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Using Oxford Handbooks Online

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This guide will cover using Oxford Handbooks Online - Religion. Meadville Lombard has access to all Oxford Handbooks Online that cover the study of religion - currently 90 titles - and all are included in the online catalog. Oxford Handbooks are easily discoverable in the catalog, but this guide will introduce useful tips for using Oxford's online reading/searching interface.  


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Why Use Oxford Handbooks Online

Oxford Handbooks Online - Religion contains essays on critical topics and emerging issues in the study of religion, along with complementary essays on Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and cross-cultural thematic studies. They are an excellent starting place for research to lay the groundwork on a particular topic in the study of religion. A search of the online catalog will locate Handbooks based on titles, but then once signed in to the Oxford online interface, all Handbook essays can be accessed individually through keyword searches related to religious traditions, thematic fields, and analytic approaches. 

Handbook Format

A type of reference work, Handbooks provide comprehensive academic overviews of specific topics within a discipline and are comprised of in-depth, high-level articles by scholars of note in the field. Scholarly review articles provide a comprehensive overview of a subject area, as well as authoritative guidance, directing users onto further related content. 

Within the Oxford Handbook online interface, users can browse or review search results at the article level or the Handbook title level - the default is article level, but it's easily switched by selecting the alternative results tab. Viewing results at the article level can be useful as it can provide multiple ways of thinking about the same topic, but from different perspectives depending on the theme of the Handbook the article is part of. Alternatively, viewing results by Handbook title is a good way to instead see the available thematic emphases and decide what high level topic or perspective is appropriate to your research.

Access Oxford Handbooks Online

To get started immediately, select the green "Start Using Oxford Handbooks Online - Religion" button on this page or from the Oxford Handbooks section of the Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Reference Resources guide. Or, navigate to an Oxford Handbook through an online catalog search and following the link out to the Oxford interface. Meadville Lombard students, faculty and staff are then prompted to sign in to Oxford using their Populi login information. If you are already signed in to Populi or a library service that uses those login credentials, you may be automatically signed in to Oxford.

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