Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Religion/Religious Studies

Last updated May 2020

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in Religion and Religious Studies.

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting. Section 4: Library and Information Resources – 4.2 Contribution to Teaching, Learning, and Research.” ATS General Institutional Standards. Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

2. Related Research

Afdal, Geir. 2008. “Religious Education as a Research Discipline: An Activity Theoretical Perspective.” British Journal of Religious Education 30 (3): 199-210.

Atwood, Thomas A., and Alice Crosetto. 2009. “Religious Studies Collections and Information Literacy: A Snapshot of a University Library.” Journal of Religious & Theological Information 7 (3–4): 133–47. 

Badke, William. 2015. “The Framework for Information Literacy and Theological Education: Introduction to the ACRL Framework.” Theological Librarianship 8 (2): 4–7.

Badke, William. 2012. “Student Theological Research as an Invitation.” Theological Librarianship 5 (1): 30–42.

Brecht, Mara. 2016. “Collaborative Questioning through Digital Media: A Strategy for Catalyzing Student Research ‘Conversations.’” Teaching Theology & Religion 19 (3): 299–308.

Coleman, Anita. 2017. “Using the Anti-Racism Digital Library and Thesaurus to Understand Information Access, Authority, Value and Privilege.” Annual Conference of the American Theological Librarians Association.

Fitchett, Gregory, Alexander Tartaglia, Diane Dodd-McCue, and Patricia Murphy. 2012. “Educating Chaplains for Research Literacy: Results of a National Survey of Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Programs.” Journal Of Pastoral Care & Counseling 66 (1): 1-12.

Gunton, Lyndelle. 2011. “Religious Information Literacy: Using Information to Learn in Church Community.” Australian Library Journal 6 (2): 155-164.

Hauck, Janet. 2015. “Crossroads of Mind and Heart: Incorporating Intellectual Tenacity into an Information Literacy Program.” Christian Librarian 58 (2): 94–101.

Head, Alison J. 2008. “Information Literacy from the Trenches: How Do Humanities and Social Science Majors Conduct Academic Research?College & Research Libraries 69 (5): 427-446.

Jumonville, Anne. 2014. “The Humanities in Process, Not Crisis: Information Literacy as a Means of Low-Stakes Course Innovation.” College & Research Libraries News 75 (2): 84–87

Junior, Nyasha, and Amy Edwards. 2011. “‘There Is a Lot of Junk on the Web!’: Using Web Site Evaluation in an Introductory Religion CourseTeaching Theology & Religion 14 (2): 175–81.

Kamilos, Charles, and Rodney Birch. 2014. “Library Research Instruction for Doctor of Ministry Students: Outcomes of Instruction Provided by a Theological Librarian and by a Program Faculty Member.The Christian Librarian 57 (1): 20-36.

Kapoun, Jim. 2009.  “Library Instruction, Intervention and Immersion: A 5-Year Study of Religion and the Arts.” Journal of Religious & Theological Information 8 (3/4): 145–54.

Lincoln, Timothy D. 2013. “Curricular Information Demand in Theological Degrees: Operationalizing a Key Concept for Library Services.” Journal of Religious & Theological Information 12, (1/2): 13–28.

Lincoln, Timothy D., and Laura M. Lincoln. 2011 “From Intention to Composition: How Seminarians Conceptualize Research.” Theological Librarianship 4 (1): 41–67.

Nyrose, Eric. 2009. “Pursuing Wisdom: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Some Ancient Religious Concepts of Wisdom and Current Notions of Critical Thinking Within Information Literacy.” Journal of Religious & Theological Information 8 (3–4): 128–44

Penner, Katharina. 2009. “Information Behaviour of Theologians: A Literature Review.” Theological Librarianship 2 (1): 67–82.

Ratke, David C. 2011. “Examining History.” In Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies, edited by Bernadette McNary-Zak and Rebecca Todd Peters, 107-118. New York: Oxford University Press.

Shreffler, Stephanie, and Heidi Gauder. “Exercising Research Skills: An Information Literacy Boot Camp for Religious Studies Graduate Assistants.” Journal of Religious & Theological Information 17 (4): 134–44.

Sinclair, Stefanie. 2014. “Digital Literacy in Religious Studies.” DISKUS 14 (July).

Studstill, Randall, and Peggy Cabrera. 2010. “Online Primary Sources in Religious Studies: Active Learning Exercises for Information Literacy Instruction.” Journal Of Religious & Theological Information 9 (3/4): 84-112.

Upson-Saia, Kristi. 2014. “The Capstone Experience for the Religious Studies Major.” Teaching Theology & Religion 16: 3–17.

3. Adaptable Instructional Materials

DeRogatis, Amy. 2009. “A Research Idea Is Hatched.” Teaching Theology & Religion 12 (2): 138–39.

Spomner, Michelle. 2015. “Finding Stuff in the ATLA Religion Database w/ATLAS” (Prezi slide deck with audio). Azusa Pacific University.

Wabash Center. “The Syllabus Collection.” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Zingarelli-Sweet, Desirae. 2017. “Checking Our Baggage: Reflective Primary Text Analysis for Religious Studies.” Community of Online Research Assignments.

Zingarelli-Sweet, Desirae. 2015. “Citation Mapping for Religious Studies.” Community of Online Research Assignments.