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Locate Books in 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 on Religion and Mythology (Call #s BL-BX) that may be checked out of the Library are on the 2nd floor.  Reference Books (main/1st floor) are in ROW 2 and are non-circulating.  Browse the Stacks: Find a useful book in the stacks? Browse in that area to discover other books that might be useful.

Use the Library Catalog to Search for Books in the Library

The Library Catalog locates books, journals (not articles), microfilm, dvds, cds, and U.S. documents (1976->) owned by the UVM Libraries. There are two versions of the catalog:
CATQuest version and the Classic Library Catalog. Each version has its advantages and disadvantages.
Because the CATQuest search box is front and center on the Library homepage, find instructions for using the CATQuest version below. If something confuses you, use the Classic Library Catalog. To find this link on the Library homepage, click the "Research" link at the top of the page and find the link in the "FIND" column.

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.

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:

Books Beyond Howe Library

Enrich your research by searching for books beyond the UVM Libraries.

In addition to the databases above, consider:
Book Reviews: Article databases frequently index book reviews. If you find a review (or citation for a review) for a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.
Bibliographies:  Scholarly journal articles, scholarly encyclopedia essays, and academic-oriented books will provide bibliographies or lists for further reading. If you find a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan. These are indeed the "low hanging fruit" during the research process!