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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
[Table of Contents]
Japanese Religions/Robert Kisala
Buddhism/Jacqueline I. Stone
Folk Religion/Ian Reader
New Religions/Trevor Astley
Japanese Christianity/Mark R. Mullins
Ancient Japan and Religion/Matsumura Kazuo
Religion in the Classical Period/Yoshida Kazuhiko
The Medieval Period: Eleventh to Sixteenth Centuries/William M. Bodiford
Religion in Early Modern Japan/Duncan Ryuken Williams
Religion in the Modern Period/Hayashi Makoto
Contemporary Japanese Religions/Shimazono Susumu
The Ritual Culture of Japan: Symbolism, Ritual, and the Arts/Richard K. Payne
Literature and Scripture/Robert E. Morrell
State and Religion in Japan/Helen Hardacre
Geography, Environment, Pilgrimage/Barbara Ambros
History of Thought in Japan/Thomas P.Kasulis
Gender Issues in Japanese Religions/Kawahashi Noriko
Japanese Reference Works, Sources, and Libraries/Makino Yasuko
Using Archives in the Study of Japanese Religions/Brian O. Ruppert
Conducting Fieldwork on Japanese Religions/Scott Schnell
A Chronology of Religion in Japan/William M. Bodiford
Additional Recommended Subject Encyclopedias:
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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