Use the resources recommended in the box below to get started by doing background research on possible topics. Encyclopedias such as these will give you brief, widely accepted explanations of different people, concepts, texts, and other things. Knowing more about the background of your topic will help you use more effective search terms. It may even let you know about debates surrounding the topic. If you're not sure about your topic, keep an open mind and read shorter encyclopedia entries until you are more certain about what your topic will be.
When you've chosen a topic, click on the menu tab to the left that says "Religious Studies Databases" to search for more in-depth scholarly materials on your research question or focus.