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Religious Diversity in the Ancient Mediterranean (RE 120)


Karen Gillum |

Humanities Librarian

Think Strategically

  • Looking up background information first can save you time later - use Credo Reference, the Oxford Classical Dictionary, and other online dictionaries
  • Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in ATLA Religion and other databases listed on the left
  • Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in and then where to look for it.​
    • Ancient texts?
    • Definition of terms?
    • An analytical argument on the validity of an approach, conclusion, or theory?


Keyword Searching --  

Experiment with synonyms

Use asterisks to search for multiple word-forms at once: divin* = divine, divinity, divination 

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "Roman religion"

Try searching the CBB catalog for Companion or Handbook and your keyword. Like this:  Companion  Greek religio*.  

Companions and handbooks can be very helpful in getting oriented to a new area of study. 


Our library catalog. Find books, DVDs & more.  For instance: 
Find in a library with WorldCat
The largest catalog in the world.
Use Subject lines to expand your searches in CBBcat and WorldCat - examples at left!


Sign up for InterLibraryLoan  to request books and articles Colby doesn't own.

An image of the scrolls composing the Tanakh, or the Hebrew bible. 

Books in Print



Examples of Articles from JSTOR & ATLA

  1. "Old Testament Law and Economic Society," Neal Soss, Journal of Historical Ideas.  JSTOR
  2. ''Fabulous Claptrap': Roman Masculinity, the Cult of Magna Mater.....," Jacob A. Latham, Journal of Religion ATLA Religion
  3. "Hagar's Babylonian Captivity: a Roman Re-imagination of Galatians 4: 21-31," Brigitte Kahl. Interpretation  ATLA Religion

NOTE: These are NOT in any sort of proper citation format!

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