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Hinduism: Using the Online Catalog

This is a guide to researching Hinduism using the online catalog, reference works, periodical indexes, bibliographies, concordances, sacred texts, and free web sites.

Using the Online Catalog

It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other.  To do a more traditional search, read on.

Below are some possible subject headings for use in Subject searches of our Books and Media (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, first floor East, 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.

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.

Possible subject headings.  Use Subject search. 



Caste India

Chakra (Hinduism)


Fasts and feasts--Hinduism

God (Hinduism)

Good and evil (Hinduism)

Hindu ethics

Hindu funeral rites and ceremonies

Hindu goddesses

Hindu gods

Hindu law

Hindu monasteries

Hindu monastic and religious life

Hindu philosophy

Hindu saints

Hindu sects

Hindu shrines

Hindu symbolism

Hindu temples

Hindu women




Hinduism—prayers and devotions





Hinduism—sacred books



Knowledge, theory of (Hinduism)

Krisha (Hindu deity)


Salvation (Hinduism)

Sanskrit language

Spiritual life (Hinduism)

Valmiki. Ramayana



Vedas. Atharvaveda

Vedas. Samaveda

Vedas. Rgveda

Vedas. Yajurveda

Vedas and science

Women in Hinduism

Worship (Hinduism)




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