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Most Helpful Databases

These databases will be most helpful for missions research. Journal articles and essays (book chapters) can be found searching these.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Generally good places to begin your research. Provide brief to extensive overviews of topics and sometimes helpful bibliographies.

Online Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed. (2005) Click here to access.
The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

Ref BR 95 .W67 2001
World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World.
Statistics updated in the January issues of International Bulletin of Missionary Research.

Ref BV 2040 .E92 2000
Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. A. Scott Moreau, ed.

Ref BV 2040 .N44
Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission.
1971. Signed articles, includes some non-Christian missions.

Ref BV 3700 .B56 1999
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. 1999
Articles on 2,400 individuals from the post-New Testament period down to the present. Contains bibliographies.

Ref G 133 .L3 1993
Lands and Peoples. A brief introduction to countries, including information about the land, people, economy, and history.

Ref GN 307 .E53x
Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 1991-1995. 10 vols.