285 Presbyterian churches, Reformed churches centered in America, Congregational churches
    • 286 Baptist, Restoration Movement, Adventist churches
    • 287 Methodist churches; churches related to Methodism
    • 288 No longer used—formerly Unitarian
    • 289 Other denominations & sects
  • 290 Other religions
    • 290 Other religions
    • 291 No longer used-formerly Comparative religion
    • 292 Classical religion (Greek & Roman religion)
    • 293 Germanic religion
    • 294 Religions of Indic origin
    • 295 Zoroastrianism (Mazdaism, Parseeism)
    • 296 Judaism
    • 297 Islam, Bábism & Bahá'í Faith
    • 298 No longer used—formerly Mormonism
    • 299 Religions not provided for elsewhere

Popular Reading Collection - NEW! -

The library now features a Popular Reading Collection, located on the first floor in front of the Circulation desk and the elevator. While not essential to research, these titles do provide quality entertainment when you need a break from writing "that paper." There are three different categories, defined by colored tape on the spine:

  • Yellow - Fiction
  • Pink - Non-Fiction (biographies, factual interests)
  • Green - Graphic Novels (comic books)

You can check them out, then "check them out" at the Circulation Desk.

Ebooks

The following are collections of full text electronic books available to you through your library. For instructions or assistance viewing or downloading, click on the "help" box in each collection:

Streaming Videos

The following databases contain streaming videos. Both are chock full of educational, as well as entertaining, films and clips.

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