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Eastern Philosophy and Religion: How to Find Books

A library resource guide to support classes such as HUP 121 - Eastern Philosophy and Religion.

Google Books

Google Books is a good place to search within the pages of books. Remember that you can check the Library Catalog to see if we have full-text access via CUNY Libaries.

Google Book Search

Other Book Finding Tools

Find Books - Library Catalog Search

Use this catalog search box to see what books (and ebooks) are available in CUNY Libraries (or search via the CUNY Libaries Catalog directly):

Keyword(s): Search in:Phrase?:

Keyword searching

Keywords/themes to explore:

Use specific terms relating to your field of study when searching such as:

  • dharma
  • "Four Noble Truths"
  • jiva
  • "karma yoga"
  • kirtan
  • langar
  • "Mandate of Heaven"
  • Neo-Confucianism
  • oharae
  • reincarnation
  • samsara
  • sangha
  • tsumi
  • yang
  • yin

Subject Headings - when searching library catalogs and databases, try using specific terms that are assigned to each item to describe the subject such as:

  • Buddhism -- Doctrines -- History.
  • Buddhism -- Philosophy.
  • Confucianism -- China -- History.
  • Hinduism -- Rituals.
  • Jainism -- India -- History.
  • Shinto -- Customs and practices.
  • Taoism -- Sacred books.


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