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Subject Librarian:

David Faust

This subject covers: the study of India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Tibet and Afghanistan.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. It is broad, emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.

Index Islamicus indexes worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Periodicals devoted solely to the fields of Islam are indexed completely. Other journals are indexed only for articles on Islamic subjects.

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

Scholarly articles from Sage journals in the social sciences and humanities, the life sciences, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, pharmacology, engineering, and material sciences.

This is a machine-readable full-text database with SGML coding which contains approximately 100,000 pages of the writings from 1825 to the present, written by authors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Fiji, including fiction, short fiction, poems, interviews, and manuscript materials.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.

Guide to Indian Periodical Literature

If you can't find something online, all is not lost! Come to the Ames Library and look at this excellent index to Indian journals.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
ProQuest Newsstand provides indexing and abstracting for 150 full-text titles, plus another 200 regional news sources. Full-text titles include a few South Asian publications, as well as many US and international ones.

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Bibliography comprising annotated entries on works dealing with India's history, geography, economy and politics; and with its people, their culture, customs, religion and social organization. Attention is also paid to current living conditions—housing, education, newspapers, clothing, etc.—that are all too often ignored in standard bibliographies; and to those particular aspects relevant to individual countries.

SARDS 2 is an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles published in journals, collective volumes, conference proceedings, Festschriften, etc. The focus of SARDS 2 is on the humanities and social sciences. To date, over 67.000 citations are electronically searchable, covering the period from 1797 until 2006. All entries can be downloaded and easily printed.


You can not only search the catalog, but access web pages and thousands of images.

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

See historical maps online, including The Historical Atlas of South Asia, by Joseph Schwartzberg

A digitized version of this classic atlas is online and hard copies are available in the Ames Library.

The University of Texas at Austin hosts this well-organized directory of maps (worldwide coverage) directly viewable on the web as .jpeg files. Most are reference maps produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and therefore carry no copyright. Privately produced maps are made available via links. Note that many of the images are too large to be printed on letter-sized paper.

The mission of the UC Atlas of Inequality is to provide online teaching resources and tools to enable student exploration of global change. Aspects of 21st Century global integration and inequality present great challenges to university teaching. The UC Atlas of Global Inequality attempts to address these challenges using the Internet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and new graphical capabilities of digital media to enhance learning in Geography, Sociology, Economics, Health, Technology and Environmental Studies. The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality.

Biographical Sources

(Please note: this resource only allows four (4) simultaneous users. If you are denied access, please try again later)
Biography Reference Bank combines the complete content of Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated with the complete and enhanced content of Biography Index Plus. Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated contains more than 95,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 26,000 photographs of the subjects. Biography Index Plus is a bibliographic database that cites biographical material appearing in periodicals indexed in other Wilson Company databases and additional selected periodicals, current books of individual and collective biography, and incidental biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books. This order has been CANCELLED effective Dec. 31, 2013.
For alternative sources, please see the Biography & Genealogy Master Index ( or the the FAQ How do I find biographical information (

Country Studies

Issued by the US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, these electronically accessible publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states and other territories. The Background Notes are updated and/or revised as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus and are added to the database of this Department of State website.

Paper copies of earlier editions are available in the Government Publications Library in Wilson.

Provides a standard set of facts for all countries of the world.

Clicking this link downloads a searchable pdf version of the entire 1200+ page 2010 edition book - more recent print editions are available in the Ames Library. This is an annual compendium of information and statistics on a wide variety of themes.

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.


A four-volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically. For students and general readers.

"The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."


This guide serves as an index to the DS 412 and 413 (Travel accounts) section of the Ames Library of South Asia for those works which have separately identified chapters or sections dealing with a particular city. Since most travelers to South Asia visited Agra, Benares, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, and Madras, which makes such accounts extremely easily accessible, accounts of these six cities are not provided in this guide. However accounts of Benares which were not written in English have been included.

A searchable illustrated database of writings by or about women in pre-independence India.

Internet Resources


Gateways & Megasites

A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region -- collections include * Census of Nepal 2001 * Fürer-Haimendorf Film Collection * Films * Journals * Maps * Music * Naga Videodisc * Rare Books & Manuscripts * Thak Archive * Thangmi Archive * Williamson Collection * Wutu Collection

" The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. This project builds upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in the Digital South Asia Library include leading U.S. universities, the Center for Research Libraries, the South Asia Microform Project, the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia."

The India Environment Portal is initiated and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India. The India Environment Portal is seeks to be a one-stop shop of all that you want to know about environment and development issues. The India Environment Portal employs a unique and built thesaurus of environmental and geographic terms. Each topic is classified and sub-classified.

The India Water Portal is an open, inclusive, web-based platform for sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public. It aims to draw on the rich experience of water-sector experts, package their knowledge and add value to it through technology and then disseminate it to a larger audience through the internet.

OMuRAA identifies online visual resources -- including collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art -- and indexes them in ways that are familiar to teachers and students in world history, world literature, and general art courses.

PAIR presents freely available Internet resources for research and study of modern East, Central, South, and Southeast Asia on a broad range of topics in the humanities and social sciences. Resources are from various sources including academic, government, commercial, trade and industry, and non-governmental organizations.

The catalog includes current information and data such as bibliographies and databases, data sets, newspapers and journals, government reports, and organization sites. Resources are in English and/or one or more of 27 Asian languages.

Internet Directory

This page links to leading on-line collections of still images of value/significance to researchers in Asian and Pacific Studies, including images of South Asian countries. It is a part of Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library.

Web Sites

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU research publications on themes related to governance, development, gender, etc. are available here.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

Database of images digitized from the rare book collection of the Ames Library of South Asia -- Images include peoples of South Asia, historical maps, landscapes, monuments, infrastructure projects (such as canals & railroads), and the Quetta earthquake of 1935.

Database of 103 stereoscopic views of India from around 1900. The originals are in the Ames Library of South Asia.

Exhibitions consist of images drawn primarily from the Ames Library of South Asia rare book collection.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Aggregates current India news from many sources.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

The most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

Digital archive of 48 nineteenth century British newspapers. This online collection includes national and regional newspapers including those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also included in the collection.

Digital archive covering British news media from 1757-1817. The archive contains about 700 newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney. The contents were published mostly in London, and some were published in English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Provides access to Indian government websites at all levels and from all sectors.

The Union Budget provides insight into the Government of India's spending priorities. The Economic Survey is the government's perspective on the economy. Both are available as full-text .pdf files for the current and previous years.

This Government of India portal provides links to the websites of different departments, ministries, and state governments in India. Many of their important reports, publications, and documents are now available online.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Provides a range of official socio-economic statistics.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics

The Census of India site provides not only statistics, but maps. The Ames Library of South Asia also holds many volumes of the Census of India.

Consolidated site for finding many Government of India data sources.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics via the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS), Population Census Organization (PCO) or Agricultural Census Organization (ACO).

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics.

This site collects data from various official sources on 75 indicators for 37 countries in the Asia-Pacific, beginning in 1990. Updated throughout the year, the database allows users to free access to data, which they can view online, or they can download data sets to their computers for individual use.

This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. You can enter the name of a country in the search box to get started.

Central reference point for tables and maps made available on the Internet by the World Bank. Also includes information on methods, modelling tools and technical assistance for users of World Bank statistics.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started.

Writing Guides

Provides writing help for students at all stages of the writing process.

Quick writing help from the Center for Writing. Info about references & citations, the writing process, style & grammar, punctuation, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

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