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FTS 100: Exploring Buddhist Traditions

Fall 2010
Welcome to the library. If you have problems, please talk to a Reference Librarian.

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Table of Contents:

This Isn't Dewey
  • Library of Congress Classification System
    In our library, books on the same subject are shelved together by call number according to the Library of Congress Classification System. When searching MnPALS, check the "Location" column for the call number.
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
Places to Find Basic Facts
  • Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World
    New York: Macmillan 1974
    Provides a geographical framework for the understanding of world religions, past and present. It features significant descriptive text along with maps.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 80.2 .F28
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2005 2nd ed. edition
    Covers religions from around the world and through history as well as people and ideas related to religion. The articles are written by experts in their fields and include excellent bibliographies. This new edition includes hundreds of new articles, thoroughly revised coverage of all topics in religion, and a handful of "visual essays" that illustrate visual culture as a significant aspect of religion.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 31 .E46 2005
  • Guide to Buddhist Religion
    Location: Oversize upper level BQ4012 R48
General Collection
  • General Collection Works Dealing with Buddhism
    The few works listed here are just a sample of what exists in the general collection. You should search the catalog for additional books.
    • A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism
      Location: General Collection BQ130 .H85 1963
    • The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions
      According to the publisher, this work "provides a comprehensive survey of world religions from pre-history to the present day. Each religion is treated in depth, with text written by an acknowledged academic expert supported by lavish illustration. Images have been carefully chosen to complement the text. There are special box features and spreads. The religions covered include Jainism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Hindu religions, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, along with smaller sections on Zoroaster and Parsis, Greece and Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia, aboriginal religions, Shamanism, and modern religions such as Bahai. The book includes a substantial bibliography, a full chronology for each section, a general chronology giving the most significant dates from all religions, and information on religious phenomena such as festivals and calendars. This is an authoritative reference book in an attractive format which will appeal equally to students of religion, teachers, and general interested readers."
      Location: General Collection BL80.2 .C334 2002
Reference Collection
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles offer excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Reference Works Dealing with Buddhism
    • Encyclopedia of Buddhism
      New York: Macmillan Reference 2004
      Essays cover a variety of topics related to Buddhism.
      • Location(s): Ref BQ 128 .E62 2004
    • Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America
      Westport, CT: Greenwood 2006
      A five-volume set that contains in-depth articles covering various aspects of American religions movements, ranging from alternative forms of Asian, African, Christian, and Jewish religions to considerations of New Age, Neopagan, and social aspects of alternative religions, such as gender, violence, legal aspects, and Millenialism.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 2525 .I58 2006
    • Religion and American Cultures
      Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio 2003
      Coverage in Volume 1 includes the intersection of culture and various religions in American life. Volume 2 addresses how religions approach various topics such as sacred space, the body, and death. Volume 3 contains a variety of primary source material.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 2525 .R448 2003
    • Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience
      New York: Scribner's 1988
      Contains substantial articles surveying religions, cultural context, issues, and other broad topics, each with a helpful bibliography for further research.
      • Location(s): Ref BL 2525 .E53 1988
    • Sexuality and the World's Religions
      "What do the world's most important religious texts have to say about one of humanity's favorite activities? Editors David W. Machacek and Melissa M. Wilcox have brought together top scholars in the field of religious studies to ask and answer these critical questions. Carefully researched, elegantly written, and respectfully presented, Sexuality and the World's Religions explores the intersection of the spiritual and the carnal in Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and African and Native American spiritual traditions."
      Location: Ref BL65.S4 S5 2003
  • Using Wikipedia (Carleton College)
    "Many of the articles in Wikipedia are long and comprehensive, and many entries exist in Wikipedia for which no equivalent entry may be found in any other encyclopedia. As a result, it can be quite tempting for students to use the information found there in essays and lab reports. Those who would do so, however, are advised to use caution. While Wikipedia is without question a valuable and informative resource, there is an important concern to take into account when using it. . . ."
Citing Your Sources
Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.

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