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REL 347

This course site will provide you with research resources additional to the Library's Religious Studies research guides. There are three interactive tutorials you must complete under the link Database Tutorials.

Using Stats to Support Your Research

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Provides a report on the size and distribution of the world's Christian population. 
 

Center for the Study of Global Christianity: Contains links to global data.  

 
World Bank's Open Data InitiativeFree and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe provided by the World Bank.
 
World Public OpinionCollaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. 
 
UNData: This page hosts a number of datasets acquired by the UN. There is a wealth of information on countries of the world, such as GDP, poverty rates, and education levels. Of particular note for religion is the study "Population by religion, sex and urban/rural residence" which provides information on religion adherence broken down by both nationality and sex.

International Religious Freedom Report: The International Religious Freedom Report is an annual report issued by the Department of State documenting religious freedom around the world. The report is organized by country and provides a look at how much freedom governments grant to religion.
 
American Religious Identification SurveyFunded by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture, the ARIS surveys the religious affiliations of the American public through direct telephone surveys. In contrast to reports from church leaders or organizations, this methodology makes it a unique study of how people self-identify their religious affiliations.
 
Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion: The Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University is emerging as a popular source for data on religion in America. The ISR conducts many surveys and studies, often in conjunction with large polling organizations such as Gallup. On their website they make available reports on statistics, case studies, and even published works that use their survey data.