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Philosophy and Religion Research Guide

Articles & Databases

Articles & Databases

Find Articles on Philosophy or Religion


Others to Consider

Video Databases

Swank Motion Pictures, a limited collection of feature and documentary films.

Films on Demand Academic** - available until June 1, 2020

Sage Research Methods Video**- available until June 15, 2020

Sage Video Library**- available until June 15, 2020

** designates complimentary and/or enhanced access in response to COVID-19


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Distinguishing scholarly journals from other periodicals 

Find journals by title

Video: How to Read a Scholarly Article A tutorial with good tips on how to more efficiently read a scholarly article. Brought to you by Western Libraries.


Books in the CSUMB Library


Use OneSearch to look for books on your topic.

Click on the links below for a partial list of books and videos at CSUMB on:


Epistemology/Theory of Knowledge - Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as ‘theory of knowledge’



Ontology--Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality

Political Philosophy


Or browse the library shelves for relevant books

Call numbers and corresponding subject collections:

Philosophy/Ethics Religion
B  Philosophy (General) BL   Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
BC   Logic BM  Judaism
BD   Speculative philosophy BP   Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
BH   Aesthetics BR   Christianity
BJ    Ethics BQ   Buddhism
  BS   The Bible
  BX   Christian Denominations



Books At Other Libraries

Books At Other Libraries

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use CSU+ Resource Sharing (a service integrated into OneSearch) for ordering books and media held at other CSUs and the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using MOBAC regional catalogs, Melvyl, or WorldCat.


Websites on Philosophy and Religion


American Philosophical Association - The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the  United States, supports research and discovery of scholars and offers  a research library of manuscripts and other collections including access to their digital collections as well as subject guides and bibliographies

Internet Archive - Philosophy - Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, websites, and more.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy IEP General editors and over 20 area editors gather articles by qualified authors. Includes e-mail addresses of authors.

Memrise - Philosophy - Offers short, interactive video resources on a variety of philosophical topics 

Philosophy Pages For the Western Philosophical tradition, including a dictionary, a history, and a timeline.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Contains nearly 1600 entries online. From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field.


Ethics in America - Annenberg Learner video series that teaches moral reasoning by examining ethical dilemmas 

Ethics in America II - Part two of the Annenberg Learner video series.

On Being - An NPR conversation led by Krista Tippett on religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.



ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives) - Free, easy to use resource that compiles information about religion and many other social topics from the census and other sources

Websites on Religion (WOR)” LibGuide - The Atla Websites on Religion LibGuide is an annotated collection of web resources for the study of religion.

BBC: Religions - Excellent resource for information on a large variety of religions.
Center for Jewish History - A partnership of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history, and art: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Hinduism Resources - Extensive index of links to websites on Vedic wisdom & culture, its intellectuals & political activists, organizations & educational institutions, devotees & opponents.

Internet Sacred Texts Archive - Free archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources - Hosted by a University of Georgia professor of religion, a resource on "Islam and the Diverse Perspectives of Muslims." Has links to videos, articles, books, and other sources. Its contents provide "a comprehensive scholarly approach to understanding Islam in the twentieth century."

Patheos - Content is designed to engage users in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs.

Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life - Contains current research and analysis focused on religion and how it impacts issues in public life and trends in the world. 

Religion Facts - Information on a large variety of religions.

Religion Online - Religion Online is designed to assist teachers, scholars and general "seekers" who are interested in exploring major world religion issues. An extensive library of resources, representing many different points of view, but all written from the perspective of sound scholarship.

Resources for and about Muslim Women - Section of the website. Also has information on other Islam-related topics
Sakyadhita: The International Association of Buddhist Women - Provides a communications network for Buddhist women internationally that promotes research and publications on Buddhist women's history and other topics of interest

Virtual Religion Index - A digital index of concepts, names, events, etc. associated with individual religious backgrounds and belief systems.