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A Guide to Religious Studies

Sourcebooks for Myths

Burge, Ryan P. 20 myths about religion and politics in America (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2022) - 

Loewen, James W. Lies my teacher told me: Everything American history textbooks get wrong (New York: The New Press, 2019) -

Zakaras, Alex. The Roots of American Individualism: Political Myth in the Age of Jackson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022) - just the introduction defines the myth

Kevin M. Kruse & Julian E. Zelizer, eds. Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past (NY: Basic Books, 2023) - wait for it...

Malik, Nesrine. We need new stories: The myths that subvert freedom (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2021).

Rank, Mark R., Eppard, Lawrence M., and Bullock, Heather E. Poorly understood: What America gets wrong about poverty (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2021).

Pierce, Jason. Daily life in the American West (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2022).


Basic Facts on Politics/Current Events

CQ Researcher (1991- ) 44 original, comprehensive reports and analyses on issues in the news. Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week, featuring comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue. Each single-themed report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist, footnoted and professionally fact checked. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview, which poses and addresses relevant questions; a background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; a pro/con debate by representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.



Academic Journal Article Databases



Academic Search Complete covers topics in most areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.. Full-text provided for over 10,000 publications, with over 7,850 peer-reviewed. Abstracts and indexing available for over 13,780 journals in the collection.includes full-text. 


Anthropology - Anthropology Plus

Business - Business Source Complete

Economics - EconLit with Full Text

Education - Education Full Text 

Film Studies - Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

Gender & Sexuality Studies - Gender Studies Database & LGBTQ+ Source 

Health, Global - Global Health (1973- )  and Global Health Archive (1912-1983) 

History, U.S. - America: History & Life

History, World - Historical Abstracts 

Literature Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography

PsychologyAPA PsycArticles APA PsycInfo 

Religion American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Religion

SociologySocINDEX with Full Text 


African-American Studies Black Studies Center 

ArtARTbibliographies ModernArtforum Archive (1962-2020)Arts Premium Collection, & International Bibliography of Art

EducationEducation Database 

Performing Arts - Entertainment Industry Magazine ArchiveFilm Index InternationalMusic Periodicals Database, and Performing Arts Periodicals Database 

Social Sciences (public health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics) - Applied Social Sciences Index and AbstractsInternational Bibliography of the Social SciencesPAIS IndexPolitical Science Database, Social Science Database, Sociology, Sociological Abstracts, and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 

Gender & Sexuality Studies - GenderWatch

JSTOR - is a digital library founded in 1995 originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now encompasses books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals in the humanities and social sciences. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journal titles,12 million journal articles, in more than 75 disciplines. 

Google Scholar - the world's largest single index of academic journal articles

Primo - searches WUSTL holdings across multiple databases (book catalog, journal databases, newspapers, etc.) 

Primary Sources



American Religion: Denominational Newspapers 

Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922

Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century & African American Newspapers (20th century)

Historical American Newspapers

Early Hebrew Newspapers

Historical Jewish Press 

Ethnic Newswatch


PressReader - Full-color, full-page collection of today's newspapers from around the world, providing instant access to 1000+ newspapers from 82 countries in 39 languages. For most papers, only the most current 60 days are available.

New York Times - Archive - (9/14/1857 - three years ago) in New York Times, Historical; 6/1/1980 to present in Factiva or Nexis UniPersonal account - See the NYT Libguide to activate your access

Wall Street Journal - Archive - (7/8/1889 - 12/31/2010) in ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Wall Street Journal; 6/13/1979 to Present in FactivaPersonal account - via Single Journals (Log in with your WUSTL key and create an account using your WUSTL email as your user ID.)



MAS Ultra (1975 - ) - Full text for more than 700 popular magazines like the Atlantic, Ebony, Harper's, Ladies' Home Journal, The Nation, National Geographic, Newsweek, PC News, Time, U.S. Catholic, U.S. News & World Report, Vegetarian Times, Washington Monthly, etc.


Other Media

Nexis Uni contains more than 15,000 news, legal and business sources, including journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs; local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives