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Online Reference Collections
Not finding the background sources that you need? Try searching one or more of these large online collections of subject encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries.
Provides full text online access to Gale electronic books, including encyclopedias and other reference resources.
ABC CLIO eBooks
This eBook Collection contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood Press, Libraries Unlimited, and Praeger.
Contains the complete texts of many Oxford companions, encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles in a fully indexed, cross-searchable database. Included in addition to articles are images, maps, timelines, bibliographies, photographs and much more.
The social sciences platform for SAGE and CQ Press books, reference materials and other content.
It's a good idea to browse through entries on your topic in more than one encyclopedia. Some encyclopedias have in-depth articles, while others have just short entries. Be sure to check the bibliographies at the end of essays; they'll lead you to especially key sources.
The Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions, listed below, is an especially good place to start, especially if you aren't sure what you want to research.
Although not specific to Japanese religions, the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks to Religion, which are available online, can be invaluable for understanding approaches to the study of religion.
Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions by
Call Number: BL2210.5 .N36 2006 Reference (Main floor of library)
Publication Date: 2005
The Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions combines state-of-the-field theoretical and critical discussions.
Additional Recommended Subject Encyclopedias:
Japanese Religions by
Call Number: Click title for online access.
Publication Date: 2012
This set illustrates the diversity and complexity of the Japanese religious experience, past and contemporary, while at the same time offering an overview of the most updated research in the field. The themes selected promote avenues of analysis that place the religious phenomenon in its socio-historical and cultural context. This collection affords a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the nature and practice of Japanese religiosity. The framework in which the material is presented also offers an alternative to the usual chronological organization of works on Japanese religions, and to traditional arrangements of works on East Asian religions in general according to the categories of Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto and Christianity. Although these traditional approaches are covered in the first volume, the set as a whole stresses the practice of religion, which stretches across traditions and denominations, and the pre-modern/modern divide.
Handbook of Japanese Mythology by
Call Number: Reference BL2203 .A86 2003
Publication Date: 2003
An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan, with an extensive bibliography.
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.
Historical Dictionary of Shinto by
Call Number: Click on title above for online access.
Publication Date: 2010
Includes a introductory narrative followed by dictionary entries and a substantial bibliography.
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