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Christian Ministries Resources

Background Reading

One way to find reference material on a particular religion is to browse the Reference Collection.  Some good places to start are:

  • 266 Missions

290 Other & comparative religions

  • 291 Comparative religion
  • 292 Classical (Greek & Roman) religion
  • 293 Germanic religion
  • 294 Religions of Indic origin
  • 295 Zoroastrianism (Mazdaism, Parseeism)
  • 296 Judaism
  • 297 Islam, Bábism & Bahá'í Faith

You may also find it helpful to browse the encyclopedias for the region in which the religion is most actively practiced:

  • 940 General history of Europe
  • 950 General history of Asia; Far East
  • 960 General history of Africa
  • 970 General history of North America
  • 980 General history of South America
  • 990 General history of other areas
    • 993 General history of other areas; New Zealand
    • 994 General history of other areas; Australia
    • 995 General history of other areas; Melanesia; New Guinea
    • 996 General history of other areas; Other parts of Pacific Polynesia
    • 997 General history of other areas; Atlantic Ocean islands


You have access to a wide variety of titles because of the sharing agreement Northwestern has with seven other college and university libraries in the Twin Cities area.  Be sure to begin your research early so that you can take advantage of this wide variety of resources. Search on Library Search for applicable books using keywords associated with your research interest. 

Example searches include:

  • "general revelation"- what happens to those who have died without hearing the gospel message?
  • apologetics
  • comparative religions
  • 10 40 window

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