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Religion: Home

Research tools and sources on the subject of religion generally and specific religions


College of the Redwoods offers several classes in Philosophy, including one course in World Religions (Philosophy 15). While CR does not offer Associate Degrees for either Philosophy or Religion, these classes can help fulfill the requirements for other degree programs, including Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. In addition, many courses are transferrable to the UC and/or CSU systems (check catalog for more details).  

Search Topics and Search Words

Here are some topic ideas and possible search words. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for other ideas. When searching, use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms, and variant spellings. Try varying combinations.

World Religions

  • Baha’i
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Brahma
  • Buddha / Buddhism
  • Dalai Lama
  • Dharma
  • Jainism
  • Kali
  • Mahabharata
  • Meditation
  • Reincarnation
  • Shinto  
  • Shiva
  • Tantra
  • Tibet / Tibetan Buddhism
  • Vishnu
  • Yoga


  • Atonement
  • Bar mitzvah or Bat mitzvah
  • Bible / biblical
  • Catholic
  • Christianity
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Gospels
  • Heaven
  • Hell
  • Israel
  • Jehovah
  • Jerusalem
  • Jesus Christ / Jesus of Nazareth
  • Kabbalah
  • Mishna
  • Moses
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Orthodox
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Passover
  • Pentecostal  
  • Prophets
  • Protestant
  • Rabbi
  • Reform Judaism
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Synagogue
  • Talmud
  • Temple Mount
  • Theology
  • Torah
  • Vatican
  • Wisdom literature
  • Yom Kippur


  • Allah
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Five Pillars
  • Hadith
  • Islam
  • Koran
  • Last Prophet
  • Mecca
  • Medina
  • Mosque
  • Muhammad
  • Pilgrimage
  • Qur’an / Quran
  • Ramadan
  • Sharia / Sharia law
  • Shi’ite
  • Sufi or Sufism
  • Sunni


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Call Numbers for Browsing

College of the Redwoods Library Call Numbers

Books in College of the Redwoods library are filed by the Library of Congress system that uses letter-number combinations assigned by subject, so that most books about the same subject will be filed together on the shelf. HSU Library uses this same system, and so do most colleges and universities in the United States. Browse the titles on the shelf in the sections listed below for research topics on religion.

  • B – Philosophy (General)
  • BD – Speculative philosophy / Hermeneutics
  • BL – Religions. Mythology. Rationalism (includes Hinduism, Shinto, etc.)
  • BM – Judaism
  • BP – Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
  • BQ – Buddhism
  • BR – Christianity
  • BS – The Bible
  • BT – Doctrinal Theology
  • BV – Practical Theology
  • BX – Christian Denomination

Humboldt County Library Call Numbers

Most County, or public libraries in the United States will use the Dewey Decimal system, which uses numbers, and each number section represents a subject, so that books about the same subject are filed together on the shelf. Below are listed some number sections that are relevant to topics for research on religions. Remember to also check the Juvenile or children's collection, the YA or Young Adult collection, and the Reference collection.

  • 200 Religion
  • 210 Philosophy & theory or religion
  • 220 The Bible
  • 230–230.7 Christianity & Christian theology
  • 231–239 Christianity & Christian theology
  • 240 Christian practice & observance
  • 250 Church pastoral practice & religious orders
  • 260 Church organization, social work & worship
  • 270 History of Christianity
  • 280 Christian denominations
  • 291–295 Comparative religion; Religions other than Christianity
  • 294.3 Buddhism
  • 296 Judaism
  • 297 Islam, Babism, Bahai Faith
  • 299 Other religions
  • 305.6 Religious groups
  • 322.1 Religious organizations & groups