Skip to main content
Michigan State University

Buddhism: Using the Online Catalog

This guide provides basic reference sources and suggestions of sacred texts.

Using the Online Catalog

Below are some possible subject headings for use in Subject searches of the online catalog.  For more suggestions of subject headings to try look at the L.C. List of Subject Headings, a set of fat red books in the Reference Collection by the Desk in the Lobby with call number Z 695.

The catalog may also be searched by keyword, title of a particular book, or author of a particular book.  A keyword is any word you can think of that might be found in a book title.  In book title searches omit A, An, and The when they are the first word of the title; do include them if they occur later in the title.    For authors, enter the search this way:  last name, first name.  For example: Chodron, Pema

If you need more books than you are able to find on your own, go to the section of this research guide called "Encyclopedias and Dictionaries."  Look up your topic in one or more reference works here.  Often the entries point the reader to particular books and authors on the topic, which you can then look up in our Online Catalog. 

If M.S.U. Libraries does not own a particular book you want you may be able to borrow it through Interlibrary Services.

Buddhism

Buddhism—[country name]

Buddhism—doctrines

Buddhism—history

Buddhism—relations--Christianity

Buddhism—sacred books

Buddhist art and symbolism

Buddhist ethics

Buddhist gods

Buddhist literature

Buddhist monasticism and religious orders

Buddhist philosophy

Buddhist priests

Buddhist sects

Buddhist temples

Dharma (Buddhism)

Hinayana Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism

Pali literature

Tantric Buddhism

Theravada Buddhism

Women in Buddhism

Zen Buddhism

Michigan State University