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Spirituality Resource Guide
Sections include: Baha'i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, More faiths and spiritual studies (Blogs, Comparative Studies, Spirituality News, Practices). Directory from Middletown Thrall Library.
Virtual Reference Works:
Encyclopedias of Religions
These are freely available to members of Middletown Thrall Library:
Eyewitness Companion: Religion
"From Hinduism to Zoroastrianism, take an in-depth look at all the major global religions, past and present." Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library.
Global Viewpoints: Religion
"This book examines the issue of religion from a variety of international perspectives." Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library.

Web Resources
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
"The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world." Provided by Pennsylvania State University.
The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion
Brief overview and related documents. From the Library of Congress.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Described as an "archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet."
Sacred Texts Online Gallery
"Explore 78 texts online in depth here. Jewish, Christian and Islamic holy books, including some of the world's most precious Hebrew and Christian Bibles and Qur'ans, plus Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian texts." Searchable by faith, theme or origin. Includes text commentaries by curators and audio files. From the British Library.
Spirituality and Religion News
Table of the Major Faiths
Comparing aspects of different religions. From
U.S. State Department: Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom
"The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998."
World Religions
Lists of countries and faiths/relious affliations for each country. From

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