Not One, but Three Remarkable Reviews for Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions

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Looking for a way to support researchers’ knowledge of religious groups in North America? Look no further! Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions provides students and the general public alike with coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada. With the culmination of more than forty years of research, you won’t be surprised by what reviewers had to say:

Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions has been a staple in religious reference for more than 30 years. The oversized, one-volume eighth edition of 2009 has been substantially updated and split in two. The much larger volume 1 is devoted to the U.S.; volume 2, almost entirely to Canada. In total, more than 2,300 religious entities receive entries, 380 of which are brand new. Nearly 90-percent of the content of the 2009 edition has been revised or updated. . . Simply put, the Encyclopedia of American Religions continues to have no serious rivals when it comes to scope and authority.”

— Booklist, February 2017


“This work continues to deserve its place as one of the standard reference tools found in all public and academic library collections. No other work exists that provides such comprehensive coverage of active and defunct religious groups in North America than this resource.”

American Reference Books Annual, Spring 2017


“The work remains a worthwhile addition to all academic or public library reference collections.”

—CHOICE, May 2017

 Features and Benefits:
  • 26 chapters on major religious families, each with an introductory essay followed by directory entries.
  • Over 2,300 entries for existing religious groups, and over 800 defunct groups listed.
  • New Alphabetical Listing of Organizations joins the Defunct Organizations, Geographical Listing of Organizations, and Index to give the readers multiple ways to access the content.
  • Nearly 40 statistical tables and maps draw on the latest census by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
  • Chapter chronologies provide an “at a glance” view of the development of each religious family in history.

What’s New:

  • This edition expands the work to two volumes, reflecting increased Canadian coverage.
  • The set is extensively updated from the previous edition, with almost twice as many new entries added and twice as many existing entries verified or updated.
  • This edition now includes an Alphabetical Listing of Organizations to give users a new way to search the content.
  • The inclusion of unique entry numbers for each religious group in this edition also makes the content easier to access.


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