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Religion: Buddhism

This guide provides a list of major library resources for the study of religion.

Databases & E-resources

Buddhism Journals

Sacred Texts & Primary Sources

Call Number Range: BQ 1100 - 3340: Tripitaka (canonical literature)

Unlike Judaism, Islam, or Christianity, Buddhism has no single authoritative book; there are multiple Buddhist canons in multiple languages. Consult individual Buddhism reference sources to learn more about the Indic, Tibetan, Chinese, and other Buddhist canons and to find recommendations for particular Buddhist texts.  

Below is a small selection of online and print texts.


GILFind ( - Search our local catalog for books, DVD's, etcetera. Use Library of Congress Subject Headings to help you discover books and expand your search, for example:

  • Buddhism 
  • Zen Buddhism. 
  • Mahayana Buddhism. 
  • Buddhist literature 
  • Buddhism > India. 
  • Buddhism > China > Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • Gautama Buddha. 
  • etcetera, etcetera

Reference Resources