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  • Digital Libraries
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  • Academia

Dictionaries, Glossaries, Reference

A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

BuddhaNet | Glossary of Buddhist Terms BuddhaNet is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Buddha Dharma Education Association. BDEA has evolved as a Buddhist Information and Education Service.

Chicago Author-Date Citation Machine Generates Chicago style, author-date citations for books; journal, newspaper, and magazine articles; websites. In accordance with Maitripa Style Guide.

Chicago Manual of Style: Author-Date Citation Samples The preferred citation style in the Maitripa College Style Guide. Each example of a reference list entry is accompanied by an example of a corresponding in-text citation.

Gale Virtual Reference Library For offsite access/password, contact or log in to Populi for access through Links.

Google Scholar Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.

LYWA | Glossary of Buddhist Terms The glossary includes English, Sanskrit and Tibetan terms.

Maitripa College Course Texts Archive Compilation of all texts assigned for course booklists. (Populi login required) 

Multnomah County Library | Classic Catalog

Multnomah County Library | Resources for Research Access via your MCL library card barcode and PIN.

Oregon Passport Program Participating libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges with Maitripa College Library.

WorldCat WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it. Usually you will link directly to the item record on the library’s Web site.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.
via Gale Virtual Reference Library, contact for password for offsite access.

Digital Libraries

Access to Insight
Access to Insight is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, including modern translations of more than 1,000 important suttas from the Pali canon. (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies)

American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University
The American Institute of Buddhist Studies was founded in 1972 — at the request of H.H. the Dalai Lama and the late Ven. Geshe Ngawang Wangyal — with the ambitious mandate to translate and publish the originally Indian Buddhist artistic, scientific, and religious works collected in the Tibetan Tengyur (bstan ‘gyur).

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library
The Internet Guide to Buddhism and Buddhist Studies. This site keeps track of leading information facilities in the fields of Buddhism and Buddhist studies.

E-Asia Digital Library
University of Oregon Librarian Asian Collection. By building a collection of digitized e-books and a database of full text web resources, e-Asia strives to contribute to the research and scholarship of East Asia.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
TBRC Library contains more than 9,615 works (25,115 volumes totaling over ten million digital pages), making this online repository the most extensive collection of Tibetan literature that has ever existed in one place.

Sacred Texts | Buddhism Large collection of online texts and articles.

Treasury of Lives The Treasury of Lives is a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region. Founded in 2007 as a project of the Rubin Foundation, the Treasury provides an accessible and well-researched biography of a wide range of figures, from Buddhist masters to artists and political officials, many of which are peer-reviewed.

Guides and Bibliographies

Columbia Online Research Guide for Modern Tibetan Studies
This guide began as an extensive syllabus compiled by Professor Gray Tuttle for his “Sources for Modern Tibetan History” seminar. It is exceptionally strong in its survey of resources for historical research.

Indica et Buddhica (PDF) 
The current listing of more than 650 journals containing Buddhist Studies material.

Timelines of Buddhist History
These timelines sketch significant events and personalities in the evolution of Buddhism.


H-Buddhism serves as a medium for the exchange of information regarding academic resources, new research projects, scholarly publications, university job listings, and so forth, for specialists in Buddhist Studies who are currently affiliated with academic institutions.

H-Buddhism Bibliography Project | Group Library
A comprehensive, open, online bibliography for the field of Buddhist studies, managed by H-Buddhism, the online network of scholars of Buddhism

IEP: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy The IEP was founded in 1995 to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia is free of charge and available to all users of the Internet world-wide. The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries.

PhilArchive is the largest open access e-print archive in philosophy. Formerly known as the PhilPapers Archive, it is built on and integrated with the PhilPapers database. Access to items on PhilArchive is free without a user account. PhilArchive is a non-profit project supported by the PhilPapers Foundation. PhilArchive consists entirely of articles submitted by users. You can contribute by submitting your work. There are currently 30,320 works in the archive. These works fall under 5,395 topics.

The Pluralism Project | Harvard University
The Pluralism Project is a two decade-long research project that engages students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States. We explore particularly the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East that have become woven into the religious fabric of the United States in the past twenty-five years.

Religious Studies News
The web magazine of the American Academy of Religion and is designed as a platform for students and professionals in the field to report on research trends, issues in religious studies and higher education, and apply the academic study of religion to broader public conversations.