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World Religions Online

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An Unbiased, Comprehensive Guide to the World's Major Religions and Spiritual Traditions

From the beginnings of human history, societies and cultures have established themselves around religious and spiritual practices. Religion has affected decisions personal and political, local and global, and continues to play an important role in the lives of individuals and in the cultures of nations. World Religions Online explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today.

Ideal for research and study in the library and classroom, this user-friendly online resource features an easy-to-navigate interface, allowing users to browse core articles by religion. Topic Centers focus on the world's major religions and traditional spiritual practices, quickly guiding users to important topics, spiritual leaders, information on sacred texts, and holy days and festivals. These landing pages also feature a timeline and a fact file, as well as a video gallery, an image gallery, and a calendar of holidays and observances.


  • Thorough Coverage: thousands of reference entries on the beliefs, practices, and history of religions across the world, including new and alternative religions
  • Unique Topic Centers: clearly organized, informative introductory pages focusing on 11 major religions and featuring links to core essays, fact files, timelines, image and video galleries, and more; the perfect starting point for research
  • Authoritative Content: edited by academics and specialists from leading departments of religious studies
  • Holidays and Observances Calendar
  • Video and Image Galleries: engaging iPad/mobile-friendly videos and images arranged in easy-to-use galleries, bringing to life spiritual traditions from around the world
  • Authoritative Source List: full and partial text from a wealth of proprietary print titles.


  • Overview essays, biographies, and entries on key topics and terms
  • Image galleries, including full-color photographs and original maps
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Search Assist technology
  • Persistent record links
  • List of contributors to the database
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats.

--------- World Religions Online Facts On File 04/01/2011

"This polished and image-intensive resource will appeal to student researchers and general browsers alike. Whether looking for basic factual information for comparative purposes, conducting in-depth research, or searching for supplemental audio and video support material, users will appreciate the ease of access, breadth and depth of coverage, and high-quality visuals. Recommended for public libraries and collections that serve secondary and undergraduate students."


"...very useful for students, teachers, and librarians. Young researchers can use it to find in-depth coverage or for quick facts."

American Reference Books Annual

"The site is appealing, interesting, and appears without bias...The information here is far superior to information one is likely to find on the free web...Recommended."

Library Media Connection

"...well-organized and intuitive for both novice and experienced researchers...a well conceived and executed resource, providing a wealth of basic information..."

Reference Reviews

"...the excellent image and video collections make World Religions Online a unique and valuable database for classroom teaching...Recommended."


18th Annual Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)

- The ComputED Gazette

"Best Databases" in the "Best for High Schoolers" category

- Library Journal