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Start with Subject Encyclopedias!
Encyclopedia of Buddhism by
Call Number: Click the title above for online access.
Publication Date: 2005
This encyclopedia describes the Buddhist world view, basic teachings and practices of Buddhism, as well as its different schools and sects. In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, saints, demons, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, it also explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity.
As you explore the various entries in subject encyclopedias, start making a list of specialized terms and concepts that relate to the broad topic of "Buddhism and the mind." You will need these terms when you search the databases for scholarly articles. Also pay close attention to the very helpful bibliographies at the end of each entry.
A Dictionary of Buddhism by
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Publication Date: 2004
Covers both historical and contemporary issues in Buddhism, and includes all Buddhist schools and cultures. Appendices include a chronology and a guide to canonical scriptures as well as a pronunciation guide for names and terms.
ATLA Religion Database
ATLA Religion is the primary database for researching topics in religion.
RefWorks Group Account
Please add your chosen scholarly article on "the mind and Buddhism" to the REL 332 RefWorks group account. (Login information is shared in class; email Peggy Burge to obtain it if you misplace the information.) By the end of the semester, the class will have assembled a working bibliography of scholarly sources that could be used, in part, to support your research paper!
Link to RefWorks: http://ezproxy.ups.edu/login?url=http://collins.pugetsound.edu/php/refworks.php
Login with group account name and password (supplied in class), not your own RefWorks account.
For more help with using RefWorks, consult the Citation Tools guide (note the drop-down menu for RefWorks help).
Not sure where to start?
Especially strong in the arts, humanities (including history), and medicine.
Start your research by consulting these collections of subject encyclopedias. If you have any difficulties at all, please email Peggy Burge for assistance and recommendations.
Excellent starting point for any topic. Includes specialized dictionaries with short definitions as well as subject encyclopedias and handbooks with much more in-depth coverage.
Especially strong in the social sciences.
Literature Resource Center
Excellent for information about authors and their works.