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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Buddhism Research Guide

A General Research Guide to Aid in Researching Topics Connected with Buddhism

Search the duPont Library Classic Catalog

Searching for books and other resources

Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

Use WorldCat to identify materials held by other libraries around the world. Most of these you will need to request via interlibrary loan should you wish to use them. Sewanee ILL, our interlibrary loan system, is linked below. Please feel free to use the interlirbary loan service, but be sure you have planned for the time it will take for books to be shipped here. Articles are usually delivered electronically and, therefore, much quicker.

Google Book Search offers certain advantages such as the ability to search the full-text of works as well as the ability to view the text of works that are no longer restricted by copyright. If you find something in Google Books that appears to be useful for your research, but you cannot view the book, be sure to check to see if the book is in our library. If not, you can place an interlibrary loan request.

Library of Congress call numbers for Buddhism

BQ1-9800 Buddhism

BQ1-10 Periodicals. Yearbooks (General)

BQ12-93 Societies, councils, associations, clubs, etc.

BQ96-99 Financial institutions. Trusts

BQ100-102 Congresses. Conferences (General)

BQ104-105 Directories (General)

BQ107-109 Museums. Exhibitions

BQ115-126 General collections. Collected works

BQ128 Encyclopedias (General)

BQ130 Dictionaries (General)

BQ133 Terminology

BQ135 Questions and answers. Maxims (General)

BQ141-209 Religious education (General)

BQ210-219 Research

BQ221-249 Antiquities. Archaeology

BQ240-244 Literary discoveries

BQ246-249 Inscriptions, etc.

BQ251-799 History

BQ800-829 Persecutions

BQ840-999 Biography

BQ840-858 Collective

BQ860-999 Individual

BQ860-939 Gautama Buddha

BQ940-999 Other

BQ1001-1045 Buddhist literature

BQ1100-3340 Tripit. aka (Canonical literature)

BQ4000-4060 General works

BQ4061-4570 Doctrinal and systematic Buddhism

BQ4180-4565 Special doctrines

BQ4570 Special topics and relations to special subjects

BQ4600-4610 Relation to other religious and philosophical systems

BQ4620-4905 Buddhist pantheon

BQ4911-5720 Practice of Buddhism. Forms of worship

BQ4965-5030 Ceremonies and rites. Ceremonial rules

BQ5035-5065 Hymns. Chants. Recitations

BQ5070-5075 Altar, liturgical objects, ornaments, memorials, etc.

BQ5080-5085 Vestments, altar cloths, etc.

BQ5090-5095 Liturgical functions

BQ5100-5125 Symbols and symbolism

BQ5130-5137 Temple. Temple organization

BQ5140-5355 Buddhist ministry. Priesthood. Organization

BQ5251-5305 Education and training

BQ5310-5350 Preaching

BQ5360-5680 Religious life

BQ5485-5530 Precepts for laymen

BQ5535-5594 Devotional literature. Meditations. Prayers

BQ5595-5633 Devotion. Meditation. Prayer

BQ5635-5675 Spiritual life. Mysticism. Enlightenment. Perfection

BQ5700-5720 Festivals. Days and seasons

BQ5725-5845 Folklore

BQ5821-5845 Miracle literature

BQ5851-5899 Benevolent work. Social work. Welfare work, etc.

BQ5901-5975 Missionary work

BQ6001-6160 Monasticism and monastic life Samgha (Order) .

BQ6200-6240 Asceticism. Hermits. Wayfaring life

BQ6300-6388 Monasteries. Temples. Shrines. Sites

BQ6400-6495 Pilgrims and pilgrimages

BQ7001-9800 Modifications, schools, etc.

BQ7100-7285 Theravada (Hinayana) Buddhism

BQ7300-7529 Mahayana Buddhism

BQ7530-7950 Tibetan Buddhism (Lamaism)

BQ7960-7989 Bonpo (Sect)

BQ8000-9800 Special modifications, sects, etc.

BQ8500-8769 Pure Land Buddhism

BQ8900-9099 Tantric Buddhism

BQ9250-9519 Zen Buddhism