Library and Technology Resources
Computer literacy is assumed on the part of graduate students, and the university sometimes offers non-credit classes for beginners. Students are expected to utilize word processing, e-mail, and the internet as a matter of course. Communication by e-mail between students and/or between students and professors is employed pedagogically in several Religion and Culture classes; so is the use of local list servers. Online research is part of the instruction in the research seminars required of all doctoral students.
Information Technology Website
UW students have access to state of the art computers, printers, scanners, training programs, as well as advice and assistance in the many computer labs operating throughout the university. The Religious Studies office is located in the PAS (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology) building, which houses four such labs housing 68 computers.
Office space for graduate teaching assistants is usually available on the third floor of the Woods Building. In addition, a computer room reserved for graduate students is also available on the fifth floor.
At Waterloo office space is currently available in the PAS (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology) Building. The offices are located on the first floor (PAS 1088, PAS 1091 and PAS 1093). Occasionally, office space may be available in some of the church colleges as well.
The Laurier Library's collection includes some 50,625 monographs relevant to religious studies. There are 65 current print serials paid for by the religious studies library fund. The library provides access to over 4,000 full text journals in electronic format, of which 46 are grouped under the subject heading Religious Studies. Among the major journal subscriptions are Religion, Religious Studies Review, Religious Studies, Journal of Religious Thought, Journal of Ritual Studies, Current Anthropology, Buddhist Studies Review, Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Religion, and Studies in Religion.
The University of Waterloo's religious studies collection is housed in the Dana Porter Library. It includes some 33,763 monographs relevant to religious studies. An additional 21,243 monographs relevant to religious studies researchers are located in the libraries of the UW-affiliated church colleges. There are 53 current print serials paid for by the UW Arts Faculty Religious Studies library fund and 350 current serials of interest to religious studies on the UW campus. The UW Library provides access to close to 7,000 full text journals in electronic format, of which 67are grouped under the subject heading Religious Studies.
The combined collections of the two universities currently support graduate-level research in religious diversity in contemporary North America. Through the unified catalogue, TRELLIS, which contains records for all library materials in the Tri-University Group, students and faculty at UW and WLU have immediate access to the library resources of the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the UW-affiliated church colleges, Conrad Grebel College and the University of St. Jerome's. Materials can be requested electronically through the TRELLIS catalogue and are delivered within 1-2 business days.
The Tri-University Group of Libraries collection includes some 122,549 monographs relevant to the study of religion. There are 547 current print serials in subject areas of interest to religious studies researchers.
The interlibrary loan/document delivery services of the UW and WLU libraries assist students and faculty in obtaining books, journal articles, patents, and theses from institutions in Canada and abroad. Currently the libraries absorb all costs except for the purchase of reports, patents, and standards.
Faculty and graduate students from UW and WLU may borrow directly from university libraries in Ontario, Québec and the western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) under direct borrowing agreements.
At WLU computer literacy is assumed on the part of graduate students, and the university sometimes offers non-credit classes for beginners. Students are expected to utilize word processing, e-mail, and the internet as a matter of course. Communication by e-mail between students and/or between students and professors is employed pedagogically in several Religion and Culture classes; so is the use of local list servers. Online research is part of the instruction in the research seminars required of all doctoral students.