Q. How do I find information about the practices and symbols of the church of Scientology


Hi Linda,

I would recommend the following databases for your search.  These can all be found in the Online Library, listed alphabetically under the "Find Articles" button:

  • ProQuest Central
  • Religion
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
  • Academic Search Complete

In each of these databases, I would recommend checking off the full text box in order to only bring back records with the full text article attached.  If you need scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, you can check off the peer-reviewed box to only bring back peer-reviewed articles.  There are also articles about Scientology in the newspaper databases, Newspaper Source and Newsstand Complete.  However, these resources will not have peer-reviewed articles. 

For search terms, I would recommend using terms such as the following:


Scientology AND symbol*

Scientology AND icon*

Scientology AND practice

Scientology AND ritual*

Scientology AND belief*

Be sure you enter the search terms as I have listed them above.  The * will bring back symbol, symbols, symbolism, etc. 

Please let us know if you have any other questions!


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