ICSM Devi: Power and Narrative in Hindu Goddess Traditions

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Goddesses, Hindu

Shaktism--India--West Bengal
Durgā (Hindu deity)--Cult
Durgā-pūjā (Hindu festival)--India--West Bengal
Kālī (Hindu deity)
Kālī (Hindu deity)--Cult--India
Parvati (Hindu deity)--Poetry
Lakshmi (Hindu deity)--Cult
Sītā (Hindu deity) in literature
Santoshī Mātā (Hindu deity)
Goddesses, Hindu--Prayer-books and devotions--History and criticism

Hindu women--History
Women in Hinduism
Women--Religious aspects--Hinduism
Women and religion--India
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--India
Women--India--Social conditions
Sex role--India
Sex customs--India
Sex--Religious aspects--Hinduism
Man-woman relationships--India

India--Religious life and customs
Gods, Hindu
Krishna (Hindu deity)
Vishnu (Hindu deity)
Rāma (Hindu deity)--Cult
Hindu civilization
Hinduism--Customs and practices
Dvaita (Vedanta)

Hindu sects  [includes list of individual sects]
Spiritual life--Hinduism
Hindu symbolism
Hindu philosophy
Hindu ethics
Philosophy, Indic
Hindu law
Nationalism--Religious aspects--Hinduism
Hindu diaspora

Sanskrit literature--History and criticism
Sanskrit literature--To 1500--History and criticism
Sanskrit poetry--History and criticism
Sanskrit drama--History and criticism
Hinduism--Sacred books
Vedic literature--Influence
Vedic literature--History and criticism
Bhagavadgītā--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Vālmīki. Rāmāyaṇa

Art, Hindu
Architecture, Hindu--History
Temples, Hindu
Indic literature--To 1500--History
Indic literature--History and criticism
Indic literature--20th century--History and criticism
Indic literature (English)--History and criticism
Music, Indic--History & criticism
Music--India--History and criticism
Motion pictures--India
Popular culture--India

Sikkim (India)
Sikhs--Ethnic identity

India--Civilization--To 1200
India--Social conditions
India--Social conditions--1947-
India--Social life and customs

Social classes--India
India--Ethnic relations
Caste--India  [jati]
  also see Untouchables  [older Egnlish term]

IC Library Databases (Articles)

Recommended Databases

     ATLA religion database with ATLASerials : Our discipline-specific database for religion research.  Setting search limits on the home page is a good idea if you are looking specifically for journal articles (under "publication type" select "article" to eliminate books and essays in books, which will not be available full text) or if you read only English (under Language select "English" to eliminate retrievals in other languages).
     Subject searching is available--just open the "Select a Field" drop-down menu to the right of the search slots.  And you can preview the Subject Headings available here by clicking on "Indexes" above the search slots and selecting "Subjects All."  Not only will this allow you to confirm Subject Headings, but for each one you will be given a "count" of how many records have been assigned it, so you can see in advance where the greatest number of resources are available for your topic.  Among those available here are Hindu Law, Hindu Literature, Hindu Saints, Hindu Sects, Hindu Theology, Hinduism, Hinduism--History, Hinduism--Ritual, Hinduism--Sacred Books, and Hindus--United States.
     General OneFile : is the most user-friendly of our comprehensive databases, covering almost any topic from a wide range of disciplinary angles and offering lots of full text.  Use the default Subject search to find the best subject heading for your topic (and when you find a good one be sure to look at the "Related Subjects" to see if there's something even better).
     After finding the best Subject term--and these include Hinduism, Hindus, Diwali, and Hindu-Muslim Relations--use the “Subdivisions” link below it for focus.  These allow you to target articles on a particular aspect of the topic, including "Beliefs," “Ethical Aspects,”"History,"  “Political Aspects,” and “Social Aspects.”
      If the best available subdivision is still too broad, open it and add your own Keywords in the "Search within these results" slot at the upper left.      User Advisory: When first viewing your retrievals in General OneFile, note that you are seeing onlythe "Magazines" (popular articles) and must click on the tabs for "Academic Journals" (scholarly articles) or "News" (newspaper articles) to see those results. 
     ProQuest Research Library : is another comprehensive database with substantial full text.  Use the "Thesaurus" (above the search slots) to preview what Subject Headings are available.  Subect searching can be a more efficient way to search than with only Keywords, since it guarantees that the articles retrieved actually be about the Subject--not just use a particular word.   Among the Subjects available here are Hinduism, Hindus, and Hindu Life & Ethics. 
     Note that to the right of your search results you can limit your retrieval by "Source Type" (including Magazines, Newspapers, Scholarly Journals),  "Document Type," (including Cover Story, Editorial, or Interview), "Document Feature" (including Photographs, Illustrations), and "Location."
     Above each set of articles you retrieve ProQuest will display related Subject searches to help either broaden or narrow your focus.
     User Advisory: ProQuest is fussy about entering Subject searches in the designated search slot. If your subject is a person, enter the name--last name first--in the "Person" slot, for example Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand; if a place enter it in "Location," for example, India. 

      Academic Search Premier  Comprehensive subject coverage with considerable full text.  Note that there is a “Subject Terms” link just above the search boxes, allowing you to search the index of Subject Headings--often a good first stop for more efficient Subject searching whereby you are guaranteed that your topic is indeed a main subject of the articles retrieved.      A good initial strategy in this database is to search a likely topic in the Subject Terms and when you find it “explode” the term by double clicking it--this brings up a list of related Subject terms.  You can check as many terms as you like before "adding" them to your search by AND-ing or OR-ing them together.  Among those available here are Hinduism, Hinduism & Politics, Hinduism & State, Hinduism--Doctrines, Hinduism--Rituals, Hindu Diaspora, Hindu Law, Hindu Mythology, Hindu Philosophy, Hindu Sects, and Hindu Women.
     User Advisory: For any retrieved set of articles, there will be a box displayed on the left that will limit the articles to “Scholarly” journals—just check the box and click the “Update Results” button below.

      JSTOR : covers a wide range of scholarly journals in most disciplines, always beginning with the first issue of each one.  This provides 100% full text access to articles from not only the first half of the 20th century but even the second half of the 19th.  (This is our only database where you can retrieve scholarly articles on Hinduism across a wide range of disciplines published in the 1900-1970 period.)  Be aware, however, that at the other end of the date range articles don't appear full text in JSTOR until at least 2-3 years after publication.
     JSTOR offers only a Keyword search of its complete full text, so retrievals are large, but the relevancy ranking does a good job of putting the strongest matches on the first few pages.  This relevancy ranking does not weigh date, however, and will display a mix of articles written decades apart.  So if your topic is time sensitive, be alert to publication dates.
     User Advisory: The academic journals covered here feature numerous book reviews, so it's a good idea to tick the "Article" limit below the search slots so you won't be overwhelmed by book reviews on your topic.  
     Also note the "Date Range" limit, which in a database with an archive this deep can be very useful.

    Project Muse , although a smaller database, it complements JSTOR. LIke JSTOR it provides 100% full text of mostly scholarly journals, but its coverage is entirely current--mainly spanning the last 10-15 years.  Muse uses a "black box" search approach--you enter your search terms in one slot with no designated field options--but in addition to slapping in keywords, you can use the same Library of Congress Subject Headings that work in the Library catalog (see above under "Subject Searches").  This broad approach to searching tends to generate large retrievals, so it's best to be as specific as possible.  And note--once you have a retrieval set, you can add more search terms by clicking "Modify Search" at the top.

      Philosopher's Index : No full text, but the “ArticleLinker” arrows at the end of each citation will connect to scholarly full text in our other databases--making this an efficient one-stop search for ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and logic.  Try Hinduism as a Descriptor and then add keywords for focus.

GenderWatch :A ProQuest database with a focus on women. Begin with Hinduism as a Subject search and add keywords for focus.

     AnthroSource : Open "Advanced" search and put Hindu Hinduism in the "at least one of the words" slot.  This database is particularly strong on Hinduism's cultural traditions and mores.

     Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)  News:  Offering a keyword search of 100% full text from a vast number of national and international newspapers, this is an easy database to use poorly and a bit tricky to use well. In order not to be overwhelmed with articles in which your search terms are mentioned anywhere—first or last paragraph—or any number of times—once or ten times—use commands to target articles in which your topic words are mentioned early or mentioned often.
     Use the hlead command (headline and lead paragraphs) to target articles in which your topic words occur in the prime news-story position of headline or first paragraphs. For example: hlead(Hindu! and women) will retrieve just the articles in which the words “Hindu” or "Hinduism" and “women” are used in the headline or first paragraphs (the exclamation point ! is the truncation symbol in Lexisnexis--retrieving the root word with any ending). Note: the term or terms to which you want this command to apply must be put in parentheses after hlead, with no space between.
     Use the altleast command to target articles in which your topic words occur a set number of times. For example: atleast3(Hindu! and women) will retrieve only the articles where this phrase is used at least 5 times—indicating that it must be a main topic. 

Where's the Full Text for this Article??

     Few databases offer 100% full text.  Most retrieve a mix of full text articles and article "citations"--article title, author(s), publication info, and usually an "abstract" or one-prargraph summary of the content.  When a citation makes you want the full text, look below it for this icon: 
     Clicking "GETIT" checks (almost all) the IC Library's other databases to see if any offers the full text of the article--or if the Library has a print subscription to the journal in which the article appeared. 
  • "GETIT" will usually find the full text in another database and open it in a new window.  
  • If none of our databases can access the full text but we have a print subsciption to the journal, "GETIT" will retrieve the Library catalog record for the journal so that you can see if the date of the article falls within the date range we have on hand.
  • If full text is not available from any database or from a print subsciption, "GETIT" will provide a link to the IC Library's Interlibrary Loan.  Log in (same as your IC e-mail)--and set up your account if you've never used it before.  "GETIT" will have populated the article request form with all the necessary information and you simply submit the request elecrtonically.  Most articles are supplied as digital files and will be sent to you via e-mail when they arrive.

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Hinduism: General Resources:
  • Virtual Religion Index: Hindu Studies: See especially the General Resources and Theology & Devotion. Note: the link to Devata: "the feminine side of divinity" is broken, but you can go to the Shiva Shakti site and scroll down to find it on the left.
  • Hinduism: Paul Flesher of the University of Wyoming wrote and collected the content here as an introduction to the basics of Hindu belief. 
  • Hinduism: A monograph published by the Indian government in 1965.  It provides a good, comprehensive overview.
  • Hinduism Today: A magazine site, but with lots of free content under News and Education tabs at the top.  See especially the free PDF version of their book What is Hinduism?
  • Kauai's Hindu Monastery:  Publishers of Hinduism Today (see above), this site offers additional content, especially under Publications, Study, and Hindu Basics.

India: General Resources:

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