The main shelf numbers for Religious Studies books are:
210 Philosophy and theory of religion
221 Old Testament
225 New Testament
240 Christianity moral and devotional theology
250 Local Christian church and Christian religious orders
260 Christian social and ecclesiastical theology
270 Church history
280 Denominations and sects of Christian church
290 Comparative religion and religions
291 Comparative religion
292 Religions other than Christianity
293 Germanic religion
294 Religions of Indic origin
299 Other Religions
299.6 African Religion
306.6 Religious Institutions
You can get to our databases from www.lib.uct.ac.za and mousing over Search & Find and selecting Databases.
Databases for your subject
The main database of specific interest to Religious Studies is the ATLA Religion DB + ATLAS 1949+
You might also be interested in the African Christianity Bibliography. The African Christianity Project CD-ROM was published in December 1998. It contains an author listing of over 10,000 records from the African Christianity Bibliography together with the full text of more than 200 documents selected from archive and unpublished material held in the link institutions. This CD is available from a stand-alone workstation in the African Studies Library. These are some other very popular databases which might interest you:
PRIMO: the Basics of Survival
PRIMO is a tool for searching across the UCT library book catalogue as well as a selection of our databases of full text journal articles, all with one query.
You can find it on the library homepage at www.lib.uct.ac.za
In this example I am looking for a particular book – Hard Times, by Charles Dickens
This quick and dirty search brings up the print and online copies that we have of Hard Times, as well as books about Hard Times.
Clicking on the TITLE of the top record takes me to the records for the printed books and gives me the shelf number so I can find them on the shelves:
The shelf number works like a street address – just follow the numbers up or down until you get to the address you want. Shelf numbers keep related books together, so once you have found your book, it is often useful to browse the books on either side of it as well.
In fact, you don’t even have to physically be in the library to do it… If you again click on the title of one of the results, you will be taken to the full record for the book – which has a virtual browse option – so you can see all its neighbouring books…. You never know what you will discover that way.
On the search screen you can use a drop-down arrow to search only for electronic journal articles or electronic books or reference works.
In this example, the top three results are for an electronic encyclopaedia entry, an electronic book, and an electronic journal article:
If I click on the title of the article, I will be taken to a full record for the article, and a link to the database on which it lives:
And so to download the article:
The record also shows me how to cite the book or article – which I will need to do if I am going to use it in an essay:
Or, even better, it allows me to send the record to a program like RefWorks or Endnote, which does my citing for me, automatically, at the touch of a button….
The left hand side of the screen has all sorts of options for refining or restricting your results:
The most useful are probably Peer-reviewed Journals (the most respectable journals, I which every article is vetted by other academics), Subject or Resource type:
If you are getting too many results – and PRIMO can bring up a lot of results – you can use an Advanced Search to search more precisely:
And if you are looking for a very specific book, journal or article – for example from a reading list - PRIMO has a Find By Citation form which can help you find exactly that reference:
Just put in as much information as you have on the reference:
Shaffer, P., 1998. Gender, poverty and deprivation: evidence from the Republic of Guinea. World Development, 26(12), pp.2119-2135.
And this will bring it up in both print and electronic versions:
And clicking on the full text or database link will take you to it.
PRIMO: some advanced tricks
It is possible to create very precise searches just using keywords.
The trick is to combine them with Boolean Operators, wildcards and brackets. Most of our databases, including our library catalogue, take Boolean operators.
Consider this search string:
(child* OR wom?n OR gender) AND poverty AND Africa* NOT “African American”
The * is a wildcard – it calls up anything that follows the root “child” – so it will being up child and children or childhood……
The ? is a mid-word wildcard – calls up women and woman…
The OR expands you options – women or gender must come up in the results, it doesn’t matter which….
The (brackets) keep the OR words together and relate them to the AND which follows – otherwise the search would call up anything to do with women, regardless of whether it had to do with poverty and Africa….
Any words linked with AND must be included in the search results - OR broadens a search, AND tightens it.
NOT excludes a term. Be careful of this. First search without it, to get an idea of what you are missing.
“Inverted commas” enclose a precise phrase.
To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in PRIMO, you must enter them in CAPITAL LETTERS, otherwise PRIMO ignores them.
You can restrict the search to electronic journal articles or electronic books only, using the drop down arrow – useful if you are off-campus.
Although most of our journals are electronic nowadays, you may still find yourself needing a printed journal.
These are some of our print journals in Religious Studies.
· Arabica 492.705 ARA
· Catholic Bible Quarterly 220.05 CAT
· Commentary (American Jewish Committee) 296.05 COM
· Concilium 205 CON
· First Things 291.1705 FIR
· Harvard Theological Review 230.5 HAV
· History of Religions 200.5 HIS
· Islam and Christian Muslim Relations 297.19720 ISL
· Islamic Law and Society 297.905 ISL
· Islamic Quarterly 297.05 ISL
· Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 200.5 JOU
· Journal for the Study of Religion 200.5 REL
· Journal of Biblical Literature 220.5 JOU
· Journal of Black Theology in South Africa 230.05 JOU
· Journal of Contemporary Religion 291.05 JOU
· Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 291.1705 JOU
· Journal of Law and Religion 340.05 JOU
· Journal of Religion 200.5 JOU
· Journal of Religion in Africa 205 JOU
· Journal of Religious Ethics 291.505 JOU
· Journal of Religious Thought 200.5 JOU
· Journal of the American Academy of Religion 205 AME
· Journal of Theological Studies 230.5 JOU
· Modern Theology 200 MOD
· Muslim World 297.05 MUS
· Neotestamentica 225.05 NEO
· New Testament Abstracts R 225.05 NEW
· New Testament Studies 225.05 NEW
· Numen 205 NUM
· Religion 205 REL
· Religion and American Culture 306.605 REL
· Religion and Literature 809.05 REL
· Religious Studies 200.5 REL
· Religious Studies Review 205 REL
· Scriptura 220.05 SCR
· Semeia 220.605 SEM
· Signs 305.405 SIG
· Sociology of Religion 306.605 SOC
· Soundings 001.305 SOU
· Studia Islamica 297.05 STU
· Theology Today 205 THE
· Welt des Islams 297.05 WEL