A growing web of resources: The association of religion data archives (ARDA) www.TheARDA.com

Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader, Edward C. Polson

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Since going online in 1998, the goal of the ARDA has been to democratize access to quality data on religion without compromising the integrity of the information being archived. By the fall of 2006, the ARDA was archiving nearly 400 files, including the General Social Survey, Religious Congregations and Membership Study, Faith Communities Today, National Congregations Study, Baylor Religion Survey, U.S. Congregational Life Survey and many others. As our holdings have multiplied, the ARDA has increased its outreach beyond religion researchers. A growing number of tools, such as National Profiles, Maps and Reports, and QuickStats, allow the ARDA to be used as an online reference by researchers, the press, congregations, educators and others. This paper serves as a guide to the resources available on the ARDA. In particular we will focus upon our expanded international holdings, our online reference features, the ARDA 's ability to serve as a virtual research center, and our intention to become a greater resource to educators via an online learning center.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-34
Number of pages14
JournalReview of Religious Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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