An encyclopedia or dictionary is a great place to begin your research. They offer short articles on a broad range of topics and can help you to narrow your research topic or question. Use the bibliographies that accompany each encyclopedia entry to find more information on the topic you choose.
The A to Z of Taoism, by Julian F. Pas
Reference Geisel Floor 2 West, BL1923 .P37 2006
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, 2002 abridged and updated ed.
With entries on major as well as minor religions
The Encyclopedia of Taoism, by Fabrizio Pregadio
Geisel Floor 5, BL1920 .E539 2008 v. 1 and v.2
Historical Dictionary of Taoism, by Julian F. Pas and Man Kam Leung
Geisel Floor 5, BL1923 .P37 1998
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A peer-reviewed academic resource which provides detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. On Daoist philosophy, http://www.iep.utm.edu/daoism/
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
With entries on Taoism, Neo-Taoism, Laozi and Zhuangzi
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