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Posts Tagged ‘research’

Updates this Week: Academic Journals

Posted by Pagan Librarian on March 1, 2015

For a little over 3 years now I’ve had a digital list of journals I’ve come across I thought may be relevant. I am finally adding their info here to the site. At the top menu bar of the site there is a link for Bibliographies. On that page will be an growing list of links to be fleshed out over time. A page who’s link is now live and content being added to this week is Academic Journals.

In short, Academic Journals are your go-to place for research: if you’re looking to dig a little deeper into the background, history and “why” of things. Articles are research-based and often peer-reviewed (think: checks and balance system so writers aren’t just ‘making things up’). If you’re in a re-constructionist tradition, these are great sources to build your understanding of the history, geography, influences and philosophies of the culture you are building a connection with.

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Any Pagans on the Stock Exchange?

Posted by Pagan Librarian on September 21, 2010

One of my classes this semester is Business & Industry Information Resources. Just sounds drop dead fascinating, doesn’t it?

Well actually, if you challenge yourself to apply your interests to something, even the oddest combination can make something awesome (think PB & Pickle sandwiches! YUM!)

(Don’t give me that look. I know all y’all have your weird little food combos that you make just for yourself when no one else is around.)

One assignment that’s currently up is following a selection of stocks and mutual funds.  We are to use this week to pick which ones we want to follow.  We have to select 2 stocks that are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and 2 that are traded on the NASDAQ exchange.

Two months ago, my SO decided he would experiment with stocks and has invested in BP, Apple, and something else I can’t remember. It’s been interesting keeping up on their current events in the press and radio and then looking to how (or if) it affects their respective exchanges.  I suppose I could just choose what we’re already experimenting with…

But that would be boring. For me.

So despite what may turn out to be an oxymoron, I’m challenging myself to find out if there are any publicly traded companies that are Pagan owned, of Pagan interest, or Pagan friendly… and naturally, I’m enlisting the help of my readers!

Especially since the only thing I’ve been able to find so far in the last 10 minutes is this:

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Research Proposal: “The Pagan’s Place in Libraries”

Posted by Pagan Librarian on July 30, 2010

Here is the “finished” research proposal for investigating the information needs and information seeking behaviors of Pagans and the role libraries play in these seeking behaviors.

The term “finished” is in quotations because though the proposal as an assignment is done, the research proposal itself as a very real proposal I continue to develop.

I feel like a complete and utter green horn and welcome any and all constructive feedback & criticisms. I will continue to develop the surveys and questionnaires, and plan on making these surveys available here on the site as an online form.

Research Proposal – The Pagan’s Place in Libraries

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“The Pagan’s Place in Libraries” Research Outline

Posted by Pagan Librarian on July 1, 2010

Hullo my precious readers! I apologize for my absence and lack of posting. I have been living under a rock. A rock known as Graduate-School-Three-Jobs-a-Spouse-and-a-House. That being said, to needlessly reassure you, allow me to introduce you to a favorite vocabulary word of mine:



ru·mi·nate [roo-muh-neyt]  -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
1. to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
2. to meditate or muse; ponder.

However I believe my definition to be much more accurate and appropriate:

To think about something so much that you begin to subconsciously believe you’ve already done what you’ve been thinking about.

So you see, I have not forgotten about my blog. Rather, I’ve been thinking about it more than ever… especially as I continue my studies for the Research course at WSU this summer. The big on-going project of the class is developing a research proposal (which I believe I mentioned briefly before) which I have been diligently developing.

Admittedly, lack of posting can also be attributed to being in a quandary about the appropriateness to post my completed school assignments. Maybe it’s the teacher part of me that is so cautious because it feels like I’m posting answers to a test… but I’ve come to the conclusion if I’m just giving you the multiple choice answer sequence a, d, c, c, b, a, e, d, b…. without telling you what answers those selections represent, let alone neglecting to specify which test I’m talking about, well then, maybe we’re fine and I’m over-thinking everything (again).

Besides, seriously, what hand is going to reach out from the internet and slap mine for doing so? Perhaps it is only my imagination.

So today I post for your review, input and feedback my preliminary Outline for Research.

(By the way, I’m totally serious about requesting your input and feedback!)

The Pagan’s Place in Libraries


When entering a library for the first time, one of the first things I want to know is what materials they have available for the Pagans in their community. Often I am disappointed that libraries have rarely collected beyond Greek and Roman mythologies, “popular” titles heavy-handed toward spell craft, or worse yet, absolutely nothing. It has made me wonder: Are Pagans receiving quality consideration and service from their community libraries, or are their unique information needs being overlooked, and why?

A.      Questions to Research

1. If public library collections feature only books on spell craft and ritual, what ideas –or worse yet, misconceptions– does this reinforce for the general public?
2. Is it possible to influence or cultivate the public’s awareness, even receptivity of a group or belief system simply by developing comprehensive collections for Pagan Studies consisting of less “pop” and more scholarly or serious materials?
3. Why are these more dynamic collections not presently available?

a. Is it lack of quality material or awareness?
b. Is it an issue of discrimination as some scholars believe, or are Pagans not making their unique information needs known?

i. If the latter is the case, why is this so?

4. What issues of accessibility do libraries face to provide these materials for practitioners and scholars?


A. The purpose of this research is to investigate:

1. the role of the Library in the information seeking habits of Pagans.
2. how Libraries are currently serving the unique information needs of the Pagan community.

B. The secondary purpose of this research will be to develop a system to analyze and evaluate existing collections and services in public libraries.


A.      Libraries – Very little has been written about libraries with the perspective of Pagan Studies. In my preliminary research, to date, I have only located two articles related to this topic:

1. “The Quandary of Contemporary Pagan Archives” by Garth Reese from the 2007 volumes of The Pomegranate is directly relevant. It is clear through his writing that his research took place by deducing connections between articles about existing religious archives and writings about the Pagan community.
2. “The superstitions in public libraries: alive and well?” by Miroslaw Kruk, which appeared in the November 2001 issue of The Australian Library Journal offers a unique and opinionated perspective focused on responsible and selective collection development. Specifically in regards to materials of “falsehood” that spread or encourage “superstitious” (anti-scientific) beliefs, the author discusses the ethics of information accessibility and to what degree user requests or demands for material should be considered.

B.      Information Seeking Behavior – Still limited, there is material available that touches on the information seeking behavior of Pagans, though these writings concentrate on utilizing personal and community connections and the trend of substantial use of the internet to locate informational resources.


I have determined that this body of research will begin as a broad, exploratory study as this is an area where very little, if any, research has been conducted. Evidence of this comes from a significant lack of literature existing or available on the subject and consulting with authors and scholars in the field. (i)

A.      The Qualitative study method of research will be the method primarily employed, basic (ii)  and qualitative in nature.

B.      Sampling (iii) Two main groups will be sought out in this study: members of the Pagan community and Librarians. It is possible some participants of this study may fall into both categories. If so, this collective will comprise a subgroup; it is hoped these individuals will provide especially interesting insight. Participants for this study will be selected in the following ways:

1.     Snowball Sample – To begin, I will reach out to known individuals in my networks that are either librarians and/or members of the Pagan community. They may, in turn, be able to refer me to others to survey.
2.      Self-Selected Sample – It is expected that a significant number of online participants will be self-selected upon seeing the posted link to the questionnaire in online forums. It is possible that a few offline individuals may hear about the survey by word-of-mouth and may wish to participate.
3.      Purposive Sample – I will also be contacting current existing libraries of Pagan Studies (New Alexandria Library, Circle Library, etc.)

C.      Data Collection – Though continually changing and being developed, data collection will be modeled from the Exploratory Survey method. Several methods of data collection will be used, including:

1.      Questionnaires – The full gamut of questions will be utilized including Factual, Opinion & Attitude, Information, Standards of Action, Behavioral, and Projective. It will include open-ended as well as fixed response questions, checklists and scaled responses. Questionnaires may be administered face-to-face, or electronically being sent via email, or posted as a link that directs participants to a website providing the questionnaire as an online form. The completed online form will send submitted information to a Microsoft Access database.
2.      Interviews – Interviews will take place online and in person. Online forums include WitchVox, MysticWicks, and known Pagan communities on Second Life. Additional online settings may include Facebook, MySpace, CovenSpace, PaganSpace, etc. Correspondence may also take place via email, Skype, or phone conversations. Personal interviews will also be conducted face-to-face with Pagans in the Kalamazoo area.
3.      Observation – Experiences with library staff will also be noted when asking about materials “as a library user” rather than researcher to document any perceivable staff attitudes toward said materials.


[i] In the first week of June, I approached Chas Clifton, editor of The Pomegranate: International Journal of Pagan Studies, asking if my research proposal was an area needing research. He invited me to the PaganStudies listserv on Yahoo! Groups where a significant number of published authors and scholars are members. After posting the same draft I submitted on BlackBoard, I received responses from not only Mr. Clifton, but Dr. Dawn Work-MaKinne  (Librarian, Des Moines Public Library), Dr. Léon van Gulik (Lecturer, Lecturer in Psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands), and Garth Reese (author and Head of Special Collections at the University of Idaho), confirming that this is an area where there is an interest and need for research.
[ii] “Basic research tends to be theoretical in nature and concerns itself primarily with theory construction, hypothesis testing, and producing new, generalizable knowledge.” Powell, Ronald (2004). Chapter 3: Selecting the Research Method. Basic Research Methods For Librarians. 4th edition. pp. 53.
[iii]  “No single formula provides the ‘correct’ sample size for a qualitative study. The depth, complexity, and ‘richness’ of the data are critical, but identifying a representative sample is not even a consideration since the purpose of the research is to understand, not to generalize.” Powell, Ronald (2004). Chapter 7: Qualitative Research Methods. Basic Research Methods For Librarians. 4th edition. pp. 189.

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Exploring Pagans & Libraries in Second Life

Posted by Pagan Librarian on May 31, 2010

You can now find your Pagan Librarian as Foxtayle Vordun on SL! (They had no more "Jessica" names available so I got creative!)

This past Friday, I finally signed up for Second Life.

I say “finally” because you would think I would’ve jumped on this gaming bandwagon when it erupted, what with my drooling admiration for libraries utilizing technology and my own history with Final Fantasy XV and World of Warcraft. (It was when my career as an MLIS student at WSU that I was forced to abandon my level 42 female human Rogue). That darned “Sense of Responsibility” had struck again!

So, piece #1:
I remember hearing all the hullabaloo and awesome noise that was being made way back when in 2006/2007 for libraries coming up with innovative ways to use Second Life as an avenue for outreach to the tech-savvy and gaming generations, creating programs and online reference “Ask a Librarian” services.

But it’s been a while now, and I’m curious to see what the momentum is like

Entrance to Stanford University's SL Library

for libraries in Second Life; if energy is still being invested. On Saturday morning, my first stop in SL was a search for libraries, and the first one I explored was Stanford University’s Libraries. I didn’t see anyone about, but going into their building, there were large boards that displayed photos of each of the different campus libraries of Stanford, and each one of these was a link to that libraries website.

For piece #2:
In my research class, I have to pick a topic for research. Two points of personal criteria arise for me:

  • Criteria #1: I don’t want to pick something that “everyone else” is doing. There are a lot of fantastic “hot topics” and buzzes and trends going on, and I’m not saying that they’re not important, because they are… I just like the challenge of finding something that not many people would think of.
  • Criteria #2: I want to study something that is of personal interest to me, which will help me keep momentum throughout the project.

So naturally, the Pagan Librarian wants to research the role of libraries in the Pagan Community. Or something like that. I’ve submitted my query to my professor to see if this is a topic I can pursue for the project.

Quite honestly, I’m not quite sure how I’m going to go about it, and I have no hypothesis, so this will be a qualitative research project.

What does SL have to do with all of this?

The thought occurred to me that perhaps I could use SL as a way to collect information, to survey and interview online Pagan communities about their attitudes about libraries. Granted, this is a pretty specific demographic; I still aim to interview Pagans in RL (real life) about libraries, too.

I popped onto SL today for just an hour (that’s about all I had to spare), did a search for Pagan communities and teleported to one that appeared near the top of my query results. I walked around until I found some people dancing in the pub and having a good time. Rather than being ignored, I was warmly welcomed. I only got to see so much of the area tonight, but they did mention a having a library, so naturally that’s where I asked to be shown.

Standing inside the SL Pagan Library on Witches Island Community, (78, 152, 706)

It was really quite cool and as a total newbie I am in awe of how everything is “built.”  My guide showed me how to retrieve items from the library. They have it organized by topic per bookcase (Runes, Golden Dawn, Magick, Ancient Astronauts, Pagan Poetry, Celtic Mythology). When you touch a bookcase, a list of “notecards” (materials) therein is listed, and you can select which ones to put into your inventory to read. My guide explained that the materials were all notes based on classes they’ve had, and that there was a specific person in charge of deciding what went into the library.

The whole thing seems like a 3D version of forums and discussion boards. But prettier to look at. 🙂

The fact that the first community I happened to visit had a space organized and dedicated specifically as a library tells me that the concept of libraries may be very relevant and of importance to the Pagan community. Needless to say, I am very excited to start exploring this….

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Developing a Pagan Bibliographic Classification System

Posted by Pagan Librarian on May 13, 2010

Photo courtesy of Homeshoppingspy

Something has been switched on and there are lots of sparks flying between the synapses of my brain. I can’t stop thinking about classification system.

Gawds, I’m a nerd.

After talking with Gaelan the other day and hearing that the Assembly’s librarians were also discussing classification systems, I revisited my own (incomplete) compiled list of relevant subject headings within the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC). [Incomplete because I really only made it up to the 640’s in exploring details, and I didn’t include 000-099 as I should have upon retrospection]

A lot of things are rattling within my brain, so I’ll just spew them out here. In regards to developing a classification system unique to studies in Paganism/Witchcraft:

Need to

  • Expand my familiarity/knowledge/understanding of classification systems currently in existence
  • Go through existing Subject Heading listings and Thesauri
  • Locate or develop a Thesaurus specific to Paganism/Witchcraft (anybody know if there’s anything presently out there?)

Possible Process

  • Could begin with an existing system (e.g. the DDC), maintain the overall structure but rearrange headings within the structure
  • Flesh out gaps left from removing irrelevant headings with new or rearranged subject headings
  • Vocabulary used may change to more accurately reflect materials.


  • What is the process of developing/testing a classification system,  and getting it approved/recognized?
  • If modeled after/inspired from the existing DDC, how to cite?
  • Will having a unique classification system identify gaps in information?
  • If it does, will identifying those gaps drive new research/publication?
  • Will a unique classification system impact trends in
    • information needs
    • research
    • publishing
    • future revisions of existing classification systems
  • Will developing a system of organization (even if only bibliographic) help to solidify or advance the establishment of Paganism?
  • A unique classification system may work well for a non-lending collection, but what about future interests in lending and inter-library loan programs? Would a unique system cause a problem? Would we still need to identify our items anyway through LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) or DDC?
  • Will changing the vocabulary (how words are used and associated with each other) have any impact on how Paganism is perceived or approached?


A unique classification system could help to identify gaps in information presently available and as a result may drive new research. It may also encourage authors to create more specific and involved bodies of work instead of “catch all” titles. (By “catch all,” I mean books that cover a wide and therefore shallow range of topics [e.g. spellcraft, recipes, bits of history, association tables, etc] that may be easy to plunk in a section at a public library, but may pose a challenge to a more specific system.)

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New Alexandrian Library Presses Onward!

Posted by Pagan Librarian on May 12, 2010

I am thrilled to be posting a significant update: The New Alexandrian Library project is alive and well! I was able to make contact with Jim Dickinson (aka Gaelan), who is a founding member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and is heading up the first construction phase of the project.
Our phone conversation provided some exciting and positive updates. Despite the economic downturn (understandably) slowing donations, the funds collected thus far are significant enough to achieve a SOLID START. Amended from the original plan, the Assembly is determined to move forward and break ground on an initial smaller facility, a dome of about 50 feet in diameter. Once up and running, continued funding will allow for further development of a larger campus.
At this time, they are awaiting the architectural plans to be finalized by Monolithic Dome Institute, and are looking forward to breaking ground this autumn, and opening their doors in the spring/summer of 2011. As soon as the final plans are received from Monolithic Dome Institute, they will be scanned and posted to the NAL site.
The collection has been, and continues to be in development. Magazines, newsletters, and journals that have come and gone over the years have been gathered; many books have been donated; valuable pieces of art and a number of historic artifacts including Egyptian statues of Bast are also counted in the acquisitions. A number of well-known authors in the spiritual field have also promised to bequeath their private collections to the library.
The library will not be a lending facility, but a resource center for research. For the first years, access will be available by appointment only, but as funding grows to allow staff, the plan is to expand access.
At present there are two librarians in the Assembly, and already there has been some speculation whether or not a unique classification system will need to be developed once the collection has been moved to the site. (Naturally, this excites me greatly!!!) There is also a firm plan to scan and digitize pieces of the collectiont to make it more accessible. There will eventually be a need for catalogers to help organize the collection, and a web presence will remain a high priority.
In the interim, priority remains on continued fund raising and spreading the word. As mentioned before, the site provides flyers to post and distribute. I am also providing them here. A great thing to do would be to advertise at our local Pagan Pride events and festivals. Hold a Bake Sale! 🙂 Something! Anything! Spread the word!

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New Alexandrian Library Project

Posted by Pagan Librarian on April 29, 2010

For a few years now, there has been a project in the works known as the New Alexandrian Library. It is to be an esoteric library for research (not lending) located in Delaware. Naturally I want to be involved somehow, even if it is long-distance!

I’ve had the site bookmarked for a couple years, and I regularly check back for updates. They had set a goal to raise at least $500,000 by this year (2010), as well as opening their doors. Unfortunately the most recent funding update on the site was as of May last year when they had raised only  $123,874.00 (I say “only,” but that is still an incredible feat in my book!) What gives me hope the project is still going was finding an announcement for a fund-raising event that took place earlier this month (April 3rd) in Pennsylvania.

There are lists of donors, sponsors, and endorsers; there are also pre-made graphics (a button or banner) you can use to link back to their page. They also have flyers in .pdf format that can be printed out to help spread the word. What is also exciting is that they appear vested deep enough in the project as to actually have initial floor plans drawn out and shared on the site.

The the pilot organization Assembly of the Sacred Wheel does have a mailing address and an email address; they also have a Yahoo group (which I joined over a year ago), though the Yahoo group for NAL seems completely inactive.

I sent an email today asking for more details and the status of the project since I am greatly intrigued by NAL’s progress in terms of fund-raising and the depth of their concept development, but it seems to have been such a long time since there have been any informative updates. I’m determined to learn as much as I can about this project, to get in regular verbal contact with people if I can.

If you happen to have any information or know anyone involved in this project, please let me know! You can be sure I will be posting whatever updates I come across as well!

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Pagan Studies Research Collection

Posted by Pagan Librarian on April 27, 2010

Here is the final list submitted to my professor of books I would select with my $1,500 budget (with a given discount of 20%) to start up a collection of research materials for Pagan Studies.

One aspect that made this assignment difficult was trying to understand what a book is about without being able to have a copy to examine (let alone read!). To be sure there are so many fantastic books out there, and I know over time the list will change. Others may have selected differently, and that’s cool. Constructive feedback, insight, and well-thought out opinions are always welcome!

A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States by Berger, Helen (1999). $24.95 ISBN: 9781570032462   Reviews Source: Library Journal Well reviewed collection of documented participant-observation research.

Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age by Pearson, Joanne (2002). $35.00 ISBN: 9780754608202
Review(s): Library Journal Part of an undergrad textbook series, this title received a starred review for “analytical essays” and its plethora of resources.

Between the Worlds: Readings in Contemporary Neopaganism by Reid, Sian (2006). $45.95 ISBN: 9781551303147 Review(s): N/A

Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain by Hutton, Ronald (2009). $45.00 ISBN: 9780300144857 Review(s): Academic Review

Claiming Sacred Ground; Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona by Ivakhiv, Adrian (2001) $24.95 ISBN: 9780253338990 Review(s): Choice Magazine; Publisher’s Weekly; Peer Reviewed

Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual by Bado-Fralick, Nikki (2005) $50.00 ISBN: 9780195166453 Review(s): Choice Magazine; Peer Reviewed.

Contemporary Paganism: Minority Religions in a Majoritarian America by Barner-Barry, Carol (2005). $75.00 ISBN: 9781403964410 Review(s): Peer Reviewed This title discusses the challenges facing the legal and constitutional rights of practitioners of minority religions. Case studies are presented as well as additional resources for further research.

Cults and New Religions: A Brief History by Cowan, Douglas E. (2007).  $31.95 ISBN: 9781405161275 Review(s): Religion Magazine; Reformed Theological Journal; Peer Reviewed

Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans on the Internet by Cowan, Douglas E. (2005). $29.95 ISBN: 9780415969109 Review(s): Peer Reviewed Examines the influence and impact the internet has had in Pagan culture

Drawing Down the Moon by Adler, Margot (2006). $18.00 ISBN: 9780143038191 Review(s): New York Times This book is a well-known staple to Pagan studies as it is the first to survey and research Pagan groups in the United States

The Druids: A History by Hutton, Ronald (2007). $32.95 ISBN: 9781852855338 Review(s): Choice Magazine; Pomegranate

Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-Makers in New Zealand by Rountree, Kathryn (2003). $44.95 ISBN: 9780415303583 Review(s): Journal of the American Academy of Religion The title is misleading in that it does not focus on New Zealand; but compares several regions world-wide.

The Emerging Network: A Sociology of the New Age and Neo-Pagan Movements by York, Michael (1995). $55.95 ISBN: 9780847680009

Encyclopedia of American Religions by Melton, J. Gordon (2009) $399.00 ISBN: 9780787696962 Review(s): N/A

Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism by Lewis, James and Shelley Rabinovitch (2004). $29.95 ISBN: 9780806524078 Review(s): Pomegranate A more indepth and scholarly encyclopedia than Guiley’s Encyclopedia

European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Dowden, Ken (2000). $39.95 ISBN: 9780415120340 Review(s): Peer Reviewed

Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism by Gardell, Mattias (2003). $24.95 ISBN: 9780822330592 Review(s): Publisher’s Weekly; Peer Reviewed Unique perspective on a social/cultural issue

Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America by Clifton, Chas (2006). $23.95 ISBN: 9780759102019 Review(s): Peer Reviewed

Her Voice, Her Faith: Women Speak on World Religions by Sharma, Arvind & Katherine Young (2004). $36.00 ISBN: 9780813342573 Review(s): Publisher’s Weekly; Booklist

Legitimating New Religions by Lewis, James (2003). $22.95  ISBN: 9780813533247 Review(s): Pomegranate

Living Witchcraft by Scarboro, A. & N. Campbell and S. Stave (1994). $103.95 ISBN: 9780275946883 Review(s): N/A Though this is an older title and I did not come by any published reviews, it is relevant and unique because as it is the only work of ethnography of one of the largest open and active coven in the United States.

Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld: An Anthropology by Greenwood, Susan (2000). $39.95 ISBN: 9781859734452 Review(s): Journal of Contemporary Religion; Cauldron Magazine; Australian Journal of Contemporary Religion; Contemporary Psychology

Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives by Strmiska, Michael (2005). $85.00 ISBN: 9781851096084 Review(s): Pomegranate A well-reviewed examination of regional Paganisms throughout the world

The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won’t Give Women a Future by Eller, Cynthia (2000). $22.00 ISBN: 9780807067932 Review(s): Publisher’s Weekly; Library Journal While so many titles offer nothing but praise for the heavy-hand of femine divinity regularly attributed to Pagan belief systems, this book challenges those arguments and perspectives through research in history and anthropology.

The Nature of Magic: An Anthropology of Consciousness by Greenwood, Susan (2005). $36.95 9781845200947 Review(s): Pomegranate; Peer Reviewed

Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole by Magliocco, Sabina (2001) $22.00 ISBN: 9781578063901 Review(s): N/A Provides a unique perspective by examining symbolism Pagan art, altars, and sacred objects and spaces.

Never Again the Burning Times: Paganism Revived by Orion, Loretta (1995). $23.95 ISBN: 9780881338355 Review(s): Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

New Age and Neopagan Religions in America by Pike, Sarah M   (2004). $28.00 ISBN: 9780231124027 Review(s): Publisher’s Weekly; Choice Magazine; Religious Studies Review

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism by Blain, Jenny (2002). $40.95 ISBN: 9780415256506 Review(s): Cauldron Magazine; Nova Religio; Pomegranate

Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion by York, Michael (2003). $21.00 ISBN: 9780814797020 Review(s): Sociology of Religion; Pomegranate; Library Journal; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

The Paganism Reader by Clifton, Chas (2004). $44.95 ISBN: 9780415303521 Review(s): Cauldron Magazine; Journal of New & Emergent Religions; Witchcraft Magazine; Peer Reviewed A collection of excerpts, essays, articles, and interviews relating to Pagan spirituality.

Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience by DiZerega, Gus (2001). $16.95 ISBN: 9781567182286 Review(s): Booklist

Rebirth of the Goddess: Finding Meaning in Feminist Spirituality by Christ, Carol (1998) $30.95 ISBN: 9780201143980 Review(s): Booklist; Library Journal

Researching Paganisms by Blain, Jenny, Douglas Ezzy and Graham Harvey (2004) $34.95 ISBN: 9780759105225 Review(s): Pomegranate

Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for the Self by Berger, Helen (2007). $21.95 ISBN: 9780813540207 Review(s): Choice Magazine

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan WitchcraftPublisher’s Weekly; The Times This history is unique for discussing Pagan movements particularly during the Victorian and Edwardian cultures

Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States by Berger, Helen (2003). $29.95 ISBN: 9781570034886 Review(s): Publisher’s Weekly; Pomegranate This book picks up where Adler left off in “Drawing Down the Moon” and is the most recent survey and research into Pagan groups in the U.S.

Wicca and the Christian Heritage by Pearson, Joanne (2007). $41.95 ISBN: 9780415254137 Review(s): Peer Reviewed

The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations by Purkiss, Diane (1996). $39.95 ISBN: 9780415087612 Review(s): New York Review; Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

Witchcraft Today: Modern Rites of Passage by Clifton, Chas (1993). $13.95 ISBN: 9780875423784

Witchcraft Today: The Modern Craft Movement by Clifton, Chas (1992). $13.95 ISBN: 9780875423777

Witchcraft Today: Witchcraft and Shamanism by Clifton, Chas (1994). $13.95 ISBN: 9781567181500

Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America by Magliocco, Sabina (2004). $26.50 ISBN: 9780812238037 Review(s): Religious Studies Review; Choice Magazine; Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

$1,496.03 of $1,500.00 Budget utilized

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Cornell University’s Witchcraft Collection

Posted by Pagan Librarian on October 13, 2009

Cornell University

Stumbled upon this today, and about to go and poke around… Go and check it out for yourself! The site offers a basic, boolean, proximity, and bibliographic searches; browsing, and contact information. Their Help page offers information on how to navigate and use the database.

The Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection is an online selection of titles from the Cornell University Library’s extensive collection of materials on Witchcraft. The Witchcraft Collection is a rich source for students and scholars of the history of superstition and witchcraft persecution in Europe. It documents the earliest and the latest manifestations of the belief in witchcraft as well as its geographical boundaries, and elaborates this history with works on canon law, the Inquisition, torture, demonology, trial testimony, and narratives. Most importantly, the collection focuses on witchcraft not as folklore or anthropology, but as theology and as religious heresy.

These titles were originally digitally scanned from microfilm by Primary Source Microfilm and the images were returned to Cornell University. For more information, please visit the About page.

Current Online Holdings

  • 104 monographs
  • 23,220 pages
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