These titles offer short (usually 1-2 page) articles on various persons, topics, events, and concepts. They are arranged alphabetically, and provide concise introductions to important topics in a particular discipline, and a selected bibliography of the most important works for further study.
This is not an exhaustive list of religion-related Reference and circulating materials, but some of the best LRC holdings for theology projects.
Start with the subject-specific dictionary or encyclopedia that is most focused and relevant to your particular topic, subdiscipline, era, or person. For example, if writing on Benedict of Nursia, begin with the Encyclopedia of Monasticism or the Dictonary of the Middle Ages rather than the Encyclopedia of Christianity. Generally, when a work is more narrowly focused, it provides a deeper level of information for each entry.
Subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias accomplish two very important things for researchers:
When you pick your topic, be sure to search the library catalog for "handbooks," "companions," "dictionaries," and "encyclopedias" that relate to your topic.