Near-Death Experiences:
Index to the Periodical Literature through 2011

If you are a scholarly researcher, or anyone interested in an in-depth understanding of near-death experiences (NDEs), you have just accessed a resource to nearly die for. At this one location, you can find citations (listing of article author, year of publication, title, journal, issue number, and page numbers) and most abstracts (brief introductory summary) for all scholarly articles, and many popular articles, written about NDEs through 2011 -- a total of nearly 950 articles. With this powerful tool, users can easily search the database by author or subject matter to find just the articles they need. The development team at the University of North Texas has analyzed each article to determine which of about 135 NDE-related topics the article addresses. Thus, you can search the listing three ways:

  • Index - Citations lists all citations in alphabetical order by the sole or first author's last name.
  • Index - Topics lists each of about 135 topics with all articles that addressed that topic, listed in alphabetical order.
  • Index - Authors lists all articles a given author has written, whether as sole, first, second, or later author, listed in alphabetical order.

With this invaluable tool, scholarly researchers and members of the public can find virtually every article addressing a particular NDE-related topic. Through article abstracts that appear for over 98% of articles that originally included abstracts, researchers are further helped to identify just those articles that are relevant to their particular areas of inquiry.

Tips for using this Index:

If you are researching one or more NDE-related topics:

  • First familiarize yourself with the Topics Outline to determine which topic(s) are relevant to your research.
  • Then go to the Index - Topics, find your topic, and click on Show Citations. Virtually every article ever published that addressed that topic is listed in alphabetical order.
  • To create your own customized citations listing, open a word processing document (or, if you want to be able to alphabetize your citations, a spreadsheet), and when you find a relevant citation in the Index, copy and paste it into your document.

This research tool is the product of a collaboration between the University of North Texas (UNT), located just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, and the International Association for Near-Death Studies. It is the hope of the UNT development team to find the funding to update the Index in 2011 and every five years thereafter. Anyone wishing to donate to this cause -- or finding any errors in the listings -- please contact Dr. Jan Holden at 940-565-2919 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IANDS thanks the UNT Development Team listed below for their efforts in creating this powerful research tool:

Jan Holden, Ed.D.
Rozan Christian, Ph.D.
Ryan Foster, M.A.
Lisa Forest, M.Ed.
Kathryn Oden, Ph.D.

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