Religion and Philosophy Guide

Villa Maria College Library

The journal articles you need for your assignments can be found in our online databases.

The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.

Articles not available in full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help with ILL.

Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.

Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs

The library's online catalog, Alexandria, can be used to find both books and ebooks.

Books in the standard collection may be borrowed for three weeks. Books placed on reserve by your professor will have a shorter loan period. Books not available from the library can be borrowed through AcademicSHARE or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help. To find items held by Villa and other libraries, try WorldCat.

Don't forget your Villa Maria College ID card to check out books!


Search for ebooks directly:


Find current and archived journals in the South Room in the library. Print journals can be borrowed for one week. Some additional titles are also available for single issues and archives.

  • St. Anthony Messenger (for online access, contact the library)
  • US Catholic

Online Encyclopedias

With quick, factual questions or to get a basic overview of a topic, try an encyclopedia:

Britannica Online

Encyclopedia Mythica

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Additional Resources

American Academy of Religion

Associated with the Luce Center at Emory University, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) works to expand the understanding of and critical reflection on religion across the world, while promoting the professional interests of students, teachers and scholars.

American Philosophical Association

The national professional organization in support of the discipline and profession of philosophy, the APA is a resource for publications, career information and events.

Wabash Center: Religion on the Web

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion provides an annotated guide offering electronic resources on a wide variety of topics dealing with religion, ethics and philosophy. Don't miss the Bible Online Reference Works.