General information is a good place to start your research because it can help you to narrow a too broad topic or broaden a too narrow one. Reading an encyclopedia article can give you insight into an area within the broader topic that will be suitable for your research and give you enough knowledge about that topic to begin researching it intelligently. Articles in these pieces are usually written by experts in the field and will include bibliographic references which will lead you to other books and journal articles on the same topic. Keep in mind, however, that this is not where most of the research for your paper should come from!
Once you have a well defined topic and a good basic sense of what your topic is "about" a bibliography will lead you to more books, and in some cases journal articles, on your topic. Most of the items below are shelved in Reference; some may be found in the circulating collection.
BL1108.2-1108.7 Religious education
BL1109.2-1109.7 Antiquities. Archaeology.
BL1111-1143.2 Sacred books. Sources
BL1112.2-1137.5 Vedic texts
BL1141.2-1142.6 Tantric texts
BL1145-1146 Hindu literature
BL1153.7-1168 By region or country
BL1212.32-1215 Doctrines. Theology
BL1216-1225 Hindu pantheon. Deities
BL1225.2-1243.58 Religious life
BL1243.72-1243.78 Monasteries. Temples, etc.
BL1271.2-1295 Modifications. Sects
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