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EN 104 - Non-Western Portraits of Human Greatness


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to "Non-Western Portraits of Human Greatness" in the Geisel Library. It is meant as a starting point for your research. For further research assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in the Geisel Library. Stop by the Reference Desk in person or online at Ask a Librarian.


Research Basics

The reference librarians have created a group of Web pages named Research Help, designed to help teach you the basics of library research and to introduce you to Geisel Library. On the Research Help pages, you will find a guide on Research Basics and a helpful guide about evaluating your Web sources, our guide on Evaluating Websites. Please take advantage of these resources.


Reference Sources for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the reference stacks near the reference desk. They may not be checked out, but photocopiers are available on the lower level of the Library. Online reference sources can be found in the library catalog, or listed on Reference E-Resources.

Oxford Reference Online — The Place to Start
Contains electronic versions of commonly used Oxford dictionaries, encyclopedias and subject reference works.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
This is a unique resource that offers cross-cultural and interdisciplinary insight into the ideas that have shaped humanity and history. In over 750 articles, distinguished scholars from numerous fields discuss the evolution of our thinking about important concepts such as capitalism, justice, and mysticism. The articles also address how these ideas have shaped our social and cultural institutions over time.Ref CB5 .D52 (print version)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Find overviews on a wide variety of topics by searching this online encyclopedia. Besides the search feature, there is also a helpful subject browse, timeline browse, and online atlas. Try the Workspace feature to create a customized page for a research project.


Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
More than 2,000 articles from the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy are now available online, making this an excellent source of background information for research in philosophy and related fields. The editors periodically add new entries written by leading scholars and also provide links to other sites and resources on the web, as well as updates of key entries.   REF B51 .R68 (print version)

Masterpieces of World Philosophy
     Ref B75 .M37


Encyclopedia of Religion
     Ref BL31 .E46

Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions
     Ref BL2210.5 .N36

Concise Encyclopedia of Islam
     Ref BP40.G42

Muslim Almanac: A Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and Peoples of Islam
     Ref BP40 .M83

Contemporary Islamic Revival: A Critical Survey and Bibliography
     Ref BP60.H32

History and Background

Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
     Ref DS4 .E53 2002 (6 Volumes)

Encyclopedia of Asian History
     Ref DS31 .E53

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
     Ref DS35.53 .O95

Cambridge History of Islam
     Ref DS35.6 .C3

World of Islam
     General Collection DS36.85 I75

Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal,
Bhutan, and the Maldives
     Ref DS334.9.C36 1989

Cultural Atlas of China
     Ref DS721 .B56

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture
     Ref DS 779.23 .E53

Cultural Atlas of Japan
     Ref DS821 .C62

China's New Cultural Scene
     Ref DS 779.23 .H8613

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan
     Ref DS805 .C36

Encyclopedia of African History
     Ref DT20 .E53 3 volumes

Dictionary of African Historical Biography
     Ref DT352.6 .L56

Australian People
     Ref DU120 .A718


Literature Resource Center
Find biographical information on authors, as well as bibliographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism of their works. Also get full-text articles from more than 100 literary journals. More than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers are covered here. This site also provides links to the Encyclopedia of Literature and a Literary-Historical Timeline.

World Literature and its Time
     Ref PJ 307 .M67

Encyclopedia of Indian Literature
     Ref PK 2903 .G36

Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India
     Ref PK5416 .H27

Dictionary of Oriental Literatures
     Ref PJ31 .D55 3 volumes

Guide to Chinese Literature
     Ref PL 2271 .I3413

Fine Arts

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
     Ref ML 105 .B16

Classical Music
     Ref ML156.9 .C58

Peking Opera Painted Faces
     Ref ML 1751 .C5 Z46

Encyclopedia of World Art
     Ref N31 .E533

Art History
     Ref N5300 .S923


How to Find Biographies

Current Biography
     Ref CT100 .C8 (1940 - present)


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Finding Books/Secondary Sources

Subject headings Suggestions to use in searching the Catalog:

  • Philosophy, Chinese
  • China - Intellectual life
  • Confucius
  • Murasaki Shikibu
  • The Tale of Genji
  • Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, d. 30 B.C. - Influence
  • Capac
  • East Asia - Civilization
  • Civilization, Oriental - History
  • Japanese literature - History and criticism

Keyword Suggestions to use in searching the Catalog:

  • Biography and Leader*
  • Cleopatra and literature
  • Manco Capac
  • Capac and (Peru or Inca)

Use the *(asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.

Some General Collection books found using Subject and Keyword searches in the Catalog:

On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius
     BL1858 .O5

Confucius: The Secular as Sacred
     B128.C8 F48 1998

The Stoics

Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey
     LB17 .F56 2001

Freedom of Religion, Apostasy, and Islam
     BP173.65 .S26 2004

The Philosophical Traditions of India
     B131.R345 1972

Understanding the Chinese Mind: The Philosophical Roots
     B126.U45 1989

Tao of the Huainan Masters
     BJ1290.8 .T37

If you are unable to locate materials in the Geisel Library Catalog, search libraries worldwide using WorldCat.


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Find Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier
This is the world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Search here for citations and abstracts in areas including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, physics, chemistry, language & linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more. (Coverage varies by publication. Click on Publications tab for more information.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index  (AHSearch)
This index provides citations to more than 1,300 arts and humanities journals, which include articles, bibliographies, editorials, letters, and reviews. Note the cited references feature, which may enhance your search. (1980–current)

ATLA Religion Database
This database is an essential resource for research in theology and humanities, and covers all religious traditions, though the strongest coverage is for materials dealing with the Judeo-Christian tradition. It provides citations and some full-text articles on topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues. (1949–current)

Contemporary Women's Issues
The focus here is women's health and human rights issues in over 150 countries. This database provides full-text articles and citations from books, journals, newsletters, and research reports from non-profit groups and government and international agencies. (1992–current)

Historical Abstracts
This index provides abstracts to key history journals from around the globe, covering world history from 1450 to the present (excluding North America, which is covered in America: History & Life-see above). Historical Abstracts includes citations from books, dissertations, and a targeted selection of journals in the social sciences and humanities. Browse CLIO Notes for a chronology, overview of listed topics, and bibliography. (1954–current)

LexisNexis Academic Universe
Find full-text newspaper articles from local, national, and international papers. Gain access to full-text law reviews, company news and financial information, medical information, laws and regulations, polls and surveys, and general reference information, such as country and state profiles and entries from a searchable world almanac.

MLA International Bibliography
From the Modern Language Association of America, this index, dating back to the 1920s, contains over 1.8 million citations pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore. (1920's–current)      EBSCO Alert Guide

New York Times - Current
Full-text of articles published in the New York Times from June 1, 1980 through current; the Final New York City Edition (Lexis-Nexis).

New York Times - Historical
You can get full-text access to every page of the New York Times, from 1851 to 2003. The searchable collection includes digital reproductions, so that even advertisements and political cartoons from every available issue may be viewed. (1851-2003)

Philosopher's Index
The premier international resource in philosophy, this database contains over 160,000 citations with abstracts to journal articles as well as books. The advanced search allows you to limit your results to English-language text or to journal articles only. (1940-current)     Journal List (PDF/72KB)

Project MUSE
This database offers all full-text articles from over 300 peer-reviewed journals; subjects include humanities, arts, medicine, mathematics, social sciences, and more. (See Journal List for dates of coverage.)

Search for titles and summaries of articles (from more than 1,700 journals), chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. This is also a good source of information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, physiology, pharmacology, sociology, education, nursing, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. (1887-current)

PubMed is database of biomedical citations and abstracts that includes Medline (see above). Use this database to search for citations to articles that aren't in Medline because they're outside of that database's scope-for example, citations to general science and general chemistry journals. It also contains some citations that aren't in Medline: current citations not yet added and older citations. In some cases, this database also provides links to full-text articles and will also provide links to citations to related articles.  Further information on PubMed and Medline.

Religious and Theological Abstracts
Search here for citations and summaries of articles appearing in scholarly religion and theology journals from around the world-Christian, Jewish, and other world religions are covered. Abstracts have been classified as Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Practical. (1958-current)

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Search this database for citations and abstracts from literature in political science and its related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy. Coverage includes books, dissertations, international journals, and book and software reviews. One special feature of this database is linked reference citing: references cited in the bibliography of the source article accompany the citations that have been added to the database since 2001, and for all journals added since 2004. (1975–current)


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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