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Find Secondary Sources
Scholarship in philosophy and religion often takes the form of books. Books are a great place to get broad overviews, history, and background, and they contain a lot of detail as well. Use the index in the back of the book to navigate the information.
Start broad with your searches, then narrow as you go. Example: Buddhism and women
Encyclopedias and Background Info
- Use the word AND between your search terms. Example: Buddhism and meditation
- Use an asterisk * to search multiple endings of a root word. Example: Buddh* (finds Buddhism, Buddha, and Buddhis, all at once)
- Limit to peer reviewed to get scholarly articles
- Once you find the perfect sources, look through the bibliography.Search the source of the article (journal) or the book title (if it is a book)--in a citation, the source is usually in italics--in the Library Catalog as a title.