The mission of WikiProject Hinduism is to ensure that Hinduism-related articles on Wikipedia are written in an encyclopedic style, in a neutral and non-sectarian manner, using verifiable and reliable scholarly sources. This is the best place to discuss issues which affect Hinduism-related articles in general. Discussions about particular articles should be handled on the talk pages of those articles.
Departments are specific group of members who do the meta work. Tasks include keeping the project going, maintaining the project pages, related portals, assessing articles, participating in peer reviews, managing the consensus within the project and so on. The following is a list of departments within the WikiProject. WikiProject Members may not necessarily do only departmental tasks. They can contribute content as a member of Work Groups as well.
The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia articles related to Hinduism. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.
The peer review department conducts peer reviews of Hinduism-related articles on request; this helps to obtain ideas for further improvement by having contributors who may not have previously worked on particular articles examine them. Project members are invited to submit articles to the department in lieu of using the generic peer review process.
The following Hinduism-related articles have been or created (note: this is not a complete list, just a list of articles which WikiProject Hinduism participants wish to bring to the attention of other participants) are now located at the New Articles page. Major changes, such as expansion, tidy-ups and promotions can be listed on the Major Changes page.
Although members of the project are usually aware of current problems and specific tasks to perform in Hinduism articles, non-members – who are encouraged to help with these – may not be. Generally, discussions of articles take place on talk pages of those articles, but below is a list of some important problems and tasks.
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In accordance with general directives on reliable source usage, Wikipedia should quote qualified scholars of Hinduism, as Wikipedia policy dictates that authors must be "authoritative in relation to the subject at hand." Other indicators of reliability is whether or not the work is published in a scholarly, peer-reviewed press, or whether the work is itself the subject of independent academic reviews. As per WP:REDFLAG, It is especially important for the source to be of high quality (and preferably there should be multiple sources) when assertions about Hinduism are made which are unsupported by mainstream academic opinion.
The editors should not write for example "Some Hindus argue X" and then reference it to some Hindu websites unless they could show that the website is representative of the thought of a particular significant group.
Please note that websites such as "karma2grace.org" are not reliable sources, because they are neither written by famous scholars nor peer reviewed works. Articles at hinduonline.co are usually signed by the authors. For those articles, if one can establish that the authors hold an official academic degree (Western or Vedic) and are notable, they could be used when properly attributed to the authors. Articles at hinduonline.co are more likely to have references. So, if you found something there, try to look up for its source and then look up the original source. If you are lucky, you'll get a good sourced piece of information.
Sanskrit Wikisource has many relevant works in the Sanskrit language. English Wikisource also has many relevant works in the English language. See the scriptures there.
Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Global Encyclopedia of Ramayana are a very good scholarly resources and one can find information on almost everything. But it is not free unless you belong to an organization that provides access to this for you. Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism online is an exception that contains many articles pertinent to Hinduism, which are peer-reviewed and free to the public, and which may provide additional information not found in the other encyclopedias.
You can have free (but limited) online access to many of these books at books.google.com or amazon.com. You can also search for a word (like Hinduism) in books.google.com and find good books. It is useful to memorize names of some reputed scholars of Hinduism, most of whom are listed on the 'Hindu studies scholars'. Since the scholarly books are usually published by "University of X" presses, you can also add "university" in the appropriate box in the advanced search to get the more scholarly works.
If you can afford $15 a month for access to an online library, Questia has a spotty selection of Hindu-related books. They don't have everything one would want, but they have enough to justify the money, IMHO. You can search the library without joining.
In the U.S., if you have a library card at the local public library (usually free to city residents) you can often get a card at the library of a nearby public university or community college. This may get you access to their online databases like Lexis/Nexis, Jstor, and the Oxford English Dictionary.