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Find Books in Bailey/Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on Religion. For a more detailed breakdown of the Library of Congress (LC) "B" classification, go to the LC Classification Outline for Philosophy and Religion.

BL : Religions. Mythology BQ : Buddhism BS : The Bible
BP : Islam. Bahaism BR : Christianity BX : Christian Denominations

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 2nd floor. Call Number ranges BL-BX (Religion and Mythology).
Reference Books (main/1st floor):  ROW 2

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Find a useful book in the stacks? Browse in that area to discover other books that might be useful.

Find Books by Subject

Use Library of Congress Subject Headings* in the  Library Catalog to locate books on your topic. Click image below (live link!) to be brought to the Browse search function in CATQuest.

These are some examples of Library of Congress subject headings on religion and philosophy:

religion buddhism confucianism
theology buddhism sacred books philosophy confucian
christianity buddhist philosophy philosophy chinese
church history hinduism taoism
judaism hinduism sacred books taoism sacred books
bible o.t. (also, bible n.t.) philosophy indic shinto
talmud india religion philosophy japanese
islam dharma japan religion
asia religion south asia religion east asia religion
koran zen buddhism sacred books
caribbean area religion    

TIP When viewing the list of subject headings on the screen after performing a search, note the additional subject headings provided that will lead to additional materials.

Find Books by Keyword

CATQuest Advanced Search

Use a Keyword search in the CATQuest Advanced Search to search topics that are complex with multiple concepts or if you are unsure of the Library of Congress Subject Heading. A keyword search finds the term anywhere in the library catalog record. When you do a keyword search, be sure to look at the subject headings used to describe this topic and then also search by the correct Library of Congress Subject Heading.


  • Limit entire search to "Library Catalog."
  • To force a phrase, use the pull-down menu for the "contains" box to choose "phrase."
  • When connecting words with  "and" or  "or," use uppercase letters (i.e., AND  OR)
  • To limit your search to books in your results list, select "Books" from the pull-down list in the Resource Type category.
  • To broaden your search, use the truncation symbol * at the end of the word or root word to retrieve variant endings.example: feminis* --> feminist, feminists, feminism

Sample Search in Advanced Search - Library Catalog limit: