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Yoga Studies

This guide will support Yoga Studies students and faculty in their research and practice.

Using Background Information (reference works)

Finding background information from reference works at the beginning of your research can save time and improve the quality of your work. 

"Reference works" here includes things like scholarly encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks or companions for a subject, and annotated bibliographies.

These can provide:

  • Introduction to key concepts
  • Overviews of scholarship on a topic
  • Names of people who are authorities in the subject field
  • Keywords and subject-specific vocabulary terms that can be used for database searches
  • Bibliographies that lead to additional secondary and primary resources

Background Information: Yoga Studies

These sources tend to be the most useful for topics in yoga studies.

Online Reference Databases

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Annotated Bibliographies

Additional eReference

These online reference databases can also provide quality background information related to yoga studies:

Buddhist Traditions

These are prime sources of background information for topics related to Buddhist traditions: