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Buddhism on the Silk Road

Spring 2012

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-238; Maria R. Heim (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases


Tracing sources in Whitfield

+ Start with the known references (listed in the Preface and Further Reading); once you choose an idea or a term, think about which titles would be likely sources for it

+ Brainstorm synonyms or related terms, then search the indexes of those books or the title in Google Booksto see if it's covered (and to see what related titles are suggested). You can also search other full-text collections of e-books, including ebrary, Internet Archive texts, Hathi TrustGale Virtual Reference Library, and Oxford Reference Online.

+ Try discovery searches for specific titles, authors, or terms/concepts in DiscoverProQuest, and Google Scholar

+ Identify subject-specific databases from the tab on this guide, and create a search strategy:

[term] OR [related term] OR [broader term]
[place] OR [other word for place] OR [related word for place]
[time period] OR [other word for time period]

And don't forget the International Dunhuang Project site. 

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Arts & Humanities Full Text
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)

Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.

International Medieval Bibliography
Comprehensive index of journal articles and books about Europe, North Africa, and the Near East from 300 to 1500.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)

Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)