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Taoism: Finding Books

A guide for the study of Taoism

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Three Vinegar Tasters

The Three Vinegar Tasters

Fig. 1881,1210,0.1719, School of/style of: Hanabusa Itcho, Painting, hanging scroll. The Three Vinegar Tasters, representing the Buddha, Confucius and Lao Zi. Ink and colours on paper. Sealed, 18th Century (Japan: Owned by the British Museum), https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_1881-1210-0-1719

Finding Books

Library Subject Headings 

The subject heading Taoism links to many results. Refine your search with more focused subjects. Here is a sample of subjects relating to Taoism (you may also want to refine by language and medium) 

Note! Try searching *aoism to get results for both Taoism and Daoism (often used interchangeably) Also try search for Tao or Dao. Chuang tzu or  Zhuangzi (different transliterations of Chinese) 

  • Taoist philosophy
  • Taoists
  • Tao
  • China civilization taoist influences
  • Laozi
  • Laozi - Dao De Jing

Browse the Shelves

Browse the Shelves

Books on Taoism can be found in both the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library as well as the Main Stacks. These collections are contain both Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.   

Library of Congress

BL1899-1942  Taoism

Dewey Decimal 

299.514